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With Chris Carpenter out for the 2013 season, and pondering retirement, Adam Wainwright takes over as the St. Louis Cardinals ace.
Not only is he the ace of the Cardinals, but of the NL Central as well.
After missing the entire 2011 season, Wainwright was able to log 198 IP in his return season, which is nothing short of amazing.
While the majority of Wainwright’s numbers escalated from 2010 to 2012, he now has 2013 to display his vintage form.
His command and control of the ball took some adjusting as he recovered from Tommy John surgery.
Wainwright logged over 230 IP in both 2008 and 2009 while keeping his ERA below 2.63.
Some might argue that Johnny Cueto’s 2012 season was much better than Wainwright’s.
However, you have to look at 2009 and 2010.
Wainwright placed second in the NL Cy Young voting in 2010 only to be beaten by Roy Halladay’s best career season.
Even in a year where his command was in question after Tommy John, Wainwright still had an impressive 2012 season. Wainwright struck out 184, walked 52, and gave up 15 home runs.
If Wainwright is able to show any resemblance of his 2010 season, he will be in discussion for the Cy Young once again.
2013 is the year for Wainwright to prove why he’s the best ace in the National League Central.