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NL Wild Card Game: Adam Wainwright The Biggest Underdog Of His Career Tonight Against Dodgers

NL Wild Card Game: Adam Wainwright The Biggest Underdog Of His Career Tonight Against Dodgers article feature image

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images. Pictured: St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright #50.

For tonight’s Nation League Wild Card Game matchup between the Cardinals and Dodgers, longtime St. Louis pitcher Adam Wainwright will be taking the mound against Los Angeles’ ace Max Scherzer.

While both pitchers are excellent, Wainwright deserves a considerable amount of the focus in this one from a bettor’s perspective.

Adam Wainwright has made 373 starts in his MLB career and tonight is his largest price as an underdog (at a consensus of +187).

In the 2021 season, Wainwright went 17-7 with a 3.05 ERA, 174 strikeouts and a 1.04 WHIP.

The 1.04 is the fourth-best of the veteran right-handers’ long and storied career.

On Wednesday night, Wainwright looks to continue an impressive run of consistency that has now gone on to define the 40-year old right-hander.

On top of Wainwright and the Cardinals being +187 underdogs, the total is set to a consensus of 7.5 runs in the NL Wild Card Game matchup, showing the faith that sportsbooks have in the pitching and defense of both ball clubs.

If the Dodgers were to lose on Wednesday night, the defeat would definitely rank as a big-time shocker for sports bettors. But with Joe West behind home plate, anything is definitely possible.

At the time of this writing, 53% of the bets and a whopping 73% of the money wagered on tonight’s moneyline has been placed on Los Angeles.  Despite that, the craftiness of Wainwright provides some hope for Cardinals’ bettors.

Prior to tonight’s +187, the biggest price on Wainwright as an underdog was +165 in Game 1 of the 2014 National League Division Series, in games tracked by Action Labs.

Below are the 10 biggest prices on Wainwright prior to tonight:

10 Biggest Prices On Adam Wainwright Cardinals Starts

Game 1 NLDS at Los Angeles Dodgers (2014)+165
Game 2 NLWC at San Diego Padres (2020)+140
Game 5 NLCS at San Francisco Giants (2014)+139
Game 5 NLDS at Nationals (2012)+120
Game 2 NLCS vs. Nationals (2019)+118
Game 3 NLDS vs. Braves (2019)+114
Game 5 WS vs. Red Sox (2013)+110
Game 2 NLDS at Dodgers (2009)-105
Game 3 NLCS at Dodgers (2013)-114
Game 1 NLDS vs. Nationals (2012)-118
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