Adam Wainwright is “very confident going forward”

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Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright was hammered for six runs over 4 1/3 innings in his NLDS Game 1 start against the Dodgers and he again failed to make it out of the fifth inning in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series this past Saturday versus the Giants. Those struggles are thought to be related to a lingering elbow issue that Wainwright has been dealing with since the middle of summer.

But there was a tone of optimism in the veteran’s voice after he completed a successful bullpen session Wednesday afternoon at San Francisco’s AT&T Park.

Wainwright, who’s scheduled to face off against Giants ace Madison Bumgarner in Game 5 of the NLCS on Thursday, told USA Today’s Bob Nightengale that he is “very confident going forward” and that his issues have been more mechanical than physical.

It’s the kind of thing you’d expect to hear from a confident, accomplished pitcher on the eve of what could be an elimination game. We’ll find out early Thursday evening how much of that confidence is based in reality.