Found August 29, 2013 on 85% Sports:
Wednesday night saw Cardinal ace Adam Wainwright have one of the worst pitching performances of his career: 2 IP, 2 H, 9 ER, 2 BB, 1 K. It’s his shortest outing as a starter (although he’s had 2 regular season games where he lasted only 2 2/3 and that game 5 start versus the Nationals in the NLDS where he went 2 1/3), the most earned runs he’s given up in his career (previous high was 8 twice), and his highest hits per 9 innings since August 31 last year. As soon as I left the game, people were buzzing about pitch counts. “This happened because he went almost 130 pitches on Friday” was the trend on the radio. I was curious is this was the case. Looking at the 255 games Wainwright has pitched in, you have to discount a few things. Here’s the amount of games he’s thrown since his call up in 2005, along with scatter graphs of his innings and pitches per outing: When looking at his pitch counts and innings, you throw out 2005 and 2006; he was initially brought up as a reliever to get...
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