The Cardinals had perhaps their biggest win of 2022 during on a record breaking night from Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina
The St. Louis Cardinals and their fans have been anticipating this game for weeks now. Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina broke the MLB record for most starts together at 325, a record that will probably never be broken.
While the record itself is reason to celebrate for St. Louis, their performance against the Milwaukee Brewers may have been their most important win of the season for a variety of reasons. Here is why Wednesday’s win was the best win for St. Louis of 2022.
The offense got to ace Corbin Burnes
One of the biggest question marks facing this Cardinals lineup is whether or not they could hit against the best pitchers in baseball. This issue looms large when you look at the level of starters they will have to face come October.
In 3 starts against St. Louis leading up to Wednesday, Burnes had a 0.43 ERA in 21 innings of work. The club has been dominated by him all year long, and with their recent dry spell offensively, there was an expectation that it would happen again.
Instead, the club had 7 hits, drew a walk, and were hit by a pitch, consistently putting pressure on the reigning Cy Young winner. He cracked a few different times, allowing 3 runs on solo home runs to Nolan Arenado and Lars Nootbaar, as well as an RBI single from Yadier Molina.
If St. Louis can find a way to grind out 2-3 runs against some of the best pitchers in baseball, they will have a legitimate shot to represent the National League in the World Series. There are two many “ace” level pitchers in the national league for the club to struggle against elite arms, and Wednesday was a huge sign for the club.