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Adam Wainwright continues hot start, going 8 1/3 scoreless innings against the Nationals

Apr 23, 2013, 10:35 PM EDT

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Adam Wainwright is on some sort of mission.

The 31-year-old right-hander was absolutely locked in on Tuesday evening in the nation’s capital, striking out nine batters and allowing only one walk and five hits over 8 1/3 scoreless frames against a Nationals team that carries 2013 World Series aspirations.

Waino now boasts a 1.93 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 37/1 K/BB ratio through 37 1/3 innings this season. He already has one shutout, and nearly notched his second tonight but skipper Mike Matheny opted to have Edward Mujica close out the 2-0 victory.

The Cardinals must be relieved that they were able to sign Wainwright to an extension before the start of the regular season. And his five-year, $97.5 million deal is looking like a pretty good bargain early on.

Wainwright will take on the division-rival Reds at Busch Stadium next time out.

  1. 13arod - Apr 23, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    matt moore for tampa is 4-0 and has the second loweat era in the american league beat that

    • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 23, 2013 at 11:02 PM

      I can top that, every bluejay starter has an ERA above 4.00. 3 of them are well over 5.00!! Hows does that sound?

    • baseballisboring - Apr 23, 2013 at 11:31 PM

      Hm I dunno, seems like whoever has the number ONE ERA in the league has him beat, right?

      • mabrays - Apr 24, 2013 at 11:08 AM

        That would be Clay Bucholz, 4 – 0, 0.90 ERA. I am still trying to figure out how 13arod’s comment is even remotely relevant to a post about Adam Wainwright. Then I have to wonder why I am indulging him and leaving a comment in response.

    • stlouis1baseball - Apr 24, 2013 at 1:03 PM

      Adam Wainwright sets the Major League record for most strikeouts to start the season without allowing his first walk. 35 K’s…with his 1st walk of the year in the 6th inning last night.
      Chew on that 13!

  2. dirtyharry1971 - Apr 23, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    Hey how about those 8-13 bluejays? Gotta love it!!

    • baseballisboring - Apr 23, 2013 at 11:34 PM

      The Rockies also have one of the best records in the majors, don’t be fooled by SSS…

    • forsch31 - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:37 PM

      While the off-season gloating by Blue Jays fans was a bit irritating for a few people, so is gloating about the team’s struggles after a single month into the season.

      21 games into a 162 game season. Yep, they must be toast.

  3. dolphindubs - Apr 23, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    @13arod

    Isnt it past your bedtime little kid? Grab your sippy and hit the sack, leave the comments to us big boys

  4. spudchukar - Apr 23, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    IMHO, this was Wainwright’s best outing yet, and the last one was pretty darn good. More fastballs, which is the most promising sign. When he keeps hitters guessing he can be dominating. When you combine his guts, and smarts, with command of his ace stuff, he is the kind of pitcher who can carry a team and lead the way for the young guns.

    • okwhitefalcon - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:34 AM

      Velocity was great tonight, the heat along with the hammer is a tough combo.

      Another drama-less save for Mujica, “another” meaning, well..2.

      And for the HPGF’s, Michael Wacha was filthy in his start this afternoon for Memphis, sub 2 ERA in 4 starts..

      • paperlions - Apr 24, 2013 at 6:55 AM

        Hey, those 2 Mujica saves combined have been more drama-free than any single out by the rest of the bullpen this year. He just goes in there, throws strikes and keeps the ball down.

  5. baseballisboring - Apr 23, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    Hell, that contract extension is looking like a bargain so far considering what the other aces have been getting.

    • historiophiliac - Apr 23, 2013 at 11:40 PM

      So you’re saying the Cards are cheap?

      • tridecagon - Apr 24, 2013 at 10:53 AM

        Wainwright isn’t greedy. He wanted a long-term contract he could feel good about earning, one that would leave the team with some dollars to spend elsewhere. He got it.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 24, 2013 at 10:54 AM

        Well, that just makes him sound stupid.

      • tridecagon - Apr 24, 2013 at 10:59 AM

        To me, stupid would be signing for an extra $50 mil or so, then cracking under the pressure of a contract that you could never live up to, and not being able to finish your career as the pitcher you have dreamed of being your whole life.

        But you go ahead and make it all about the numbers.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 24, 2013 at 11:24 AM

        Too funny.

      • forsch31 - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:39 PM

        Stupid? Do you make $19 million a year?

  6. thebadguyswon - Apr 23, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    MATT HARVEY

  7. evanwins - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    Were Espinosa and Strasburg impressed?

    The Nats played 6 games against the Marlins and won 5, what would their record look like if they hadn’t played Miami yet?

    Someone, probably Davey Johnson, should have brought this team down to earth when everyone was saying they were the greatest thing to happen to baseball since lights for nighttime games. But instead he just fed into it and now they actually have to play the games and it isn’t working out so well.

    Tell Strasburg, Espinosa, Harper, Werth, error-factory Desmond, Biogenesis client Gio, moron Rizzo and whoever else gave this team the idea they were the 2013 WS Championship in March that I’m not impressed and neither is the rest of the baseball world.

    #EpicFailNationals

    • thebadguyswon - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:52 AM

      They are actually under .500 by Pythagorean record.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Apr 24, 2013 at 9:03 AM

      Sticking my troll hat on

      “The Nats played 6 games against the Marlins and won 5, what would their record look like if they hadn’t played Miami yet?”

      I can do you one better – add in the sweep of the last place White Sox, and the Gnats are 2-9 against teams that are not in last place. And each of those two wins saw the Nats blow leads of at least 3 runs.

      This is what I did last night as the Phillies were losing :)

  8. kylewo - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    He hit 94mph with his fastball at the end of his outing. Very promising.

  9. David Hruska - Apr 24, 2013 at 4:11 AM

    Man that contract Wainwright signed is looking like a bargain right now, especially when you look at some of the funny money some of the other aces are going for
    http://thecutoffman.mlblogs.com/2013/04/24/adam-wainwright-an-ace-once-more/

  10. blues1988 - Apr 24, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    still kills me that PETE MF’IN KOZMA is getting booed every time he comes up to bat hahaha. i mean i get it, it’s just probably the first time he’s ever been booed before and probably loves it.

    • tridecagon - Apr 24, 2013 at 10:56 AM

      You boo a guy when he did something classless or douchey or got in a fight with one of your team’s players, not just because he got a big hit or two against your team in the playoffs.

      Stay classy, Washington.

      • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Apr 24, 2013 at 11:03 AM

        I don’t think that’s true. Mets fans always booed Chipper Jones, and he didn’t do much to them besides rake against their team.

      • tridecagon - Apr 24, 2013 at 11:18 AM

        Are you implying that we should all be more like Mets fans?

  11. stlouis1baseball - Apr 24, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    A whole lota’ Adam Wainwright last night. Dude was throwin’ B.B.’s. Good call by Matheny in the fourth with that hit and run. The hitters did a wonderful job staying back on the ball and going opposite field against all those fastballs.
    For the Nationals Fans:
    Your boy did everything he could to help you guys win last night.
    Matt Holiday hits a laser to the right field wall and he damn near throws him out with a seed to 2nd base. Then he leads off the 9th w/ a frozen rope to RF and promptly takes 2nd on Beltran.
    A guy who (despite his age)…still has a good arm. Most impressive…the shot to RF was absolutely smoked. it was on Beltran in no time. And he still takes 2nd on it. Kid’s fun to watch.

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