Adam Wainwright more than just a backup act

Updated: August 11, 2010, 11:52 AM ET
By Aaron Boone | ESPN

The National League has some dominant pitchers, with guys such as Tim Hudson, Ubaldo Jimenez, Tim Lincecum, Josh Johnson and Roy Halladay. But it's Adam Wainwright who has quietly taken the lead in the NL Cy Young race.

It's easy for Wainwright, who pitches Wednesday against the Cincinnati Reds, to get overlooked because he's always linked to this two-headed monster, the one-two pitching punch of him and Chris Carpenter. Let's be honest, when you think of the St. Louis Cardinals' ...

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