Adam Wainwright will do it don’t make a new start for the St. Louis Cardinals, and the retiring 42-year-old pitcher will have exactly 200 wins in his MLB career.
Manager Oliver Marmol announced The Tuesday Wainwright faced the Milwaukee Brewers last week was his last. The Cardinals are currently last in the NL Central and will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2018.
In his final visit to the mound of his 18-year career, Wainwright delivered a classy performance in a 1-0 win in front of a sold-out Busch Stadium. He allowed four hits in seven innings — his longest outing of the season — and struck out three while not allowing an earned run for the first time this season. That was good enough for his 200th win and made him the fifth active major league pitcher with 200 or more wins and only the third pitcher in franchise history to win 200 games.
Wainwright’s final start was the 411th of his MLB career and his 59th in the regular season since his 40th birthday in 2021.
There was a chance that Wainwright could have pitched again this season, but shoulder and back soreness forced Marmol to miss his regular rotation move, which would have occurred last Saturday against the San Diego Padres.
However, Marmol didn’t rule out Wainwright grabbing a bat during one of the Cardinals’ final games. The pitcher had hoped to serve as a designated hitter or pinch-hitter in a game this season, but that depends on whether the Cincinnati Reds are still in playoff contention at that point.
While Wainwright has a career batting average of .193, he has put up some serious production with 10 home runs, 75 runs batted in and 39 doubles.
“He definitely pushed for it, I’ll tell you that,” Marmol said St. Louis radio station KMOX. “There has to be a word at the top [lobbying].”
Also, Wainwright will perform music from his upcoming album on September 30th as part of “Waino weekend“ to celebrate the franchise legend.