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Truthfully, all of the players on this list need to come through for their teams if they want to play baseball in October. But no player needs a big second half for his team more than the St. Louis Cardinals ace.
Adam Wainwright is similar to Moore in that he teased fans and fantasy owners in the first half with one solid month of pitching and many forgettable outings in between.
Forget the first-half numbers; this is the Cardinals ace whether he has a 4.00-plus ERA to his name or a sub-2.50 ERA like he did in 2010 when he won the Cy Young.
The Cardinals have been bailed out by Kyle Lohse's consistency and Lance Lynn's surprise emergence, but it hasn't been enough to seriously compete in the NL Central, where the Cardinals remain entrenched in third behind the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds.
They still have wild-card hopes, however, and a string of quality of starts from Wainwright could give them the boost they need to take one of the spots.