(BaseballStL) -- To pitch or not to pitch in the All-Star game next week? That is the question for St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright, who was named to his second Midsummer Classic last weekend.
Wainwright will make one more start before the break, which will come Sunday night against the Chicago Cubs. That will give him only one day off before the All-Star game. That’s not ideal for the ace pitcher of the top team in the majors.
“Of course I want to pitch in the game, but I don’t want to be a liability in any way,” Wainwright said. “I’d rather see a guy who really deserves to be there that’s not there go and get a chance to pitch.”
One of the players Wainwright would like to see travel to New York next week is teammate and closer Edward Mujica, who recorded his 24th save in 25 chances on Tuesday.
“I don’t know how to make that decision other than just to say that if my spot can go to a guy who is not on the roster, preferably on this team like Mujica, I would like to see that happen,” Wainwright said. “I want to be clear that if (Mujica) could go, I would love to see him take that spot. Let’s put some pressure on them.”
More than deserving of the nod, Mujica has brought stability to the back end of the bullpen after Jason Motte was injured and Mitchell Boggs was unable to pitch effective in the closer’s role. Mujica’s only hiccup this season came July 4 against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim when he gave up four hits and two earned runs while recording only two outs if a 6-5 walk-off loss.
Since the walk-off loss, Mujica has appeared in each of the Cardinals’ last four games while posting three saves, one win and 3.1 perfect innings pitched. It’s been a quick rebound suited for an All-Star worthy closer.
Unfortunately for Wainwright and Mujica, it isn’t their decision to make for who pitches in New York next week.
“I’ll be there either way, rooting on the team or spikes on,” Wainwright added. “One way or another I’ll be there.”
Only time, and a little lobbying, will tell if Mujica will be there too.