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Best Cardinals Player St. Louis 2010 - Adam Wainwright

Readers' Choice: Albert Pujols

If there were any lingering doubts that Adam Wainwright was a bona fide ace after his Cy Young-worthy 2009 season, the righty's 2010 campaign has silenced them — emphatically. For pretty much all of 2010, Wainwright's ERA has hovered around 2.00, his WHIP (walks and hits per innings pitched) a measly 1. In a year when even Albert Pujols struggled at times to find his stroke, Wainwright has been the most consistent Redbird, with each start basically a guarantee of seven innings, half-a-dozen strikeouts and very, very few big flies. And while the national baseball press were quick to ooh and ahh over the sheer power of Washington Nationals' phenom Stephen Strasburg, Cards fans know that few pitches are as devastating as Wainwright's great, sweeping curve ball. Heck, the guy also has a Gold Glove and more pop in his bat than almost every other pitcher. 2010 is already known as the Year of the Pitcher. If there's any justice in baseball, it will also be the year that Adam Wainwright becomes a superstar.

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