The Pirates beat the Cardinals on Wednesday afternoon (PIT 3, STL 1), and in doing so they touched up St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright for three runs on eight hits and walk in six innings. They didn't knock him around but it wasn't the tall right-hander's best game either.

Wainwright now has a 4.68 ERA in his last eight starts after pitching to a 1.83 ERA in his first 19 starts of 2014. He's in a bit of a rough patch, and, after Wednesday's game, he acknowledged he is dealing with a proverbial "dead arm:"

Dead arm is usually code for fatigue and not an actual injury. It's fairly common among veteran pitchers, especially towards the end of spring training and right about now, in late August.