Adam Wainwright and the Cardinals need to think long and hard about whether or not he should pitch in game five.
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Pay no attention to that aggravation behind the throwing elbow, Adam Wainwright is "fine" to start NLCS Game 1, but what can we expect from him and his compromised throwing arm?
My magic eight ball filled with nerdy heat maps says: Yes.
Madison Bumgarner is a really good pitcher who is especially deadly against left-handed hitters. With his low walk rate (4.9%), the Cardinals will likely have to either string together a hits or continue hitting HRs if they want to succeed in game 1.
The Cardinals struggled to slug all season. This being October, it was only natural that power-hitting propelled St. Louis past the Dodgers in the NLDS.
The Cardinals' opening series was full of late-game drama, and the Giants series should provide more of the same. However, if the Cardinals are to advance to the World Series, they would be wise not to wait so late in the game to start hitting.
Prior to last night, Matt Adams had a .197/.227/.326 slash line against left-handed pitchers.