Cardinals' Adam Wainwright Reaches 15 Wins for 4th Time in Career

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffAugust 17, 2014

ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 17: Starter Adam Wainwright #50 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches against the San Diego Padres in the first inning at Busch Stadium on August 17, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright picked up his 15th win of the season in Sunday's 7-6 victory over the San Diego Padres.

Though he locked up the fourth 15-win campaign of his career, Wainwright turned in a lackluster outing by his own lofty standards. He allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits and a walk over seven innings, numbers that would be decent if not for the fact that he was facing the offensively inept Padres.

In fact, since shutting out the Chicago Cubs in seven innings of work on July 27, Wainwright has looked surprisingly ordinary over his last four starts, as his ERA has ballooned from 1.92 to a still-excellent 2.40.

However, the Cardinals likely aren't too concerned given that Wainwright is rather proven as one of the most consistent pitchers in all of baseball.

The owner of a 3.03 career ERA, Wainwright has now won 15 or more games in four of his last five seasons, falling short in only 2012, when he recorded 14 victories after missing the entire 2011 campaign in the aftermath of Tommy John surgery.

That surgery was really the only that that's slowed the 32-year-old righty down since he joined the St. Louis rotation in 2007. In addition to his sparkling 3.03 career ERA, Wainwright owns a 114-64 record, good for a dominant .640 winning percentage.

Now tied with Cincinnati Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto for the major league lead in wins, Wainwright needs just five more to record the second 20-win season of his career. He previously accomplished the feat in 2010 and fell just one victory shy in both 2009 and 2013.

Luckily for Wainwright, his next matchup is scheduled for Saturday against the woeful Philadelphia Phillies, who, according to CBS Sports' fantasy section, are expected to pitch the middling (at best) David Buchanan.