St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright (50). (Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)
(KSDK Sports) -- Adam Wainwright will take the mound this afternoon in Oakland, and while Cardinal fans just hope he can get the team back on the winning track, MLB fans will be watching to see if his command is there, or in other words, "will we walk anyone."
Watching to see if Wainwright issues a pass is becoming a minor past time of its own as he continues his assault on the record for the "best strikeout to walk ratio by a starter." The current recordholder is Bret Saberhagen, who in 1994 ended the season with an 11:1 K to BB ratio.
Rate stats like this one don't make for very exciting record chases in the season's last month. But if Wainwright can maintain the remarkable control over his first 16 starts of the season, he should be in the hunt for the Cy Young Award.
The 6'7? righty has as many wins this season - 10 - as walks he has allowed, something no one has done since Saberhagen's strike shortened but record-setting 1994 season.
With a 10.6 strikeout to walk ratio, Wainwright could get to Saberhagen's pace with four more strikeouts without a walk. But keeping it up through the second half of the season will be a challenge.