After a Couple of Rough Opening Starts on the Road, Adam Wainwright can Rebound with a Solid Outing at Busch Stadium

Today, Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright must use his start to get back on track. After being roughed up a bit in Pittsburgh and Atlanta, he should feel very welcome in the friendly confines of Busch Stadium. Also, it won’t hurt that Wainwright is facing the Cincinnati Reds.

So far in 2016, Wainwright is 0-1 with a 6.55 ERA, 1.818 WHIP, and only five strikeouts compared to eight walks allowed. In short, Wainwright has not pitched very well at all. He has the stuff to improve, but he just needs to improve his command. Since Wainwright is older now, he does not possess the same velocity that he once had. In order to remain dominant, Wainwright must have impeccable command from the very first pitch.

Carlos Martinez showed last night that this Reds lineup is not Murderers Row, but it’s not a lineup to ignore either. There are a lot of rookies with talent, but there’s also the veteran trio of Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, and Jay Bruce right in the middle of things. Wainwright definitely has experience against the Reds’ main players, but it will be interesting to see how he pitches the rookies.

Last Sunday, Wainwright was extremely frustrated in Atlanta when he walked five Braves hitters. Giving up five walks in a game is simply unheard of for Waino, and he knew it. He showed his frustration on the mound by yelling at himself, something that is extremely rare for him to do. Obviously, Wainwright will have to cut down his walks and keep his composure today in order to help the Cardinals win.

In his career at Busch Stadium III, Wainwright has a 63-36 record with a 2.73 ERA and 700 strikeouts compared to only 186 walks, so hopefully he will use that Busch magic to get back to pitching comfortably again this afternoon. While today’s game might seem like a simple contest against the Reds, it is much more for the true Cardinals ace, who must turn his season around.

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