The Bottom Line: Adam Wainwright threw 7 innings of no run baseball, and Matt Holliday hit a solo shot in the first to power this Cardinals’ offense past the lowly Chicago Cubs. Trevor Rosenthal picked up his 32nd save after stranding a runner in the ninth.
Waino: Once again, Adam Wainwright proved why he is the ace of this staff and one of the best in all of baseball. Even though today wasn’t his sharpest outing, Waino still shutdown the Cubs’ offense, only allowing five hits over seven innings. With this game, Wainwright’s ERA is once again under 2.00 and sits at an unbelievable 1.92.
Offense: Matt Holliday provided what ended up being the only run in this game with a solo shot in the first. Matt Carpenter added three hits and A.J. Pierzynski went 1 for 4 and is batting .500 in his two games with the Cardinals. However, despite the win today, this offense is still dreadful. Most games this team will live or die on the bats of Holliday and Matt Adams, but if both of them have an off-day, this team will struggle to score at all. GM John Mozeliak needs to add a quality bat if the Cards have any chance of a run in October.
TLR: Today Cardinals’ great Tony La Russa was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. La Russa won two World Series while the manager of the Cards and one Manager of the Year award. Go check out his speech sometime today and you won’t be disappointed.
What’s Next: The Cards have an offday tomorrow before starting a three game set against the anemic Padres on Tuesday. Lance Lynn is scheduled to start that game for the Cards.