Wainwright said that he threw the pitch so poorly for safety reasons.
St. Louis Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright may have delivered the worst pitch of all-time on Tuesday. (That doesn't count 50 Cent's first pitch.) But it may have been for safety reasons.
In the top of the fourth inning, Wainwright threw a pitch very far from the strike zone while facing opposing starting pitcher Jake Arrieta. It went terrible.
Watch the pitch below:
Wainwright explained after the game that he saw catcher Yadier Molina set up for a curveball, when he was throwing a fastball. It was a last-second audible.
“I saw him shift outside and I was looking at a different part of the plate,” Wainwright said, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “When I saw that, instantly—and I saw it before—I thought he was looking for a breaking ball and I had fastball grip. I did not want to throw a ball and hit him in the collarbone or something and have Yadier out. I pull-hooked it and erred on the side of not hitting him—by 20, 30 yards.”
The Cardinals lost to the Cubs, 2-1.