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Michael Wacha | Starting Pitcher | #52

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (25) / 7/1/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Texas A&M
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (19) / STL
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Michael Wacha gave up two runs over six innings Friday in a no-decision against the Dodgers.
Wacha had the lead until he gave up a game-tying homer to Howie Kendrick in his final inning of work. He gave up 10 hits and walked a batter, so he’s fortunate his line didn't look worse. Still, it was an improvement after he was chased after just four innings last time out. Wacha owns a 4.37 ERA through 20 starts this season and will face the Marlins next time out. Jul 23 - 1:03 AM

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Michael Wacha was charged with three earned runs in just four innings Sunday in the Cardinals' loss to the Marlins.

Miami scored its first run on a Jeff Mathis bunt single in the top of the fourth inning and then Ichiro Suzuki walked to lead off the fifth inning followed by a Martin Prado ground-rule double and a Christian Yelich two-run single. Wacha was pulled at that point, having yielding seven total hits and two total walks. He struck out four. The young right-hander will carry a disappointing 4.45 ERA into his next start at home against the Dodgers.
Jul 17 - 5:22 PM

Michael Wacha indicated that he was fine late Friday after getting drilled in the heel by a ground ball in the seventh inning of Friday's start against the Brewers.

Wacha experienced immediate pain and numbness in the area after it happened, but felt fine shortly afterwards and doesn't think it'll be an issue moving forward. Before departing, he had allowed three runs on five hits over his 6 2/3 innings of work, all of the damage coming on solo home runs by Chris Carter (2) and Jonathan Lucroy.
Jul 9 - 8:41 AM

Michael Wacha limited the Brewers to two earned runs over five innings Sunday for his fifth win.

Wacha surrendered nine hits over just five frames, but he operated smoothly in situations that required damage control, racking up six strikeouts against one walk. We've seen better stuff over the last several weeks from Wacha, who now stands 5-7 with a 4.38 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, and 85/34 K/BB ratio in 98 2/3 innings this season. He'll face the Brewers again next time out.
Jul 3 - 8:27 PM

Michael Wacha fought to earn a quality start Tuesday, allowing four runs -- three earned -- on nine hits over six innings in a win over the Royals.

It wasn't Wacha's finest outing -- in fact, his nine hits allowed were the most in a start since his season debut against the Pirates -- but he managed to pick up his fourth win with the effort. Wacha did issue just one free pass while striking out four in the game. Despite running off four straight quality starts, we still haven't seen the kind of dominance expected from the 24-year-old, who owns a 4.42 ERA and 1.38 WHIP through 16 starts. A more favorable start Sunday against the Brewers could help his cause.
Jun 28 - 11:19 PM

Michael Wacha held the Cubs to two earned runs over 6 2/3 innings Wednesday in a Cardinals win.

He was able to out-duel Cubs ace Jake Arrieta as the Cardinals finished off a three-game sweep of their arch rival. Wacha struck out five and scattered two walks and three hits over his 6 2/3 solid frames. He's been really good the last three outings and should be plugged back into fantasy lineups. Up next is a road start against the Royals.
Jun 22 - 5:42 PM

Michael Wacha lost despite holding the Rangers to one run in 7 2/3 innings on Friday.

Wacha looks like he might have turned the corner in his last twice starts, but he still hasn't won since April, as the Cardinals were shut out tonight. It's the third time they've been shutout when he's pitched.
Jun 17 - 11:40 PM

Michael Wacha hurled seven strong innings against the Pirates on Friday night, allowing only two runs on three hits to go with five strikeouts and three walks but did not get a decision.

Wacha got his ERA back below the 5.00 barrier and now sits at 2-6 with a 4.91 ERA and 1.45 WHIP. Compare that to last year's 17-7 record with a 3.38 ERA and 1.21 WHIP. His peripherals show he was a little bit lucky last year and a little bit unlucky this year, so his true talent level lies somewhere in the middle.
Jun 11 - 1:09 AM

Michael Wacha surrendered four earned runs over five innings Saturday in a no-decision versus the Giants.

