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Pushed back start means Adam Wainwright vs. Clayton Kershaw won’t happen Sunday

Jul 18, 2014, 6:47 PM EDT

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Sunday Night Baseball this weekend features the Cardinals and Dodgers, and things had been lined up for All-Star starter Adam Wainwright to face off against the man some people felt should have gotten the starting nod, reigning Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw.

But the great matchup won’t happen.

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny spoke to Wainwright about how he felt following the one-inning appearance in the All-Star game and has decided to push back his first start of the second half until next week. Kershaw, meanwhile, also threw one inning in the All-Star game and, for now at least, is scheduled to start Sunday night for the Dodgers.

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch notes that Wainwright skipped one turn in the rotation earlier this season to rest a sore elbow and doing so again will give him at least 10 days between starts and “a chance to rest now and roar through the remainder of the season.”

Fair enough, but damn that would have been a lot of fun to watch (although a Kershaw vs. Carlos Martinez matchup Sunday is pretty nice too).

  1. indaburg - Jul 18, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    Kershaw v. Wainwright was a sweet match-up. How dare Matheny not give TV what TV wants.

  2. icanspeel - Jul 18, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    And that is why Baseball is dying… Not really, but elite pitching matchups on Sunday Night would definitely draw in the viewers.

  3. chrisernst82 - Jul 18, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    Clayton tends to turn in his worst starts in STL. Its like they have a piece of Kryptonite under the mound. Might not be a great pitching matchup anyway.

    • stercuilus65 - Jul 19, 2014 at 6:29 AM

      He’s 2-3 with a 3.65 era lifetime in st louis, poor numbers by his lofty standards but hardly hopeless

  4. tmc602014 - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    Wainwright told Matheny he was gonna send one down the pipe to Matt Kemp, ‘cuz he got robbed in the MVP vote that one year, and he’s been injured since. Yeah, Matheny didn’t think it was funny , either.

    • moogro - Jul 18, 2014 at 11:19 PM

      If you throw the All-star game, we’ll throw the rest of the season to cover for you. nOt!

  5. ramblingalb - Jul 18, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    You can see the casuals tuning in to watch Carlos Martinez and his 4.43 ERA. Excitement galore.

    • chrisernst82 - Jul 19, 2014 at 3:04 PM

      Actually Martinez is pretty fun to watch.

  6. amaninwhite - Jul 19, 2014 at 1:39 AM

    I guess Wainwright was still sore after grooving so many pitches on Tuesday. I mean, how else could an elite pitcher such as himself give up so may hard hit balls and cost a team other than his own a shot at home field in the World Series?

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