Cardinals Top Tens: Starting Pitchers
After a long awaited return, I am back along with my favorite segment Cardinals Top Tens. We have already taken a look at the top ten best catchers, first baseman, and outfielders in the historical Cardinals franchise, and now it is time to shift focus for a little bit from the offensive standpoint and take a look at the greatest pitchers to ever wear the birds on the bat. But before I start let me just note that Cy Young will not be on this list despite being one of the greatest pitchers of all time, he only spent two seasons with the Cardinals.
10. Adam Wainwright
Adam Wainwright was a piece of one of the greatest trades in Cardinals history that sent J.D. Drew and Eli Marrero to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for Wainwright, Jason Marquis, and Ray King back before the 2004 season. “Waino” who made his MLB debut with the Cardinals in 2005, became a fan favorite after his magical rookie season that saw the Cardinals win the World Series in 2006. Wainwright became a starter in 2007 where he has been one of the most dominant Cardinals starters in the last few decades, along with “Co-Ace” Chris Carpenter. In parts of seven seasons with the Cardinals Wainwright has a record of 80-48 with a 3.15 ERA and 908 strikeouts. However purely as a starter Wainwright has a 78-47 record with a 3.14 ERA, 11 complete games, four shutouts, and 836 strikeouts. Wainwright was infamously snubbed for the Cy Young award in 2009 along with Chris Carpenter who both lost to Tim Lincecum whose overall numbers did not match either Cardinals ace. Wainwright followed his career season in 2009 with an even better one in 2010 in which he became a first time All Star and he finished second in the Cy Young balloting behind Roy Halladay. Wainwright missed 2011 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, he still stayed with the team and became a huge club-house force and was given a Ring after the Cardinals won the World Series. 2013 may be his last season as a Cardinals starter if they fail to extend him, but he is still one of the greatest Cardinals starters of all time.