Adam Wainwright missed his opportunity to take sole possession of the NL wins lead before the break, but a home start against the San Diego Padres might help him accomplish that feat.
Wainwright will try to continue his dominance of the Padres and lead the Cardinals to their ninth victory in 12 games Sunday.
After tying Washington's Jordan Zimmermann for the NL lead July 9, Wainwright (12-5, 2.45 ERA) gave up four runs over six innings last Sunday against the Chicago Cubs and left before the Cardinals rallied for a 10-6 victory.
With Zimmermann also starting Sunday, Wainwright will try at least to remain tied atop the league's wins list with another stellar outing against the Padres. He tried to stay fresh during the break by not pitching in the All-Star game and doing very little throwing over the four days.
"I think that will benefit me more than any amount of bullpen sessions or throwing can do right now," Wainwright told the team's website.
Wainwright is 3-0 with a 0.38 ERA...