“I’ve been in a funk”–Wainwright

MLB: St. Louis Cardinals at Philadelphia Phillies

“I don’t think there’s going to be anyone surprised when I say it’s just another–I’ve been in a funk, there’s just no other way to say it,” stated Wainwright to the assembled media on Fox Sports Midwest.

Wainwright allowed five runs–four of them earned, as his St. Louis Cardinals were unable to hang onto a pair of three-run leads in losing to Philadelphia 5-4 on Friday night.

“I’ve been grinding for a long time. I’ve been grinding, grinding, grinding—trying to find ways to get outs. Finally, mid-game I was able to make an adjustment that just changed the whole way everything was going. It’s been a month and a half of just very frustrating baseball from my side of it. I think I may have finally turned the corner, obviously very frustrated that the team gave me a lead like that and I was able to cough it up. Just frustrated by that.”

In his first 21 starts this season, Wainwright held opponents to a .205 average at the plate while putting up a 1.92 ERA. He walked 34 while striking out 122.

In his five starts from August 1st, Adam has a 5.33 ERA with 10 walks and 23 strikeouts.

Wainwright declined to elaborate on the main issue, saying only he lacked execution on his pitches, but in the past he has cited a mechanical issue of his body direction being slightly off.

Always accountable and patient with media questions, Wainwright politely shared he would be saying less to focus on the task at hand. “I just need to go out and pitch and stop talking so much.”

–Matt Holliday had a pair of RBIs, marking four consecutive games of driving in at least one run. Jon Jay saw his 12-game hitting streak end; however, he did drive in a run with a sacrifice fly in the 1st inning.

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