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Exit Interview: Adam Wainwright

Posted on November 10, 2012 at 8:25 AM
Filed Under: St. Louis Cardinals
To give myself a reason to look back on this season, I've started this series of blog posts to review each player that spent time in St. Louis during 2012.  More summaries than anything, I imagine the player coming into Mike Matheny's office and having a short conference before heading home for the winter.

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Season stats: 14-13, 3.94 ERA, 32 games, 198.2 IP, 196 H, 15 HR, 52 BB, 184 K, 1.25 WHIP

Hero/Goat: Hero 7, Goat 8

Overall grade: B+

Positives: We got to see Wainwright dropping curves from a major league mound again.  In some respects, the rest was just icing, but it was pretty tasty icing as well.  Wainwright settled in around the middle of the season, running off a stretch from mid July to mid August that was the Waino we know and love (8 games, 1.74 ERA, 57 IP, 54 K, 7 BB).  He also had some left for the postseason, striking out 10 in his first start against Washington and tallying the Cardinals' last win of the year in Game 4 of the NLCS.

Negatives: If you were looking for consistency, though, you had to look somewhere else.  Wainwright started off rough, giving up eight runs in three innings in his second start and sporting a 6.16 ERA after seven starts.  Even when things looked to get on track (such as his shutout of San Diego), they didn't always stay there (allowing seven runs to the Mets two starts later during Johan Santana's no-hitter).  Home runs were his bugaboo in the first half, allowing 10 of them in just over 102 innings.  He also stumbled in Game 5 of the NLDS, allowing six runs and needing his teammates to pull out an amazing comeback to keep him from the loss.

Outlook: Pitchers tend to be stronger when they get two or so years away from their surgery.  Wainwright will hit that mark at the end of February and there's no reason to believe he would be any different.  The talk this offseason centers around his contract extension, as he'll be a free agent at the end of 2013, but odds are strong that the two sides will work out something and keep him in Cardinal red for a long time to come.  Seeing Wainwright on the list of Cy Young candidates next fall wouldn't be a big surprise to anyone.


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Heroes
Carlos Beltran (6)
Yadier Molina (5)
Matt Holliday (4)
Jon Jay (4)
Matt Carpenter (3)
Daniel Descalso (3)
Jaime Garcia (3)
Pete Kozma (3)
Shelby Miller (3)
Adam Wainwright (3)
Allen Craig (2)
Lance Lynn (2)
Tyler Lyons (2)
Edward Mujica (2)
Jake Westbrook (2)
David Freese (1)
Joe Kelly (1)
Seth Maness (1)
Trevor Rosenthal (1)
Michael Wacha (1)
Ty Wigginton (1)

2012 Top Hero: Matt Holliday (17)
2011 Top Hero: Lance Berkman (24)
2010 Top Heroes: Matt Holliday and Albert Pujols (24)
2009 Top Hero: Albert Pujols (28)
2008 Top Hero: Albert Pujols (25)

Goats
Jon Jay (6)
David Freese (5)
Mitchell Boggs (4)
Joe Kelly (4)
Pete Kozma (4)
Matt Carpenter (3)
Allen Craig (3)
Daniel Descalso (3)
Jaime Garcia (3)
Yadier Molina (3)
Matt Adams (2)
Carlos Beltran (2)
Matt Carpenter (2)
Matt Holliday (2)
Lance Lynn (2)
Seth Maness (1)
Shane Robinson (1)
Fernando Salas (1)
Adam Wainwright (1)
Jake Westbrook (1)

2012 Top Goat: Rafael Furcal (11)
2011 Top Goat: Ryan Theriot (12)
2010 Top Goat: Brendan Ryan (14)
2009 Top Goats: Rick Ankiel and Todd Wellemeyer (13)
2008 Top Goat: Troy Glaus (13)

Cardinal Nation Approval Ratings (March 2013)
Yadier Molina 96.2% (up 8.8%)
Chris Carpenter 89.8% (down 0.3%)
Derrick Goold 89.1% (up 6.3%)
Matt Holliday 88.4% (up 0.9%)
Allen Craig 88.3%
Adam Wainwright 88.2% (down 3.7%)
Jose Oquendo 87.1% (up 2.4%)
Jason Motte 86.9%
John Mozeliak 86.5% (up 1.1%)
United Cardinal Bloggers 85.2% (up 6.3%)
Bill DeWitt 85.1% (up 5.3%)
Mike Shannon 85.1% (down 0.2%)
John Rooney 84.5% (up 3.0%)
Mike Matheny 84.4% (up 3.3%)
David Freese 82.9% (down 2.6%)
Jon Jay 81.8% (up 10.7%)
Lance Berkman 80.6% (down 8.0%)
Jenifer Langosch 79.5%
Lance Lynn 79.5%
Dan McLaughlin 76.0% (up 8.0%)
Jim Hayes 73.0% (up 1.1%)
Ricky Horton 65.5% (down 2.0%)
Jaime Garcia 64.1%
Albert Pujols 59.2% (up 4.3%)
Ballpark Village 58.3%
Joe Strauss 54.3% (down 13.4%)

2012
Tony La Russa 88.2% (up 17.4%)
Mark McGwire 82.6% (up 20.1%)
Skip Schumaker 73.3% (up 9.2%)
B.J. Rains 69.5% (down 0.9%)
Kyle Lohse 68.9% (up 13.8%)
Al Hrabosky 66.4% (up 3.2%)
Colby Rasmus 46.5% (down 35.3%)

2011
Dave Duncan 87.9% (up 0.9%)
Matthew Leach 85.5%
Pop Warner 76.7%
Ryan Franklin 72.8% (up 3.1%)
John Vuch 68.9%
Jeff Luhnow 66.4%
Dan Lozano 58.7%

2009
Rick Ankiel 83.9%
Chris Duncan 69.1%


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