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Wainwright On Pace for Cardinals Pitching RBI Record

Necessity is the mother of invention, goes the old saying.

So it was for St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny on Friday night in Pittsburgh.  Out of position players in the 12th inning, the skipper sent up pitcher Adam Wainwright to pinch hit with two runners on base and two outs. Wainwright shot a dramatic two-run double into the gap, breaking the 3-3 tie for good as the Cards defeated the Pirates, 9-3, taking over sole possession of second place in the National League Central Division.

In the process, Wainwright raised his career batting average over the Mendoza Line, from .1993 to .2007, in his 543rd at-bat over 11 MLB seasons.

The pair of RBI increased his season total to 10, putting Wainwright on a full-season pace for 27 runs driven in.

Wondering how that might stack up over time, I asked researcher Tom Orf.

The Cardinals team single-season record for RBI by a pitcher, batting as a pitcher or pinch-hitter, is 21 by Hall of Famer Dizzy Dean in 1935. Another hurler enshrined in Cooperstown, Bob Gibson, holds the next three spots on the club’s all-time list and had at least 10 RBI in six different seasons, the most of any pitcher in Cardinals history.

Wainwright’s current count of 10 puts him in a tie for 32nd, but with 101 games remaining to play in the 2016 regular season.

RBI, pitcher or pitcher as pinch-hitter, single season, St. Louis Cardinals

Pitcher RBI Year Age
Dizzy Dean 21 1935 25
Bob Gibson 20 1963 27
Bob Gibson 19 1970 34
Bob Gibson 19 1965 29
Curt Davis 17 1939 35
Willie Sudhoff 17 1901 26
Mike O’Neill 16 1904 26
Dizzy Dean 15 1936 26
Bill Steele 15 1911 24
Mike O’Neill 15 1902 24
Rick Wise 14 1973 27
Johnny Lush 14 1909 23
Mort Cooper 13 1944 31
Lon Warneke 13 1940 31
Bob Forsch 12 1986 36
Bob Gibson 12 1972 36
Ray Sadecki 12 1961 20
Dizzy Dean 12 1933 23
Dizzy Dean 12 1932 22
Jesse Haines 12 1930 36
Flint Rhem 12 1926 25
Jeff Pfeffer 12 1922 34
Jack Taylor 12 1905 31
Lynn McGlothen 11 1976 26
Harvey Haddix 11 1953 27
Murry Dickson 11 1948 31
Mort Cooper 11 1943 30
Bill McGee 11 1940 30
Mort Cooper 11 1939 26
Pete Alexander 11 1928 41
Art Reinhart 11 1926 27
Adam Wainwright 10 2016 34
Jason Marquis 10 2005 26
Donovan Osborne 10 1996 27
Bob Forsch 10 1980 30
Bob Gibson 10 1971 35
Bob Gibson 10 1961 25
Max Lanier 10 1950 34
Red Munger 10 1949 30
Ernie White 10 1941 24
Lon Warneke 10 1937 28
Bob Weiland 10 1937 31
Tex Carleton 10 1934 27
Burleigh Grimes 10 1930 36
Jesse Haines 10 1928 34
Bill Sherdel 10 1922 25
Johnny Lush 10 1910 24
Fred Beebe 10 1909 29
Jack Harper 10 1901 23

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2 Responses to “Wainwright On Pace for Cardinals Pitching RBI Record”

  1. JumboShrimp says:

    This could wind up being one of Wainwright’s finest campaigns. He has had to make adjustments as a pitcher and is succeeding. As a hitter, he is coming into his own with growing confidence.

  2. JumboShrimp says:

    Interesting contrast between the chubby catcher from slippery rock versus Colby Rasmus. Rasmus strives to pull home runs. Adams has been willing to change his swing in the majors to use the whole field so has much higher ops.

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