In the National League Wild Card game, Adam Wainwright will start for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Manager Mike Shildt of the St. Louis Cardinals has picked veteran right-hander Adam Wainwright to start the National League Wild Card game against either the Los Angeles Dodgers or the San Francisco Giants next week.
This season, Wainwright has a 17-7 record with a 3.05 ERA in 206 1/3 innings pitched. During that span, he has won 10 of his last 11 decisions, including 11 quality starts.
“As the game progresses, he improves. Before the Cardinals’ 4-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday, Shildt told reporters, “He goes deep in games.” “He’s a major league pitcher.”
Wainwright, 40, has made 28 playoff appearances in his MLB career, including the save in the Cardinals’ 2006 World Series-clinching victory over the Detroit Tigers.
Wainwright has a 3-5 record in 11 postseason appearances, and Shildt indicated Wainwright will have backup if necessary for his start on Wednesday.
Shildt stated, “Everybody will be ready to go for Wednesday.” “We’ll be all hands on deck for the next two days since we have two full days off.”
Wainwright will join Roger Clemens, who did it twice in the 2003 American League Championship Series and the 2004 National League Championship Series, as the only players 40 or older to start a winner-take-all postseason game.
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