Adam Wainwright turned 40 years old a few weeks ago. He is the third-oldest pitcher in Major League Baseball this season, the second-oldest starter, and easily the most successful pitcher over the age of 37. It has been awhile since Wainwright opposed a starter with more life-experience than he has. In fact, there is only one other starter this season that would make such a matchup possible. Fate has aligned for this matchup to occur in Monday’s game against the New York Mets.
Yesterday the Cardinals were digging into the last time Wainwright faced a starter older than him. Hadn’t come up with it last I heard. https://t.co/vrpOwG8LD9— Jeff Jones (@jmjones) September 13, 2021
Between these two starters there are over 3468 innings pitched, 545 starts, 33 seasons (34 if Waino’s missed 2011 season counts), 3155 strikeouts, and over 63 fWAR. And if you really want to take a trip down memory lane:
Starting lineups from that last Hill/Wainwright matchup?— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) September 13, 2021
Glad you asked! ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/QYMJTGTjoE
Wainwright: 6 1/3 IP, 1 run— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) September 13, 2021
Hill went just 2/3 IP, walking 4, including a bases-loaded walk of Yadier Molina
He was sent down to the Minors the next day & didn't pitch again at MLB level until 5/16/09
But the story has a happy ending: because he's still here pitching in 2021!
Hopefully the Cardinals are similarly successful in the re-match.