Adam Wainwright worked through the regular season as a favorite for the National League Cy Young Award. He had been even better in the postseason, with a 2-1 record and 1.57 ERA.
With a 19-9 record and 219 strikeouts in the regular season, Wainwright was ideal candidate to take the mound for the Cardinals against Jon Lester in Game 1 of the World Series Wednesday night at Fenway Park.
Yet after two innings, Wainwright already had thrown a taxing 60 pitches. He had last pitched in a Game 3 loss to the Dodgers in the NLCS, and his eight days of rest seemed all but wasted. He ended up lasting just five innings Wednesday, taking another loss as the Red Sox claimed an 8-1 victory. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.