Adam Wainwright is talking tough: "I won't lose again," the Cardinals' pitcher told reporters after Saturday's loss to the Reds, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch .
The thing is, does it really matter? That's like Lindsay Lohan saying she's done drinking, Michael Jackson is done with plastic surgery, Eliot Spitzer is done with prostitutes or Mark McGwire will stop with the steroids -- the damage is already done.
Wainwright dropped his fourth straight decision on Saturday, this one at the hands of the National League Central-leading Reds. It gave the Reds an eight-game lead in the division and dropped the Cardinals to 6 1/2 games behind the Phillies in the wild card race with 29 games remaining.
Let's say best-case scenario Wainwright doesn't lose another game, that's what, at best six starts? Is that really going to make a difference for a Cardinals team that has lost 14 of 20 games since sweeping the Reds in Cincinnati last month? Probably not.
So, you know, go win the rest of your games and you may win the Cy Young, but it's not going to matter for the Cardinals because pitching hasn't exactly been their problem.
The Cardinals have 24 hits in their past five games and have scored eight runs total in Wainwright's last four starts. Maybe it's not his pitching that's the problem, Wainwright's batting .181/.253/.236 -- below his career marks of .228/.261/.339 while allowing more home runs to pitchers (one to Travis Wood on Saturday) than hitting them himself (none, despite hitting two last season).
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
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