After a rough April, Waino had a solid start yesterday vs. Pittsburgh. What will May bring for the Cardinals ace?

When you think of the Cardinals’ pitching staff, Adam Wainwright immediately comes to mind. The 34 year old ace has been a staple in the Cardinals rotation since 2007. Since injuring his achilles tendon, Wainwright has simply not been the same pitcher.

There is no questioning that Wainwright’s only problem is his lack of confidence. His fastball is still averaging 90 MPH while his cutter, curveball and change up all still are above average pitches. Wainwright finds himself in trouble when he leaves his fastball down and when he elevates his off speed pitches. His off speed pitches lac movement while higher in the zone and are easy for major league hitters to put in the bleachers.

The battery of Wainwright and Yadier Molina is arguably the smartest the game has ever seen. Both of them know how to pitch to major league hitters and also know how to get out of a pitching slump. In fact, Waino has already been starting to get back on track. Three out of his last four starts have been quality starts, earning himself the win in two of those. Though he posted a 5.09 ERA during that span, he has been keeping his team in games.

In his last two starts, he had one bad inning which cost him three runs in both games. Wainwright is starting to find his rhythm but is still making small mistakes that are costing him. He’s been cutting down on his walk rate, and his strikeout percentage has been consistent with the rest of his career.

Wainwright is the true definition of an ace. He dominates generally but when he doesn’t, he keeps his team in the game and that’s what he has done this season. His confidence is not there and its costing his accuracy but there is no doubt that he will be able to come out of his slump. Look for Wainwright to have an improved month in May, showing Cardinals fans and Mike Matheny that they should not be worrying about their ace of the pitching staff.

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