Adam Wainwright more than just a backup act
Last year, Wainwright was in a tight race with Lincecum and Carpenter for the NL Cy Young Award. In fact, the 10-point margin that separated first place from third -- Lincecum had 100 points, Carpenter 94 and Wainwright 90 -- was the second-closest in NL history. This year should be similarly close. But if Wainwright continues to pitch the way he has been down the stretch, he'll be taking home that hardware. With the Reds and the Cardinals battling out a close race in the NL Central, Wainwright's sustained success has never been more important. Cincinnati is a bit more athletic than St. Louis and, up and down the lineup they probably have players who are more dangerous swinging the bat. But the Cardinals have a pair of aces the Reds just can't match.
Aaron Boone is an analyst for "Baseball Tonight."
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|Dan Uggla, FLA||26||WAS||Top 1: 1-2, 2 Outs. 1 on.||Strasburg|
|Carlos Quentin, CHW||23||MIN||Bot 2: 0-2, 1 Out. 2 on.||Baker|
|Joe Mauer, MIN||7||CHW||Top 2: 0-0, 2 Outs. 1 on.||Garcia|
|Yadier Molina, STL||5||CIN||Top 2: 3-2, 1 Out. None on.||Cueto|
|Alcides Escobar, MIL||3||ARI||Bot 2: 1-0, 2 Outs. None on.||Enright|
Wednesday's Best Matchups
Cardinals at Reds, 12:35 p.m. ET
The Cardinals and Reds have not gotten along well the past few days, with Cincinnati's Brandon Phillips' pointed remarks about St. Louis and a scuffle early in Tuesday's game. The Cardinals drew into a tie in the NL Central with their win Tuesday and send Adam Wainwright to the mound in search of a win that put St. Louis on top of the division. Wainwright is 1-1 with a 4.15 ERA in two starts against the Reds this season.
Yankees at Rangers, 8:05 p.m. ET, ESPN
Cliff Lee has gone at least eight innings in every start since joining the Rangers. In fact, Lee has gone at least eight innings in all but one start since May 28, a span of 14 outings. Lee tossed a complete game earlier this year against the Yankees in a 7-4 win when Lee pitched in Seattle.
Twins at White Sox, 8:10 p.m. ET
The Twins jumped on White Sox starter Freddy Garcia in the series opener on Tuesday to take over sole possession of first place in the AL Central. Glen Perkins, who made 17 starts for the Twins last season, will make his first major league start of the year. The White Sox's John Danks has given up one or zero runs in three of his past four starts.
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TUESDAY'S BEST AND WORST
BESTMike Pelfrey, RHP, Mets
The Rockies' Ubaldo Jimenez was good again. Pelfrey was better. The Mets' righty won the duel with Jimenez in Colorado's 1-0 win. Pelfrey tossed seven shutout innings, allowing four hits in his 122-pitch effort, a performance that denied Jimenez of his 18th victory and instead saddled him with his third loss.
WORSTFreddy Garcia, RHP, White Sox
Garcia didn't set a very good tone for the series for the White Sox. He lasted only 2 1/3 innings in the opener, allowing eight hits, six runs and three homers as the Twins took over sole possession of first place in the AL Central with a 12-6 win.