Oh baby, I’m a star! Might not know it now baby, but I are, I’m a star! I don’t want to stop ’till I reach the top. Sing it! -Prince
Public Service Announcement: Everybodys’s jibbering about Ubaldo Jimminez. Everybody’s jabbering about Stephen Strasburg. Jibbering and jabbering. Blibbering and blabbering. What about this guy? What about Bob Adam Wainwright? Last night, Adam Wainwright hurled seven shutout innings to lead the Cardinals to a 6-1 victory over the Reds. That may not seem like such a big deal to you, but know this: Wainwright has now registered 17 wins this season. Wainwright has now registered a 1.99 ERA this season. All through 25 starts. Pretty good, right? Damn skippy it’s good. Since 1970, only five other pitchers posted at least 17 wins and an ERA below 2.00 through 25 starts in a season. Only Vida Blue 1971 (19 wins; 1.37 ERA), Gaylord Perry 1972 (17 wins; 1.70 ERA), Ron Guidry1978 (17 wins; 1.79 ERA), Dwight Gooden 1985 (18 wins; 1.64 ERA) and Roger Clemens in 1997 (18 wins; 1.66 ERA).