Wainwright reaches career milestones matched only by Bob Gibson in Cards history

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By NewsRadio 1120 KMOX

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Adam Wainwright has turned back the clock again this season and in the midst of another complete-game victory, he accomplished something one only other St. Louis Cardinals pitcher has ever done. 

In his seven-inning complete game on Wednesday in Milwaukee, the oldest active player in the National League gave up just two runs on four hits and struck out 9 Milwaukee Brewer batters. That earned him career victory No. 167 and 1820 career strikeouts. 

He's now the second pitcher in Cards history with more than 1,800 strikeouts and that many wins. The other, of course, is Bob Gibson. And Waino likely won't be catching him in either category, as Gibson has more than 3,100 Ks and 251 wins.

The next closest pitcher is Dizzy Dean, who has just over 1,000 strikeouts, but only 134 career victories to his name. 

Adam Wainwright earned his 167th career win for the @Cardinals earlier today.Two pitchers in franchise history have that many wins with 1,800+ strikeouts.Wainwright is one. Bob Gibson is the other. @MLBNetwork @MLB @UncleCharlie50

— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) September 17, 2020

Although Gibson bests Wainwright in career stats such as complete games, shutouts, innings pitched and WAR, there's one stat that favors Wainwright.  His his strikeout-per-9 rate, which is 7.59 compared to Gibson's 7.22. They are fourth and ninth respectively on St. Louis' all-time list. 

One of the most recent times Wainwright matched a Gibson feat was in 2014, when the then 32-year-old pitched three straight outings of seven or more scoreless innings. Something that's only been done by John Tudor (1985), Gibson (1968) and Jack Flaherty (2019). 

Wainwright is 5-1 this season with a 2.87 ERA and is keeping his name in the running for the NL Cy Young Award. 

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