We should pause a moment and remember one of Walt Jocketty’s great trades. December 2003 – St Louis sends JD Drew and Eli Marrero to Atlanta for Jason Marquis, Ray King, and a minor league pitcher. Adam Wainwright.
Eli Marrero (2006) and Ray King (2008) are out of baseball. Jason Marquis is in the Washington National organization, underwent surgery to clean up his pitching elbow, and will likely see his consecutive years in the playoffs streak end. JD Drew, still fighting the injury bug, patrols right field for Boston. Only Wainwright remains with the team that acquired him in the 03 deal.
If I remember correctly, there were comments at the time of the trade on how Wainwright was a potential ace. Boy did that come true. Following the team’s debacle in Denver, Wainwright fired eight scoreless innings, overwhelming Houston 8-0. A true ace is able to stop a losing streak. Eight of Wainwright’s 13 wins this season have come following a Cardinal loss.
Coupled with Cincinnati surrendering a late to the Phillies, again, St Louis eased back within 2 games of the division lead.
It was also gratifying to see them finally solve Bud Norris, he of the 4-0, 0.35 digits against the club in his career. Single runs in the first, second, and a 3-run bomb from Matt Holliday to break the game open. That’s Holliday’s fourth HR in as many games. Have we missed that power stroke? You betcha. With Ryan Ludwick on the shelf, Holliday could not have picked a better time to heat up.
Suddenly I’m feeling pretty good about the Cardinals’ chances for winning this series.