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As expected, the Cardinals will go with Adam Wainwright in Game 1 of the World Series

Oct 20, 2013, 6:08 PM EST

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In the least shocking bit of news you’ll hear this week, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny will send ace Adam Wainwright to the mound to start Game 1 of the World Series against the Red Sox, tweets Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY.

Wainwright has been nothing short of excellent for the Cardinals, dating all the way back to 2006. In 55.2 innings of work in the playoffs, Waino has a 2.10 ERA with 62 strikeouts and seven walks. During the 2013 post-season, he has gone at least seven innings and allowed two or fewer runs in all three starts.

While it would have been fun to see, there was no chance that 22-year-old phenom Michael Wacha would have gotten the nod in Game 1 despite being the Cardinals’ best pitcher throughout the 2013 playoffs, statistically speaking. In 21 innings over three starts, Wacha has a 0.43 ERA with 22 strikeouts and four walks.

The Red Sox have not announced their Game 1 starter yet, but it is expected to be lefty Jon Lester, who started Game 1 both in the ALDS against the Rays and in the ALCS against the Tigers.

  1. Old Gator - Oct 20, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    I’m….shocked.

  2. cohnjusack - Oct 20, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    Funny to think he has 2 World Series rings yet has never started a World Series game. He was the closer in 2006 and was injured in 2011.

  3. alexo0 - Oct 20, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    It’s always an honor to be a game 1 starter for a classy team whose players never excessively celebrate on-field accomplishments.

    • 34dizzy - Oct 20, 2013 at 6:55 PM

      Why yes, yes it is. But I don’t think your dependent clause adds much value to your statement.

    • paperlions - Oct 20, 2013 at 7:11 PM

      Enjoy. The sniping is taking 0% out of the enjoyment of being a fan of this team.

    • alexo0 - Oct 20, 2013 at 10:23 PM

      Nor should it.

      What ticks me off is the hypocrisy shown by the Cardinals and their disgust over the Dodgers “over celebration” of plays. Meanwhile Wainwright gets out of a potentially big jam and nearly has a heart attack as he celebrates on his way to the bench. Neither celebration was wrong, but the Cards take affront to it because it happened against them, which to me shows who really is the immature team. It’s a game, let guys celebrate, as long as they’re not mocking you directly.

      • paperlions - Oct 20, 2013 at 10:54 PM

        See what ticks me off is fans that read blown up contrived media accounts that create artificial and inaccurate narratives and believe them.

      • alexo0 - Oct 20, 2013 at 11:20 PM

        http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/10/15/shocker-the-cardinals-think-the-dodgers-celebrate-too-much/

        Contrived?

      • forsch31 - Oct 20, 2013 at 11:30 PM

        If you actually take the time and go watch the interview in which Wainwright made the “Mickey Mouse” comment, you’ll notice that he wasn’t complaining and he wasn’t upset. He’s asked what he thought of Puig’s antics, he responds that he didn’t see it, smiles and says he saw Gonzalez do some Mickey Mouse things, even chuckling a bit as he says it, and then goes on to praise the Dodgers.

        While the quote does look bad in print, there’s zero excuse to rip into Wainwright for making what was an essentially a joke. Wainwright has never criticized other teams’ players before for their behavior during his career in my memory, and he deserves the five minutes that it takes to actually look up and watch the interview video posted at the Cardinals’ official website.

        In fact, I’ll make it easy on you: http://wapc.mlb.com/stl/play/?content_id=31141575&topic_id=59730470

        What I find ironic is that the Fun Police rode in to accuse Wainwright of being the Fun Police. The hypocrisy lies elsewhere.

      • paperlions - Oct 21, 2013 at 7:37 AM

        Yes, contrived. As Forsch pointed out, that story was 100% media spin from casual and uncritical comments. Similarly, the “best fans in baseball” thing is 100% perpetuated by the media, mostly national, but also local….and local media should not be confused with the fans. The only Cardinal fans you will seriously see referring to themselves as the “best fans in baseball” are the casual fans and bandwagoners that are no where to be seen until October and then spout a bunch of nonsense (like jhaegs here on HBT).

      • stlouis1baseball - Oct 21, 2013 at 5:56 PM

        Wrong. If you took the time to read the article…in full…for some context you would know he was referring to Gonzalez chirping at him from 3rd base while he was trying to pitch.
        I know it doesn’t make it more interesting for you…but it does squelch the narrative by applying some much needed CONTEXT.

  4. missingdiz - Oct 20, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    Sure, Wainwright should start the first game. I think they should hold Wacha for game 3 (and then 7 if needed). Kelly could go in 2 and 6, w/ Lynn pitching game 4 at home, where he’s usually better.

