Watch out for Adam Wainwright in 2014. He was slated to make his debut yesterday, but rain postponed the game and pushed back his start till today against the Miami Marlins. The delayed debut didn’t faze the ace of the St. Louis Cardinals one bit. St. Louis had a game plan for Wainwright in his first start of Spring Training, and he executed this plan to the fullest.
Manager Mike Matheny already named Wainwright his opening day starter after the right-hander posted a 19-9 record with 2.94 ERA last season. However, Matheny still wanted to see what his starting pitcher would look like in his first action against the Marlins. The plan was for Wainwright to get in two innings of work on the mound, and he did exactly that in an impressive debut for St. Louis.
The ace of the Cardinals’ staff needed a little time in the beginning to get control of his pitches, but after finding his command the starting pitcher looked as dominant as ever. In two scoreless innings, Wainwright only allowed one hit, which was a soft single on a ground ball up the middle in the first inning before Yadier Molina caught Christian Yelich trying to steal second base to end the top of the first. He also recorded one strikeout on only 22 pitches to make quick work of a weaker Miami lineup.
After this kind of performance from their top starting pitcher in his spring debut, St. Louis fans have to be excited about the upcoming 2014 season. Wainwright gives the Cardinals a formidable ace who should guide this team to not only the MLB Playoffs, but possibly a deep run into October for a chance to play in the World Series once again. Who knows? He might even win the NL Cy Young this season as well after finishing behind Clayton Kershaw a year ago.