In case you missed it, John Mozeliak on behalf of the St. Louis Cardinals, announced Wednesday that Adam Wainwright will return to pitch another season. The 41-year-old has declared this will be his final year in MLB.
Cardinals fans had Wednesday marked on their calendars for weeks expecting a few answers to their endless amounts of questions in regard to the 2023 season. Adam Wainwright opted not to ride off into the sunset with his friends Albert Pujols and Yadier Molina, to instead receive his own farewell tour.
It felt strange not seeing Adam Wainwright getting an opportunity to pitch in the postseason, and Wainwright did not want to end his career on that note. Here’s to one last ride for the RHP from Brunswick, Georgia.
Adam Wainwright’s Season Recap
Wine tastes better as it ages, and hopefully, that same idea will be shown with Wainwright heading into his final season. Before we go down that road, let’s take a look at his 2022 campaign.
It was a season that was filled with highs and lows for the veteran. In his 17th season in the big leagues, Adam Wainwright went 11-12 with a 3.71 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 143 strikeouts through 191.2 IP.
We need to look to the month of September and beyond for the reason behind Waino’s struggles. I believe that without these struggles, Wainwright would have hung up the cleats at the conclusion of the season. Because of his lackluster play to close the year out, he did not get an opportunity to throw in the playoffs, and it just was not a good way to go out.
After the heartbreaking end of a fun year, Wainwright revealed he was battling an injury in his leg that impacted his mechanics. His stride was shortened and everything went downhill from there. He noted that once the problem was fixed, he felt good as new.
Throughout his last six starts, Adam Wainwright allowed 23 earned runs. Four of these games were against teams that missed the playoffs. Opponents hit .365 off him in September, where he had the same number of strikeouts and walks.
Before his injury, he pitched a pretty quality season. The pitcher who you may have heard has been writing country music had a phenomenal month of May with a 1.69 ERA. In August, just one month before the abysmal September, Wainwright had a 2.50 ERA and batters only hit .221 against him.
This goes without question; Adam Wainwright will not be our ace in 2023. Adam Wainwright will come into the new season with a huge chip on his shoulder, and I am more than happy he is returning. He wants to go out on top, and I am ready for some vintage Waino.
More From Mo
St. Louis Cardinals fans learned a lot today, but perhaps did not hear all the news they were hoping for. Aside from the Adam Adam Wainwright news, there is a lot more to note from Wednesday.
Our hitting coach, Jeff Albert, and our pitching coach, Mike Maddux, will not be returning to the team. John Mozeliak announced he was hoping to keep them around, but the decision was not in his hands, as the two walked away. Albert received a lot of flack from Cardinals fans for the absence of offense towards the all-important month of October.
As we previously learned, Skip Schumaker is getting his well-deserved opportunity as the new manager for the Miami Marlins. St. Louis is now in the market for a new hitting coach, pitching coach, bullpen coach, and bench coach.
To my delight, Mo stated that acquiring a catcher outside of our current system will be a priority. Twitter is a frenzy in the offseason, but obtaining a catcher (cough cough, Willson Contreras) is the most important task come winter.
Finally, we have a small update on our All-Star Nolan Arenado. The third basemen questioned Mozeliak about his plans for the 2023 season. As an optimistic fan, I will assume that means he wants to be sure that improvements will be made. Mo announced the payroll will go up and Katie Woo wrote about how the team is likely going to be very aggressive this offseason. Do not be surprised if Arenado opts out, simply to put pressure on the front office to make moves around him.
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