It's been clear for a while now that Adam Wainwright isn't the baseball player he used to be, and that's something St. Louis Cardinals fans are going to have to deal with. Ever since 2009 we've witnessed a painful decline reminiscent of Willie Mays with the Mets or Alex Rodriguez with the Anchorage Centaurs (it's even worse than you think it's going to be)—and it's been prolonged, unfortunately, because he keeps getting Cy Young attention every year. It's been rough for fans of Adam Wainwright the hitter, which is why I was happy to see his performance Tuesday.
Waino, in addition to outdueling Clayton Kershaw or something, went 1-1 with a double, a walk, and two RBI; now he has one double, one walk, and two RBI on the season. Back in his prime, between 2006 and 2008, Wainwright hit .289/.313/.406, with six doubles and three home runs; since focusing on the whole winning 20 games thing he's hit just .156.
Look: Adam Wainwright is still within a hitter's peak age range. He could turn things around, especially if he's willing to start playing some second base. But I'm beginning to think he's too focused on pitching, and not focused enough on humiliating the other starter with a home run.