Found June 19, 2013 on STLSportsMinute:
St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright uncharacteristically had a bad outing in Tuesday night’s 4-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs touched Wainwright up for four runs in the first inning before Wainwright eventually settled down and pitched seven innings. But the damage was done and it was too little, too late for Wainwright and the Cardinals as they were never able to recover. Wainwright’s record fell to 10-4 on the season and he still leads the National League in wins, but what does a loss to the Cubs do to Wainwright’s candidacy in the NL Cy Young Award race? It is still obviously very early in the season, but now feels like a good time to piece together a very early hypothetical NL Cy Young award ballot. 1. Clayton Kershaw – Los Angeles Dodgers Kershaw was robbed of the award last season, which would have been his second in a row. The only reason he did not win the award is because R.A. Dickey throws a knuckleball, which fans and the media alike fawn over. Baseball experts ...
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