Early in the year when the St. Louis Cardinals found out that Chris Carpenter would be gone for the year a bunch of pressure shifted squarely onto the shoulders of Adam Wainwright. He proved once again on Tuesday why he is the unquestioned leader of the Cardinals’ pitching staff when he pitched 8 1/3 shutout innings against the Washington Nationals.
The man who wields what some consider the best curveball in the game kept Nationals’ hitters off balance all night long. He lowered his earned run average to 1.93 for the season and picked up his fourth win. The only bad thing that happened tonight was he walked his first batter of the year, but hey, one walk in 37 1/3 innings isn’t too shabby. He also still has not allowed a home run in his five starts.
The Cardinals will definitely need Wainwright to continue his domination if they are to stay atop what is shaping up to be a tough National League Central division. He is a leader of what has been an impressive staff so far this year. Of the five starters Lance Lynn has the worst ERA at 3.68.
It is very early in the season, but I am going to be bold and predict that Wainwright will win the Cy Young Award this year. He has placed in the top five twice before and this year he will finally take home the prize. If he keeps snapping that curve and making hitters look silly, Cy Young voters will have to take notice.