Adam Wainwright becomes 1st 10-game winner in duel with Matt Harvey
St. Louis’s Adam Wainwright became the first 10-game winner in 2013 after out-dueling the New York Mets’ and Matt Harvey in a matchup of Cy Young candidates in New York on Thursday.
The duel could not have been between two higher caliber, yet more different pitchers. Wainwright—in his 8th year—is a 31-year-old World Series champion who has a pedigree of winning and experience that have no doubt led to his dominance this season. Wainwright has lived up to his pedigree through 13 games this season by notching 10 wins with a 2.34 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and punching out 91 batters.
On the other end of the pitchers duel was Matt Harvey. The 24-year-old Met is in his second year playing in the majors and has been as dominant as Wainwright. Baseball-reference.com shows that Harvey has posted a 2.10 ERA, .911 WHIP and 95 strike outs in 90 IP through 13 games this season. He has proven to be a front-runner for the Cy Young award alongside the likes of Wainwright.
Despite poor conditions, the sinker ball throwing Wainwright twirled seven scoreless innings en route to his 10th victory of the season over the power pitching Harvey.
The Associated Press illustrated that Wainwright has been a product of routine through his eight years in the majors. Whether it is sleeping in the same shirt the night before every game or wearing the color red, the only habit that matters for Wainwright is winning and he has made that routine stick around.
Wainwright has won at least 14 games in every season in which he started in over 30 games, while becoming a 20-game winner in the 2010 season.
Wainwright isn’t done winning games just yet. His numbers show that he is poised to rack up another 20-game winning season in 2013 and potentially his first Cy Young award.