It's fast becoming a theme to Adam Wainwright's season.

No, not the recovery from the elbow surgery that kept him out of last season. That officially became a thing on the past with his May 22 shutout of the Padres.

It's the results he's getting on the field. Yes, Wainwright is consistently putting up good performances. No, he's not getting wins.

"He deserved better," Cards manager Mike Matheny said after Sunday's long 5-3 loss to the Royals at Busch Stadium. "We've said that his last couple starts it seems like. He pitched good enough to win. He did a nice job for us."