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Adam Wainwright’s K/BB is absurd

Jun 1, 2013, 10:15 PM EDT

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Throughout baseball history, only two starting pitchers have tossed enough innings to qualify for the ERA title and finished a season with a strikeout-to-walk ratio in excess of 10: Bret Saberhagen in 1994 (11.00) and Cliff Lee in 2010 (10.28). With ten strikeouts and no walks in a complete game effort this evening against the Giants in the second half of a doubleheader, Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright pushed his K/BB to an even 14.00 (84/6) in 89 innings, which would easily set the Major League record if it holds — a huge if, of course.

Wainwright, who needed 106 pitches to get through nine innings in his league-leading third complete game, lowered his ERA to 2.33, helping the Cardinals sweep the doubleheader. The Cardinals have won nine of their last 11 games, improving their record to 37-18 as they remain atop the NL Central by two games over the Reds.

  1. Bryz - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    “Yeah okay, but what about TWTW?”

    – Hawk Harrelson

  2. baseballisboring - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    SIX walks??? Jesus…

    • rufuscornpone - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:02 AM

      That is downright silly…though, amazingly enough, it was topped in 2005.

      Carlos Silva had 9 walks in 188 innings. 9. That’s it.
      How absurd is that? He K rate was an astoundingly low 3.4 per 9 innings. Yet he still lead the league with a whopping 7.89 k/bb ration. He made Bob Tewksbury look like Ricky Vaughn with those numbers!

      • baseballisboring - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:57 AM

        Haha yeah, Carlos Silva wasn’t quite as good…

        I mean…just look at this shit. His K/9 is 8.33. His BB/9 is .68. POINT SIX EIGHT. 49.8% ground ball rate…I’m not sure what league average is but that looks like a good rate. Adam Wainwright is a GUY and a half.

    • gilbert718 - Jun 2, 2013 at 5:41 PM

      Bartolo Colon has 4 walks in 70 innings this year and a 10 K/BB ratio

  3. paperlions - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    If only he was almost as good as Verlander. I’m pretty sure this horse hasn’t even been whipped yet, much less beaten, or killed…but people really seemed to forget how good a healthy Wainwright is when they said that his contract extension was more risky than that of Verlander…even though his extension was only 1 year before he’d be a FA instead of 2 years before, and was for %19.5M year instead of $28M per.

    • baseballisboring - Jun 2, 2013 at 5:58 AM

      Wainwright has a much longer injury history though, and was only decent last year. But I agree that Wainwright has always been underrated…which seems like it’s starting to change…

      • paperlions - Jun 2, 2013 at 9:51 AM

        Verlander is one torn UCL from having the exact same injury history as Wainwright….and Wainwright was actually very good the last 4 months of 2012, and his entire 2012 was exceptional if you consider that he had TJS only 12 months before the season started.

    • baseballisboring - Jun 2, 2013 at 6:00 AM

      Wainwright has a much longer injury history though, and was only decent last year. But I agree that Wainwright has always been underrated…which seems like it’s starting to change, and the Cardinals do look smart right now, at least in terms of the AAV if not the years. $19MM doesn’t buy what it used to…

  4. junglerat524 - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    If Cards history repeats itself his elbow goes pop in late August. Just don’t blame Tony.

    • paperlions - Jun 2, 2013 at 9:53 AM

      Okay smart guy. Time to support your trolling with evidence. Feel free to provide evidence that Cardinal pitchers over the last 2 decades have had more injuries than the average MLB team.

      Also, the implication that a guy that never managed Miller should be blamed for an injury is fucking stupid….and if that is a reference to Ankiel’s mental collapse, it is even more ridiculous.

    • T Pot - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:57 PM

      Old Gator will blame Cueto

    • junglerat524 - Jun 2, 2013 at 6:50 PM

      Pop. It’s coming. Fuck that Old Gator guy. He’s a moron.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jun 3, 2013 at 9:24 AM

      Your Cardinals envy is ridiculously obvious. You might want to tone it down.
      I mean…you are flaming with it.

  5. missingdiz - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    He’ll have to watch out that hitters don’t start hacking at everything because they know it will be a strike. But that little worry out of the way, I love the attitude. Don’t give ’em anything. I’m hoping it’s infectious. The line-up seems to have the offensive approach to match–just keep at ’em, take what you can get, make something happen. It’s delightful rooting for this team right now.

    • wretchu - Jun 4, 2013 at 2:29 PM

      Except that’s not how he does it. He does get a lot of strikeouts, but he actually pitches to contact. He’s sixth in the NL in terms of inducing groundball outs.

  6. beaver15 - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:16 AM


  7. perryt200 - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    in his league-leading third complete game

    what else really needs to be said?

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