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Cardinal advent calendar, Day 18: Adam Wainwright

PA/BF B-Ref Shortcut Name Contract Status 2013 Stat Best Known For
956 ad wai Signed through 2018 6.2 WAR, more than the team’s next two pitchers — Lance Lynn (3.3) and Rosenthal (2.2) — combined Taking a no-hitter into the eighth inning vs. Colorado May 11

Man, this guy is huge. No wonder he’s so good.

Michael Wacha

Before the season began, the only question about Adam Wainwright wasn’t  whether he was healthy or would be one of the top pitchers in baseball, but how much and how long his contract extension would be. Thankfully for the team and fans, John Mozeliak was committed to making it work, recognizing early that “It’s going to be long. It’s going to be expensive.” We predicted five years and $90 million, which was just short of the $97.5 million he ultimately signed for on Mar. 28, the largest contract for a pitcher in franchise history. He immediately made good on the deal, turning in 6.2 Wins Above Replacement on the strength of a 2.55 FIP, both career bests. He sprinted out of the gate, opening the season with an amazing streak of 133 batters faced before allowing his first walk (to Bryce Harper in his fifth start). When he finally had something other than infinite K/BB, it was 35.00; he finished with a 6.26 K/BB, the 23rd-best all-time. He struck out 12 in shutting out the Brewers in his third start, and followed Shelby Miller‘s one-hitter against the Rockies by taking a no-hitter into the eighth inning, which he converted into a two-hit shutout. The staff ace wrapped up his stellar season with an epic duel with Boston’s Jon Lester, outpitching (0.62 FIP/1.20 xFIP/28BF) the Red Sox lefty (2.92 FIP/2.29 xFIP/26BF) in the Cardinals’ losing effort in Game 5 of the World Series … fourth-best xFIP in MLB (2.80, ahead of Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw … led majors with 241.2 IP, 956 BF … began hosting charity fantasy football league … had an ironic moment in World Series Game 1 when infield pop dropped between him and Yadier Molina, both Gold Glove winners in 2013 … with 1314 2/3, aims to surpass mentor Chris Carpenter (1348 2/3) next season on club’s all-time innings pitched list … passed Dizzy Dean to move into second place behind Bob Gibson on club’s all-time strikeout list with 1127… has one best curveballs in MLB… since 2009, has third lowest FIP (2.90) in MLB (min. 500 IP), behind only Clayton Kershaw and Cliff Lee … his .268 SLG nearly matched Pete Kozma’s .273.

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