In all the years that he’s come close, Adam Wainwright has made it very clear he wants to win a Cy Young award someday. No, it’s not more important to him than team goals. Winning the World Series will always trump individual accomplishments.
The Cards ace finished in the top 3 twice (2009 and 2010) before blowing out his elbow prior to the 2011 season. 2012 was spent getting his strength back. 2013 was good, but it wasn’t good enough to top the insane Clayton Kershaw.
And aside from taking a start off to rest a sore elbow he’s been the perfect picture of health in 2014.
Besides, who else is there to really top Wainwright? Jhonny Cueto? His numbers right now are extremely impressive (116 innings, 1.86 ERA) but history says he won’t be able to maintain this level of excellence all year long.
Julio Teheran of the Braves? He’s dynamic and has a 2.41 ERA at 112 innings. But Teheran is just 23-years old and is only in his second full season in Major League Baseball. The odds of him keeping this pace for another few months is quite low.
Adam Wainwright has been there before and done that many times over. He knows what it takes to keep up elite level performance for six full months plus a postseason run. His dominance right now can be maintained. He’s pitching as well as he’s ever pitched in his entire life.
The Cy Young should eventually be his in 2014.