Wainwright looks to continue success against Braves in finale

Wainwright looks to continue success against Braves in finale

Wainwright looks to continue success against Braves in finale

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by JJ Bailey / BaseballStL | @TheJJBailey

KMOV.com

Posted on May 7, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 7 at 4:24 PM

(BaseballStL) — Adam Wainwright is back on the hill Wednesday, looking to rebound from a rough outing against the Cubs last Friday

Allowing 10 hits through five innings, the Cardinal ace matched his season run total (six) in the loss to Chicago. 

Atlanta is only 10 runs worse on the season the the Cubs, plating a second-to-last 104 runners. The Cardinals, sitting at 26th in the league, have scored 120 times. 

Last season, St. louis was first in the National League and third in baseball with 783 runs. 

In 2014 they are on pace for 571, their lowest total since 1995. 

Their highest total in the modern era (for those wondering) was 1,004 in 1930. They lost in the World Series 4-2 to the Philadelphia Athletics. 

Beating the Braves

Perhaps it’s fate’s sense of humor, but Wainwright historically has had success against Atlanta, the team that drafted him in the first round back in 2000. He is 7-2 lifetime agains the Braves, and 3-1 in Atlanta. 

He’s held them to a .237 average on their own field and allowed only 11 runs in 30 innings there. 

The last time Wainwright faced the Braves was August 23, 2013 at home. He went nine innings and allowed one run while striking out nine for his 15th win of the season. 

The only Braves with five or more at bats that are hitting above .300 against him are B.J. Upton (3-for-6) and Chris Johnson (6-for-18).

Jhonny on the Spot

Jhonny Peralta has raised his batting average 82 points in the last 11 games, picking up multiple hits in six of the contests and going hitless only once since April 25. He currently has a five-game hitting streak and has notched three homers and seven RBIs in that stretch. 

He’s on pace for 36 home runs on the season. 

Lineup

1) Matt Carpenter 3B

2) Yadier Molina C

3) Matt Holliday LF

4) Matt Adams 1B

5) Jhonny Peralta SS

6) Randal Grichuk LF

7) Peter Bourjos CF

8) Mark Ellis 2B

9) Adam Wainwright P

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