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New Month, New Results For Wainwright

Posted on May 2, 2012 at 6:44 AM
Filed Under: Heroes and Goats | Pittsburgh Pirates | St. Louis Cardinals
Do you think that, after he was taken out of the game last night, Adam Wainwright looked around at his fellow Cardinals and said, "Where has this been all season?"

Now, the Cards needed almost all of the 10 runs of support that they gave him, but it was nice to see them score with him on the mound and get him his first win since coming back from Tommy John surgery.  Wainwright wasn't as sharp as he was last time out against the Cubs, but again, save for the home run ball, he looked more like his old self than we've seen.  Once he figures out how to not give up the long ball (13 of his 15 runs now have come that way, not including the run charged to him after he left the game in Milwaukee) he's going to be back to the dominating figure we know and love.

David Freese may have had the biggest home run, but I'm going to give Matt Holliday the well-deserved Hero tag this time.  Holliday got three hits, including a home run, drove in two, scored two and again made it look like he's on the comeback trail.  Holliday also added a stolen base to his collection, making him the all-around threat.

There were a lot of offensive heroes last night, which is to be expected when the scoreboard shows 10 runs and 13 hits.  (Pittsburgh helped out as well with four errors, errors that turned out to be pretty big in the scheme of things.)  Yadier Molina had two hits and stole two bases.  Rafael Furcal had two hits, including his first home run of the season.  Freese had the three-run shot that gave the Cards a good cushion.  Jon Jay tallied two hits.

To go along with all of that, the return of Allen Craig added to the offensive punch.  Craig struck out his first two times, but then showed why everyone was anxious for him to return, smacking two hits and getting his first RBI of the season.  Craig is going to get a good bit of playing time this week (and perhaps longer) with Lance Berkman still out, but after that Mike Matheny is going to have to start that juggling act that we knew eventually he'd have to do, complicated a bit by the emergence of Matt Carpenter.

To make room for Craig, Eric Komatsu was designated for assignment.  There's still a chance he'll stay with the club--he has to pass through waivers, then be offered back to Washington.  If they don't want him (or if the club wants him enough to work out a deal), he can go down to the minors.  I don't think that will happen, but if you were a fan of Komatsu (and I enjoyed what he brought to the team), there's still hope.

Lots of good things last night, but there was a bit of concern as well.  Fernando Salas gets the Goat tag after three runs on two hits and two walks in less than an inning.  Salas hasn't looked good this season at all.  I don't know if it's mechanical (the FSMW broadcast showed clips of him working on those yesterday afternoon) or just the league catching up to him, but it's a concerning trend.  If there was a pitching roster crunch like there has been on the offensive side of things, Salas would likely be the first one on the bus to Memphis.

The Cardinals made some other news yesterday, announcing that they'd be retiring Tony La Russa's number.  I'll have another post about that coming soon.

St. Louis looks to win another series tonight, sending out Lance Lynn against the Bucs.  Lynn faced Pittsburgh two starts ago and went seven innings, allowing only one run.  Here are the historical numbers:

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS IBB HBP GDP
Clint Barmes 5 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .200 .200 .200 .400 0 0 0
Garrett Jones 4 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .250 .250 .250 .500 0 0 0
Andrew McCutchen 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0
Neil Walker 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000 .500 .000 .500 0 0 1
Alex Presley 3 3 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 .333 .333 1.333 1.667 0 0 0
Jose Tabata 3 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .667 .667 .667 1.333 0 0 0
Pedro Alvarez 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0
Rod Barajas 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 1
Casey McGehee 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000 0 0 0
Charlie Morton 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0
Yamaico Navarro 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0
Total 31 29 6 0 0 1 1 2 6 .207 .258 .310 .568 0 0 2
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Generated 5/2/2012.

Pretty much just that one game, so it's tough to draw conclusions. Lynn's been good against everyone, but this will be the first team he's had to face twice. We'll see which side makes the adjustments. 

The Pirates counter with A.J. Burnett. The numbers:
 
PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS IBB HBP GDP
Rafael Furcal 40 34 11 0 0 0 1 4 5 .324 .410 .324 .734 0 1 0
Carlos Beltran 26 24 6 0 0 0 3 2 6 .250 .308 .250 .558 0 0 0
Yadier Molina 9 8 1 0 0 0 1 1 2 .125 .222 .125 .347 0 0 0
Matt Holliday 6 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 .000 .167 .000 .167 0 0 0
Matt Carpenter 3 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .667 .667 .667 1.333 0 0 0
Daniel Descalso 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .333 .333 .333 .667 0 0 0
David Freese 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0
Shane Robinson 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 1
Jake Westbrook 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0
Total 94 84 21 0 0 0 5 8 20 .250 .323 .250 .573 0 1 1
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 5/2/2012.

As long as Burnett's been around, you'd think that there'd be more data to look at.  Of course, he's been in the American League recently and a lot of these players weren't around when he was throwing for the Marlins.  Burnett escaped a bases-loaded, nobody out jam in the first the last time he went against the Birds and then cruised.  We'll see if he's able to have the same effect this time out!

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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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