After joking that his performance in Game 1 “motivated” his team to rally, St. Louis Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright made it very clear that he is motivated to perform differently in tomorrow’s Game 5 of the NLCS.
“More than anything, what I want to get back into is throwing quality games in the postseason,” said Wainwright during his media session. “You know, until last year’s NLCS, I was undefeated in the postseason. I just don’t want to get a bad rap for not being a good playoff pitcher because that’s the time I want to shine the most. That’s the time that every pitcher wants to shine the most. I know I’m capable of doing that. I just have to have all my weapons out there with me, preferably. If not, I’ll grind my way through it and I’ll find a way to make it happen.”
Wainwright, who threw a bullpen session yesterday, also shared his arm and health has continued to progress since aggravating his elbow in Game 1 of the NLDS.
“The positives to take away were, you know, when your arm doesn’t feel the best, you need everything else to be locked in and your delivery to be sharp,” said Adam. “My delivery was not sharp. My arm didn’t feel great the last few times out. Now my arm feels better and my delivery should be much sharper going forward, so it should be a much more polished pitcher you see on the mound.”
Wainwright is 5-5 in 12 career starts against San Francisco, 3-4 with a 3.18 ERA at AT&T Park.
“I like pitching here,” he stated. “I think every pitcher likes pitching here. I do think that, you know, there’s an advantage for playing in this park all the time like the Giants do. They know this wind and they know what the bounces are going to do.
You know, but one great defense against all that is keeping the ball on the ground. You just never seen the wind push a ground ball through the hole or out of the park. That’s our goal is to try to keep these guys on the ground and get quick outs.”
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