If I can keep it up all month, 31 days of positive posts! There's going to be enough negativity going around with the Cardinals not in the post-season.
Author's Note: So, tonight (and Thursday) will be two of the toughest for me to write. Not because I can't stay positive on these two topics. I am a teacher. Parent/Teacher conferences are tonight and Thursday night. I got to tonight's, but I apologize if I don't get to Thursday's. There will be two on Friday for Days 25 and 26 if I don't get to it on Thursday. However, I will make my best effort.
The sentimental baseball dork in me absolutely loves that Adam Wainwright will be back in 2019! The eternal optimist in me will look at why, statistically, we might not regret that signing.
When Adam Wainwright finally got back from injury for his final 4 starts of the year in September, his overlying stats were ... ummm ... not of high quality. He gave up 4 earned runs in three of the four games he started on 5 full days of rest each (6 man rotation). He only threw 22 1/3 innings in those 4 games - just over 5 an inning. He gave up 3 home runs in that time. While those numbers are not eye popping in a good direction (leading to a 1-1 record and a 4.84 ERA, let's look at the positives of those 4 starts:
He made 4 starts in a row without getting re-injured.
He had a .247/.283/.391/.673 line against him over 93 batters faced.
He had a 25:4 K:BB (and thus a K/9 over 9.00 (for a season ending 8.9 K/9, his highest total ever, even including relieving in his rookie season)!
He struck out 26.9% of the men he faced and struck out 22.6% more than he walked. Those are both elite numbers for starters.
He had a 1.16 WHIP.
His FIP was 3.21 and xFIP was 3.16.
In his 6 games in the minors on rehab prior to his 4 games back in the majors, he threw 17 innings and only gave up 12 hits, with a 23:4 K:BB. That's a WHIP under 1.00, and a K:BB of nearly 6. He had a 0.00 ERA in that time as well with a FIP under 2.00.
Positive October Day 23, in the books!
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