NL Central News: Cards Dealt a Blow

There are news reports out now that say Adam Wainwright will have his elbow looked at in St. Louis. This changes the balance of power in the NL Central a little. The Reds and Brewers look good, but this helps the Cubs as well.

Wainwright threw 230 innings last year while compiling a 2.42 EA and an 1.04 WHIP. It's going to be hard to replace that kind of production. I wonder if this is going to change Mr. Pujol's mind about being a Cardinal for life.

Your thoughts?

After the jump, look what my son had to say upon hearing the news. He demanded a clothing change and a photograph.

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Ben giggles at the thought of the Cardinals without Wainwright.

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Tags: Adam Wainwright, Cardinals, cubs

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  • "Mr. Wainwright? There's a 'Tommy John' here to see you."

  • Suckers

  • If he has to have TJ surgery, this essentially takes the Ratbirds out of the division race. Wainwright was projected to contribute 6.6 wins above replacement level this season. Plus he'd be losing a year squarely in his prime, moving him one year closer to when the Cardinals will actually have to pay him market value, and both Pujols and Carpenter could be gone in 2012. I'm just marinating in schadenfreude right now.

  • BA's top 100 prospect list for 2011 was released today. Cubs have two players in the top 100: Brett Jackson at 38 and Trey McNutt at 48. For those of you who are still interested/nursing a grudge, Chris Archer is the #27 overall prospect, while Hak Ju Lee squeaks onto the list at 92.

  • Josh Vitters was conspicuously absent from the list. I have a feeling Cubs fans will one day speak of him in the same way we talk about Bobbie Brownlie or Korey Patterson.

  • He's still young, but time is running out for Vitters to make the big jump. He would need to be impressive this year for the Cubs not to make a run at another 3B in the offseason.

  • Maybe Pujols can pitch for them, since he's apparently worth so much cash

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