I got this admittedly unoriginal idea from Joe Sheehan, who got it from Baseball Prospectus and Craig Calcaterra, but I loved it so much that if a bunch of guys started doing it, I’d gobble it up. I figured I would start on last night’s 9-5 win over the Astros.
Adam Wainwright: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 SO
Wainwright leads all of MLB in FIP, xFIP and fWAR – a triple scoregasm for the dwellers living in mom’s basement. He's on pace to exceed his 5.6 fWAR season in 2010 when he won 20 games. In the last year of his first contract, Wainwright has delivered over $11 million of surplus value to the Cardinals, and the only downside to his season is that people still talk about Matt Harvey and Clayton Kershaw more than him. Wainwright and Dr. Dre have a lot more in common than you’d think.
Kevin Siegrist: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO
Kevin Siegrist is a sorcerer.
Transitioning to a relief role permanently for the first time in 2013, the lefty has struck out a rather absurd 41 percent of the batters he’s faced in 12 major league innings. His arrival has made Mark Rzepcyznski expendable. He’s faced 23 left-handed batters and has struck out 12. Siegrist has taken on 18 righties and hasn’t allowed a hit.
Fun Fact: Siegrist was drafted in the 41st round of the 2008 draft. Last night, he struck out former draft mate Brett Wallace. Actually, I guess that’s not very fun at all.
Daniel Descalso: 2-4, 1 R
Poor planning by the Cardinals at shortstop landed them in a spot where Daniel Descalso will begin taking a majority of the plate appearances. This is fine for the moment, since Descalso has been ripping hot since May. The problem is that Descalso is a shortstop the same way Ty Wigginton was a right-handed threat off the bench. In theory, yes, but when you watch him play, you realize that he’s actually a third baseman.
The problem with starting Descalso is that he’s probably a La Russian super utility guy whose performance hinges on the right matchups. It’s only a temporary fix for a team that was mesmerized by one outstanding month by Pete Kozma in September 2012.