Adam Wainwright might be 40 years old and playing in his 16th season, but he still has his rookie reflexes.
The Cardinals ace was ready when Dodgers slugger Justin Turner lined a ball right back to the mound at 100.5 mph in the National League wild-card game at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday night.
With a runner on first base, two outs and a 1-1 count in the bottom of the first inning, Turner turned on an 86-mph cutter, sending it right through the box. Wainwright, falling off to the left side of the mound as he followed through like right-handers do, kept his head out of the way, stuck his glove by his side and made a frightening but impressive catch.
As he walked off the mound, Wainwright showed the ball as if to say, “Yeah, I caught it. Why do you ask?”
The Dodgers stranded a runner at first base and the Cardinals maintained a 1-0 lead. Wainwright got out of another tight spot in the bottom of the third when the Dodgers loaded the bases with one out before Trea Turner grounded into a 4-3 double play. That old Cardinals magic was working early.
Check out the Waino web gem again on a loop:
Wow, Waino, just wow.