Adam Wainwright Threw a Horrific Wild Pitch — On Purpose
Adam Wainwright is a good pitcher. This, however, was not a good pitch. But it was no accident.
The St. Louis Cardinals righty unloaded a terrible wild pitch during Tuesday night’s game against the Chicago Cubs. Opposing pitcher Jake Arrieta was at the plate in the fourth inning when Wainwright unloaded a hall of fame-caliber blooper.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 5, 2017
As crazy as it seems, Wainwright told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch he actually threw it badly on purpose as a way to make sure catcher Yadier Molina would avoid getting injured:
I saw him shift outside and I was looking at a different part of the plate. When I saw that, instantly — and I saw it before — I thought he was looking for a breaking ball and I had fastball grip. I did not want to throw a ball and hit him in the collarbone or something and have Yadier out. I pull-hooked it and erred on the side of not hitting him — by 20, 30 yards.”
If that’s true, then kudos to Wainwright, who may have also had the presence of mind to realize he could waste a pitch on an 0-2 count to a pitcher. In the end, it didn’t amount to much — the Cubs prevailed, 2-1.
And it could’ve been worse. Wainwright could’ve been teammate Stephen Piscotty, who got hit three times between home plate and when he circles the bases to score a run.
Unbelievable. Stephen Piscotty gets hit 3 times from his at bat to scoring at home. Each elbow and his head. Looks okay. pic.twitter.com/uVRYbfomq4
— Belly Up Betting (@BellyUpBetting) April 5, 2017
While you absorb that, take another at the early season frontrunner for worst pitch of the year.
This is not a strike pic.twitter.com/0KH10nfyYZ
— Andrew Carter (@Andrew__Carter) April 5, 2017