    • cardslifer - Oct 20, 2013 at 7:56 PM

      ^^^
      Lynn shouldn’t be able to sniff a starting opportunity.

      Hopefully I am speaking for most Cards fans when I say that I think we could send Shelby Miller out there and he could do just as well if not better.

      Lynn has been serving up meatballs most of the year.

      • salvomania - Oct 21, 2013 at 10:28 AM

        You do not speak for this Cardinal fan.

        For his career, and especially so in 2013, Lynn has been very good at home and pretty crappy on the road, so as long as he pitches at Busch he should be fine.

        At Busch in 2013 Lynn had a 2.82 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP, and allowed just THREE home runs in over 100 innings.

        That said, he did pitch well enough to win Game 4 in LA, pitching into the 6th and allowing two runs, and he also won Game 1 in relief, pitching two scoreless innings.

        Lynn finished 2013 very strongly with a 1.09 ERA and a 30/7 K/BB in his final four regular-season starts.

        As long as he starts Game 3 in Busch and Matheny pulls him at the first hint of danger the third time through the lineup, he has a great chance to rack up the W.

  5. doublezero74 - Oct 20, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    As a sox fan, I’m intrigued by the cardinals this year. Looks like a solid team with many good players but no superstar types. Similar to my sox.

    • chrisernst82 - Oct 21, 2013 at 2:32 AM

      As a Cardinal fan i’ll agree to that. I’d say the closest either of us got it is Ortiz. I love the guy, one of my favorite non Cards, he seems to have a blast. If we had DH in the NL i’d love to have him for the next year or two. even though if we did we could keep Beltran and let Adams DH.

      Im excited as could be good luck BoSox fans!

      Those first two are gonna be rough for ya Wainwright gets pumped and hopefully that adrenaline will be lasting at least through 7. Then Wacha in game two. That’s tough for anyone.

      Im all for letting Lynn pitch but since it is the World series he better be pulled quick if he doesn’t have it. You can usually tell by the 2nd if he’s got it. He is the classic jekyl/hyde pitcher. Its either really good or really bad with him. And unless we win the 1st 3 games, which I doubt will happen Game 4 will be pivotal. And we have screwed ourselves with Shelby no way we can send him out game 4 he has been MIA all postseason. By then it will be a month since he started and if im remember correctly he has on came out of the pen once or twice.

  6. walterwhite1976 - Oct 20, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    Sox in Six. Then plenty of Celebrating.

  7. walterwhite1976 - Oct 20, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    Red Sox in Six.

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 21, 2013 at 5:54 PM

      Yep…it was the Pirates in four. Then the Dodgers in 6. I love it!
      Keep it coming Walter. Good luck nonetheless!

  8. psunick - Oct 20, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    “statistically speaking?” What other measure is there?

  9. chrisernst82 - Oct 21, 2013 at 2:34 AM

    Cards in 4, improbably, 5 hopefully, 6 probably.

    GO CARDS!

  10. jhaegs - Oct 21, 2013 at 2:45 AM

    Cards in 3!

  11. jhaegs - Oct 21, 2013 at 2:46 AM

    Dodgers in unemployment line!

  12. thomas655 - Oct 21, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    The question all Cardinals fans are asking: Will Shelby Miller pitch in the world series? Why is Lynn starting when he has been ineffective? Put Lynn in the bullpen and let Shelby start!!!

    • salvomania - Oct 21, 2013 at 10:32 AM

      Lynn has not been ineffective. See my reply about 10 comments above.

      Regarding Shelby, do you really believe the Cardinals are holding him back “just because”? There’s clearly a pretty good reason why he hasn’t pitched, and it’s to the Cardinals’ advantage to not disclose what that reason may be.

      • cardslifer - Oct 21, 2013 at 11:20 AM

        The games I’ve seen Lynn pitch seemed to be ineffective.
        Sure, he let in 2 runs which is borderline acceptable in a pitching dual series, but if you really paid attention you would have noticed how many pitches he missed his spot by Atleast a foot.

        You can only get away with that so many times before it bites you in the butt.

  13. jhaegs - Oct 21, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    @paperlions

    Yes I’ve been a bandwagon fan since I was 8yrs old, going to every home opener since then. Good call! You’re referring to the people I saw at the store, buying jerseys yesterday. Me? I rock my Brian Jordan, Ozzie Smith, and Molina jerseys all year round. YOU sound like a BFIB with you’re self righteousness. It was a joke, calm down grandpa…

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