Sunday Summary: Adam Wainwright Is Back, as Cards Drop Gimmies

Peter FleischerSenior Writer IAugust 24, 2008

First off, I didn't write a Sunday Summary last week because I've been really busy going back to school. Not that it was a big deal but I figured that I owed an explanation.

-I know it's been said, but you can't drop games to the Braves and Pirates and make the playoffs in the NL Central. In any other division maybe, but not in the Central. This week might have been the nail in the coffin.

-Adam Wainwright looked good, but not great, which I think is about all you could ask from him. Assuming the Cardinals don't make the playoffs, the rest of the season should be used as a tune up to strengthen Wainwright's arm and touch.

-As a bright spot, how fun was Friday's game? I watched every minute of it and absolutely loved the Cards' offense unload. The Cardinals now have four of the top nine hitters in the NL. That bodes well for next season if the club can get another big bat.

-Yes, he left 10 men on base on Friday, but Felipe Lopez has been a good signing. He's hitting almost .330 for the Redbirds, and his fielding has been good. John Mozeliak bashers should take note.

-I can't decide if Skip Schumaker is this good. Yeah he's on fire since the All-Star break, but Tony La Russa puts this guy in amazing positions to succeed. He rarely has an at-bat against a pitcher that would give him trouble. As good as he is against right-handers, .171 against lefties is terrible.

At this point, it doesn't look good for the Birds. But the Cards are getting some good reads about players for next year, including Carp, Wainwright, and Chris Perez. The schedule isn't too tough the rest of the way, so it should be a good, but not great, ending for the rest of the season.