For as long as he’s pitched, Adam Wainwright is running out of “firsts.” But now that he has turned 40, there is a whole new set of categories.
When Wainwright faces Mets lefthander Rich Hill on Monday night in New York, he will be facing someone even older than he. Hill is 41.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it will be the first matchup of 40-somethings since June 18, 2015, when Toronto’s R.A. Dickey, 40, opposed the Mets’ Bartolo Colon, 42. Youth was served as Dickey won 7-1, pitching into the eighth inning.
Wainwright is only the second Cardinals pitcher to oppose a 40-year-old. On June 18, 1933, the Cardinals’ Dazzy Vance, 42, faced off with Cincinnati’s Eppa Rixey, 42. Rixey pitched a 13-hit complete game to beat the Cardinals and reliever Paul “Daffy” Dean 6-5.