30 September (WNN) — St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Schildt named veteran right-hander Adam Wainwright as a starter in next week’s National League wild card game against the Los Angeles Dodgers or San Francisco Giants.
Wainwright has a 17-7 record and 3.05 ERA in 206 1/3 innings this season. He has won 10 of his last 11 decisions, with 11 quality starts during that time.
“He gets better as the game goes on. He goes deeper into the games,” Schildt told reporters ahead of the Cardinals’ 4-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday. “He’s a big time pitcher.”
The 40-year-old Wainwright has made 28 postseason appearances during his MLB career, including a save in the Cardinals’ World Series-clinching victory against the Detroit Tigers in 2006.
Wainwright has posted a 3-5 record in 11 playoff starts, and Schildt said the three-time All-Star selection will have backup if needed for his start on Wednesday.
“Everyone will be ready to go for Wednesday,” Schildt said. “We have two full days off, so it’ll all be on deck.”
Wainwright would be the second player aged 40 or older to start a winning game after all seasons, joining Roger Clemens, who did so in the 2003 American League Championship Series and the 2004 NLCS.