Adam Wainwright – St. Louis Cardinals
There are very few 38-year-old pitchers that teams hate to face, however, Adam Wainwright maybe that pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the team is likely less than enthused that he opted to return for another season, whether they get to play him in 2020 or not.
It is easy to forget how dominant that Wainwright has been versus the Dodgers during his career. After all, various injuries have and even the aligning of schedules has prevented the team from getting a look at the right-hander two seasons. However, make no mistake about it, the track record is there.
In 52.1 innings of work against the Dodgers since 2010, Wainwright places 2nd in HR/9 (0.3), 3rd in ERA (2.06), 3rd in FIP (2.84), and 4th in LOB% (84.2%). Los Angeles hitters have also been limited to a .231/.299/.323 batting line, a 25.0% hard-hit rate, and pounded into the ground at a rate of 47.8%.
That’s why Wainright is still 6-5 with two complete games in his career against the Dodgers, despite the recent spate of success Los Angeles has enjoyed. That doesn’t include his three postseason starts against the Dodgers, where he has gone 0-1 with a 4.24 ERA. The Cardinals have come out on the winning side of two of those three match-ups, but the overall results are also clouded by a tough performance against the Dodgers in the 2014 playoffs where he surrendered six runs and 11 hits over just 4.1 innings of work in a game St. Louis eventually won.
While Wainright won’t go down as one of the best pitchers the league ever saw, he nonetheless had his moments in the sun against the Los Angeles Dodgers.