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Can Wainwright continue his streaks?


As St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright takes the mound against the San Diego Padres on Friday night at Busch Stadium, fans know his primary focus will be on trying to help increase the Cardinals’ 4 ½-game lead over the Chicago Cubs in the National League Central Division.

Many also are aware that on the personal side, the 27-year-old right-hander will be gunning for his 14th win of the season. That would tie Wainwright’s MLB career best, set in 2007.

Fewer probably know about three current streaks that Wainwright will be looking to extend on Friday. In one case, he already owns the top mark in MLB this season. In another, he can tie for the lead and in the third, he will be gunning to tie for second.

They are:

  • Six or more innings pitched, where Waino’s run of 22 games and counting is the best in MLB this season.

  • Two or fewer earned runs allowed. With a tenth straight such game Friday night, Wainwright will tie for the MLB lead this season with Arizona’s Dan Haren, Seattle’s Eric Bedard and Kansas City’s Zach Greinke. All three of those streaks have ended.

  • Five or more strikeouts. If he continues Friday, Wainwright’s consecutive run of 12 five-K games would tie six other pitchers for the second-longest stretch across MLB this season. Atlanta’s Javier Vazquez is the runaway leader with 23 and counting, so Adam will be unable to pass him in 2009.

The details follow: (* denotes current streak)

Six or more innings pitched, consecutive starts, MLB 2009

Team StreakStart Streak End G W L GS CG SHO IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Adam Wainwright STL 4/16/2009 8/8/2009 * 22 12 7 22 1 0 154.2 149 53 48 45 135 13 2.79
Ubaldo Jimenez COL 5/1/2009 8/12/2009 * 20 9 6 20 1 0 139.1 110 47 45 46 121 8 2.91
Danny Haren ARI 4/7/2009 7/18/2009 19 10 5 19 3 1 138 93 32 30 18 137 12 1.96
Josh Beckett BOS 5/5/2009 8/12/2009 * 18 12 2 18 3 2 128.1 96 37 31 26 114 9 2.17
Tim Lincecum SFG 4/18/2009 7/17/2009 17 10 1 17 3 2 126.1 91 31 27 29 149 4 1.92
Zach Duke PIT 5/12/2009 7/29/2009 15 6 6 15 2 0 104.1 104 40 40 25 52 11 3.45
Jon Garland ARI 6/3/2009 8/12/2009 * 14 2 6 14 1 0 93 91 42 35 24 50 7 3.39
Roy Oswalt HOU 5/10/2009 7/22/2009 14 6 2 14 3 0 97.1 87 37 37 21 80 8 3.42
Ted Lilly CHC 5/2/2009 7/11/2009 14 7 4 14 0 0 95.1 88 34 32 18 85 12 3.02
Cliff Lee CLE 4/16/2009 6/25/2009 14 4 4 14 1 1 101 102 25 25 21 69 6 2.23

Two or fewer earned runs allowed, consecutive starts, MLB 2009

Team StreakStart Streak End G W L GS CG SHO IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Erik Bedard SEA 5/5/2009 7/25/2009 10 3 2 10 0 0 52 38 18 17 28 58 6 2.94
Danny Haren ARI 5/28/2009 7/18/2009 10 7 1 10 2 1 75 45 14 12 9 74 4 1.44
Zack Greinke KCR 4/8/2009 5/26/2009 10 8 1 10 5 2 75 54 8 7 12 81 0 0.84
Adam Wainwright STL 6/26/2009 8/8/2009 * 9 5 3 9 1 0 67 63 12 11 17 62 1 1.48
Clayton Kershaw LAD 6/16/2009 7/29/2009 9 5 0 9 0 0 56.2 34 6 5 26 55 0 0.79
Dallas Braden OAK 5/31/2009 7/11/2009 8 3 2 8 0 0 51.1 41 16 14 12 36 2 2.45
Jair Jurrjens ATL 4/17/2009 5/24/2009 8 2 2 8 0 0 50 41 11 11 14 32 3 1.98
Wandy Rodriguez HOU 7/2/2009 8/9/2009 * 7 5 0 7 1 1 47 35 4 4 9 41 3 0.77
Felix Hernandez SEA 5/24/2009 6/27/2009 7 4 0 7 1 1 53 38 10 5 14 51 2 0.85
Johan Santana NYM 4/6/2009 5/11/2009 7 4 2 7 0 0 46 31 8 4 13 60 2 0.78

Five or more strikeouts, consecutive starts, MLB 2009

Team StreakStart Streak End G W L GS CG SHO IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Javier Vazquez ATL 4/8/2009 8/9/2009 * 23 10 7 23 1 0 155.1 129 53 50 32 171 13 2.90
Tim Lincecum SFG 6/12/2009 8/12/2009 * 12 7 2 12 4 2 93.1 63 20 16 18 110 3 1.54
Danny Haren ARI 5/12/2009 7/18/2009 12 7 2 12 2 1 89 60 22 20 9 86 9 2.02
Josh Beckett BOS 4/30/2009 7/1/2009 12 7 2 12 1 1 81.1 69 33 27 21 76 7 2.99
Justin Verlander DET 4/11/2009 6/10/2009 12 7 1 12 2 1 82.2 62 24 21 23 102 4 2.29
Chad Billingsley LAD 4/13/2009 6/9/2009 12 7 3 12 0 0 79.2 68 26 24 34 86 2 2.71
Roy Halladay TOR 4/11/2009 6/7/2009 12 9 1 12 3 1 93 84 25 23 11 86 4 2.23
Adam Wainwright STL 6/16/2009 8/8/2009 * 11 7 3 11 1 0 80 77 18 17 19 75 4 1.91
Ricky Nolasco FLA 6/12/2009 8/7/2009 11 6 1 11 1 0 73.1 53 23 21 14 84 7 2.58
Felix Hernandez SEA 5/24/2009 7/22/2009 11 7 0 11 1 1 83 59 17 12 20 81 3 1.30
Tim Lincecum SFG 4/7/2009 6/2/2009 11 4 1 11 0 0 71.2 67 27 24 21 91 2 3.01
Zack Greinke KCR 4/8/2009 5/31/2009 11 8 1 11 5 2 82 62 12 10 12 88 0 1.10
Johan Santana NYM 4/6/2009 5/27/2009 10 7 2 10 0 0 66 52 20 13 20 86 5 1.77

A special thanks to Tom Orf for the data.

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