St. Louis Cardinals: Top five pitching seasons of the decade

ST LOUIS, MO - JULY 14: Adam Wainwright #50 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Busch Stadium on July 14, 2019 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - JULY 14: Adam Wainwright #50 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Busch Stadium on July 14, 2019 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images) /
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ST. LOUIS, MO – SEPTEMBER 10: Adam Wainwright #50 of the St. Louis Cardinals tips his cap after recording his 1,600th career strikeout while playing against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the second inning at Busch Stadium on September 10, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) /

1A. Adam Wainwright, 2010 – 230.1 IP, 2.42 ERA, 160 ERA+, 1.051 WHIP, 2.2 BB/9, 8.3 K/9, 6.2 bWAR

1B. Adam Wainwright, 2013 – 241.2 IP, 2.94 ERA, 127 ERA+, 1.068 WHIP, 1.3 BB/9, 8.2 K/9, 6.26 K/BB, 6.2 bWAR

1C. Adam Wainwright, 2014 – 227 IP, 2.38 ERA, 153 ERA+, 1.031 WHIP, 0.4 HR/9, 2.0 BB/9, 6.1 bWAR

I broke the rules, but who cares, it’s Adam freaking Wainwright. Waino posted one of the most dominant stretches in franchise history. If not for an unfortunate achilles injury in 2015 (while BATTING, please… universal DH), he might have had even more seasons to add to the list.

Not much recapping is needed, everybody knows about his greatness. His signature curveball was his best tool, and to this day, hitters still can’t seem to figure it out. As soon as possible, he’ll be wearing the red jacket of the Cardinals Hall-of-Fame with the other greats of this proud and historic franchise.

Next. Bold Prediction: One big contract will be cut. dark

Despite probably falling short of the MLB Hall-of-Fame, fans are blessed to have Waino back again for 2020, for maybe his swan song, and to break more records with Yadi. He has been a huge part in the St. Louis community during his career, and we may never see a more genuine person that Adam Wainwright.

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