Waino seeks elusive home victory against Brewers
ST. LOUIS — Adam Wainwright tries to do something he hasn’t done in nearly two months Saturday — win a game at Busch Stadium when the St. Louis Cardinals host the Milwaukee Brewers.
Wainwright (10-8, 4.61 ERA) ended a career-high streak of eight consecutive starts without a win in his last turn Monday in Pittsburgh, but the Cardinals’ veteran has not won at home since July 16.
That game was Wainwright’s best start of the season, a three-hit shutout of the Marlins, but the veteran is 0-2 in three starts at home since, struggling to win there just as badly as the rest of the Cardinals.
Chase Anderson (8-11, 4.73 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Brewers.
Even though St. Louis defeated Milwaukee 4-3 on Friday night, it is only 31-38 at Busch Stadium and almost certainly headed for its first losing season at home since 1999.
The victory came after Carlos Martinez overcame a sloppy start to last through the seventh inning, raising his record to 14-7.
"He was a little jumpy at the beginning," manager Mike Matheny said. "We had to have him."
The Cardinals need Wainwright too.
They go into Saturday’s game a half-game out of the second wild-card spot behind the Mets, who rallied from a 4-0 deficit to beat the Braves 6-4 on Friday night.
"We know the importance of each game," said outfielder Stephen Piscotty, who hit one of the Cardinals’ two two-run homers Friday night. "There’s no ground to give up now. We’ve had the mindset of one game at a time all year, and I think that’s going to pay off."
Wainwright can increase his chances for success by continuing to come through at the plate. He had three RBIs for the third time this season in his victory over the Pirates, when he won despite pitching only five innings.
Wainwright has 14 RBIs this season on 10 hits — nine of which have gone for extra-bases. His RBI total is the highest by a Cardinals’ pitcher since Rick Wise also had 14 in 1973.
Anderson has pitched better than Wainwright lately, going 4-1 with a 2.65 ERA in his last eight starts, but has not fared well against the Cardinals. He will be making his fourth start against St. Louis, having gone 0-2 with a 3.10 ERA in the three starts this season.
Despite Friday’s loss, manager Craig Counsell has been encouraged by his team’s play of late. The setback was only their second in the last nine games and they scored double-digit runs in three of their last six contests.
"These are good teams we are scoring these runs against," Counsell said of the Cubs, Pirates and Cardinals. "These are teams that are fighting for playoff spots. We’ve played well."