Wacha was bailed out by the St. Louis offense, which went off for four home runs (and six runs total) against Giants starter Jeff Samardzija. Wacha walked two and gave up six hits, again struggling with his overall command. He carries a disappointing 5.16 ERA into his next start on the road against the Pirates.
Jun 4 - 9:54 PM

Michael Wacha turned in a quality start in Sunday's loss to the Nationals, surrendering three runs on four hits over six innings.

The Nationals scored their runs off Wacha courtesy of an RBI single by Bryce Harper and a two-run single by Anthony Rendon in the fourth inning. This was by no means a magnificent outing by Wacha, but it was at least a slight step forward from his recent work. The 24-year-old right-hander entered Sunday's game having allowed 18 runs over his last three starts (15 innings). He will look to continue to improve by degrees in a home start against the Giants next time he takes the mound.
May 29 - 5:01 PM

Michael Wacha was roughed up for eight runs over five innings of work in Tuesday's loss to the Cubs.

It was ugly from the get-go for Wacha in this one, as the Cubs saddled him with six runs before he could escape the first inning. He began to settle in a bit after that but was KO'd by a Jorge Soler two-run shot in the fifth. Wacha is in the midst of an awful stretch, as he's seen his ERA rise from 2.65 to 5.08 over his last four outings. He'll try to get back on track this weekend in Washington.
May 24 - 11:09 PM

Michael Wacha lasted just four innings Thursday, allowing six runs on eight hits in a no-decision against the Rockies.

Wacha was staked to an early four-run lead but stumbled in the third, allowing two runs on a Trevor Story double, and four more runs in the fourth -- including RBI singles from the seventh-place hitter and the pitcher -- spelled his exit. It's the second straight start he's lasted just four innings, and his ERA is up to 4.03 with a 1.46 WHIP after the rough night. It doesn't get any easier for Wacha on Monday when he takes on the Cubs.
May 20 - 12:27 AM

Michael Wacha surrendered four earned runs over six innings Sunday in the Cardinals' loss to the Pirates.

Wacha was given an early lead and looked to be cruising until the fifth inning, when the Bucs poured on three runs on an RBI ground-rule double and a John Jaso two-run homer. Wacha stands 2-3 on the season, though he does have a 3.12 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, and 38 strikeouts in 43 1/3 innings. We've seen more good than bad so far from the 24-year-old right-hander.
May 9 - 8:02 AM

Michael Wacha limited the Phillies to one run over eight innings but took the loss on Tuesday.

A Ryan Howard solo home run in the sixth inning was all either team could muster in the contest. It was a tough result for Wacha, who allowed just five hits and three walks while striking out eight in the loss. He's pitched much better than his 2-2 record would indicate, owning a 2.65 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 32/12 K/BB ratio over 37 1/3 innings. He'll next face the division-rival Pirates on Sunday.
May 3 - 10:58 PM

Michael Wacha couldn't quite pick up the win in Thursday's defeat at the hands of the Diamondbacks, surrendering three runs on five hits over seven innings.

It was a fine start for Wacha overall, but he couldn't match the superlative De La Rosa, who tossed seven shutout innings. For his part, Wacha struck out nine, walked two and allowed a pair of homers. Chris Herrmann burned him for a two-run shot in the second inning and Brandon Drury smacked a solo homer in the fourth. Wacha will carry a 3.07 ERA and 1.33 WHIP (five starts, 29 1/3 innings) into his next start, a home jaunt against the Phillies.
Apr 29 - 12:11 AM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2Brayan Peña
3Alberto Rosario
1B1Matt Adams
2Brandon Moss
2B1Matt Carpenter
2Kolten Wong
3Jedd Gyorko
SS1Aledmys Diaz
3B1Jhonny Peralta
2Greg Garcia
LF1Matt Holliday
CF1Randal Grichuk
2Tommy Pham
RF1Stephen Piscotty
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Adam Wainwright
2Michael Wacha
3Carlos Martinez
4Jaime Garcia
5Mike Leake
6Lance Lynn
7Mike Mayers
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Seung Hwan Oh
2Kevin Siegrist
3Trevor Rosenthal
4Jordan Walden
5Jonathan Broxton
6Tyler Lyons
7Matt Bowman
8Seth Maness
9Mitch Harris