Adam Wainwright, 20 Wins, Finally

That's it! The curse of Kyle McClellan is over! The St. Louis Cardinals can finally claim another 20-game winner, and Adam Wainwright's baseball card now has an especially feng shui peak to it; that move from 19 to 20 is very nice, although switching 2008 and 2007 around would be ideal.

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In any case, it's the Cardinals' first 20 win season since Mark Mulder's back-to-back-to-back Chris Carpenter's 21-win coming out party in 2005, just six months after the Cardinals decided they needed a real ace. In case you're already planning ahead, or ready to give Kyle McClellan one last punch in the gut, the last time they had a back-to-back 20-game winner was 1984-85, when Joaquin Andujar won 20 and 21 games. 

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Other back-to-backers since 1901, when winning 20 games became less a thing to expect and more a thing to celebrate: Bob Gibson from 1964-1966 and 1968-1970; Mort Cooper in 1943 and 1944; Dizzy Dean from 1933-1936; and Jesse Haines in 1927 and 1928.

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