Wainwright Injury Could Be Bad News for Cincinnati As Well As St Louis

All-Star pitcher Adam Wainwright will be sidelined with an abdominal strain, and that is of course bad news for the Cardinals. But it could also be very bad news for one of their chief division rivals in Cincinnati.

“Wainwright sprained the muscle on Monday while putting a 45-pound weight back on a rack,” stated the Associated Press on 2/27/15. “General manager John Mozeliak said the strain is about belt high.”

Even with a healthy Wainwright at the front of the rotation, the Cardinals were among the leading contenders to acquire Cole Hamels from Philadelphia.

“Earlier in the offseason it was reported the St. Louis Cardinals were going to explore trades for another elite pitcher, and Cole Hamels was one of those names,” said hngh.com. “Is such a trade more likely with starter Adam Wainwright to be limited in 2015?”

Now it indeed stands to reason that St. Louis will pursue the Phillies starter with much more determination. That is the key reason the Wainwright injury hurts the Reds.

Hamels has dominated the Reds during his career, much in the way that Houston’s Roy Oswalt owned Cincinnati during his storied tenure in the National League central. In twelve starts against the Reds, Hamels has never lost. He is 9-0 with a 1.51 ERA when facing Cincinnati, who would have to face him three times as much per season should Hamels land in St. Louis. More details please visit:-aws.com.ly https://rundigitaly.com/ https://banksinfocodes.com/ https://itmang.co.kr/ https://massagerubplaces.com tarot calculator lentotarjoukset

Another possible addition to the St. Louis rotation could involve Hamels’ teammate in Philadelphia. Lefthander Cliff Lee has been almost as dominant against Cincinnati as Hamels, having won seven of his nine decisions with a 3.62 ERA.

On the other hand, Wainwright has had a tough time getting Cincinnati hitters out. He has beaten the Reds just seven times in over twenty starts in his career, posting a 4.38 ERA against them.

Wainwright has pitched more poorly against the Reds than he has any other team, and only one starter in the NL central has fared worse. Pittsburgh lefthander Francisco Liriano has yet to beat Cincinnati during his career, currently holding an 0-5 record against them.

All of the other projected St. Louis starters have enjoyed success against Cincinnati, which accounts for the Cardinals dominance in the rivalry. Lance Lynn is 6-3 with a 3.73 ERA against the Reds, while newly acquired John Lackey has won both of his decisions with a 2.49 ERA against them.

Adding a Reds-killer such as Hamels could go a long way in extending the success St. Louis has enjoyed over Cincinnati. Since Hamels has asked for Philadelphia to trade him, a deal to St. Louis could happen before spring break.

“Philadelphia general manager Ruben Amaro wants three top prospects in exchange for Hamels, who has a minimum of four years and $100 million remaining on his contract,” said USA Today baseball columnist Bob Nightengale. “To secure Hamels, the Cardinals likely would need to part with (Carlos) Martinez or (Marco) Gonzales as well as an outfielder such as Randal Grichuk or Stephen Piscotty (the Phillies have long coveted Peter Bourjos as well, sources say).”

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