“In my mind, the next guy would’ve been better than me,” said Adam Wainwright about the decision for him to exit Game 5 of the NLCS after seven strong innings of work and a 3-2 lead.
“In that spot, up a run and against Madison–I just felt like we were in a good spot. I would have loved to have kept pitching, but I think he made the right call.”
Wainwright had struck out seven batters on the night and had retired the last 10 batters he faced. While only at 97 pitches, Adam conceded it felt like he had thrown more.
“It felt like I had thrown 200,” chuckled Wainwright, who overall felt physically very good in the outing. “I didn’t really know my pitch count. I told Lance Lynn I thought I was about 20 pitches higher than I actually was. After six, I think they were looking at me–I was up third and if I go up and give up a run in the 7th inning, everybody’s saying you should’ve taken him out earlier. But I felt very confident to go out there and get at least three more outs. After those three outs, you know what–I laid it all on the line. I put it all out there. I could’ve kept going for sure, but I think Mike made the right choice.”
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