Cardinals Move On Without Wainwright; Cubs Snap Bucs’ Win Streak

Anthony Rizzo

Anthony Rizzo

I find the talk about bringing the designated hitter to the National League sooner rather than later to be a bit ridiculous.

Let me clarify. I am not opposed to the DH in the NL. I prefer keeping the rules as they are.

However, there are multiple reasons that lead me to believe it is inevitable that the DH is introduced to the National League. I’ve written about them before and don’t need to rehash it, but it’s basically something I’m resigned to.

What chafes me, however, is pointing to the Adam Wainwright injury as a point in favor of the DH.

That Achilles injury had nothing to do with being asked to hit. Yes, it happened while he was in the batter’s box. But that’s a matter of circumstance more than anything.

As the broadcasters pointed out during last night’s broadcast, when Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard suffered the same injury a few years back, doctors told him that it was basically a time bomb waiting to go off. There was nothing he could have done about it. It was going happen somehow, someway.

So while Waino’s Achilles tore while starting to run out of the batter’s box, it could just as easily have happened while he was picking up a gallon of milk at the grocery store.

Wainwright, by the way, is a career .198 hitter with 6 homers. Not shabby for a pitcher.

He’s scheduled to have surgery this Thursday.

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In action last night, the Chicago Cubs were winners over the Pittsburgh Pirates, ending the Bucs’ 5-game winning streak.

Jason Hammel went 8 innings for the win, striking out 7 in the 4-0 shutout.

Anthony Rizzo continued to stay hot, picking up two RBI; he has reached base in 32 of his last 60 plate appearances. Jorge Soler broke an 0-for-15 slump with a pair of hits, including a nice hit through the right side on a hit and run play.

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The St. Louis Cardinals couldn’t hold on to a mid-game lead, losing 4-1 to the Phillies.

Philly starter Cole Hamels, an ideal replacement for Wainwright in the St. Louis rotation, went 7 innings for the win, striking out 9 Cardinals.

Cody Stanley entered the game as a pinch-hitter and struck out as the potential tying run against Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon.

Left-handed pitcher Tim Cooney (AAA: 2-1, 3.63), one of the possible guys to replace Wainwright in the rotation, was pulled from his start in Memphis last night. So take that as a strong indicator that he’ll be starting this Thursday.

The Cardinals got good news on Marco Gonzales‘ injury, with an MRI revealing “no structural damage” and him being cleared to resume throwing tomorrow. He seems to be the more likely long-term guy to plug into the rotation and he has plus stuff.

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The Cincinnati Reds handed the Milwaukee Brewers another loss.

To keep with the theme of pointing out pitcher’s hitting abilities, Reds starter Jason Marquis had a hit and an RBI, also pitching 8 innings in the 9-6 win.

Jimmy Nelson had a horrible outing, with four unintentional walks, matching his total from his previous three starts. Nelson’s line: 2.1 IP, 7 R, 6 ER, 6 H, 5 BB.

The Milwaukee staff walked nine, hit a batter, and threw four wild pitches.

It was a blowout until Milwaukee staged a little rally in the 9th. Aroldis Chapman struck out Ryan Braun, who entered the game as a pinch hitter and represented the tying run at the plate, to end the game. Braun is hitting .226 in 66 plate appearances with just one extra-base hit.

For the Reds, Jay Bruce homered (4th) and had a trio of walks. On the flip side, Joey Votto went 0-for-5 with a pair of strikeouts and also grounded into a double play.

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Another starting pitcher goes down, with the Reds’ Homer Bailey going on the DL with a right elbow ligament strain. Like Wainwright, this should be the end of Bailey’s season.

Bailey had surgery last September and started this year on the DL, eventually going 0-1 with a 5.56 ERA in 2 starts.

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Schedule

4-16 MILWAUKEE Lohse (1-3, 7.94)
9-10 CINCINNATI Cueto (1-2, 1.86)
6:10 PM CT
11-9 PITTSBURGH Locke (2-0, 3.32)
11-7 CHICAGO Wood, T (1-1, 3.24)
7:05 PM CT
8-12 Philadelphia Gonzalez, S (NR)
12-6 ST. LOUIS Wacha (3-0, 1.33)
7:15 PM CT

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Standings

W L GB Strk
St. Louis Cardinals 12 6 L2
Chicago Cubs 11 7 1.0 W3
Pittsburgh Pirates 11 9 2.0 L1
Cincinnati Reds 9 10 3.5 W1
Milwaukee Brewers 4 16 9.0 L1
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