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Is this Wainwrights year for the Cy Young?

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By John Bailey By John Bailey

 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. 

 But there’s just something to being recognized as the best at your craft.

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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.

 2014 may be his time to shine.

 While Kershaw missed the entire month of April Wainwright’s been dealing ever since Opening Day.  The 32-year old leads the National League with 116.1 innings pitched.  He’s second to the Reds Johnny Cueto with a 2.01 ERA.  And for those out there who still believe in the win-loss statistic (I hope that number continues to dwindle) Wainwright is tied for first in the NL there, too.

 If the Cards ace can’t pull out the ultimate individual award for pitching this season then I’m not sure when he’ll be able to do it.  He’s 32 for crying out loud.

 There really hasn’t been a time when Wainwright’s been as consistently dominant as he is right now.  The man is commanding all of his pitches at all times.  He’s even adapted by throwing a two seam fastball more often this year then he really ever has. 

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.

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