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Michael Wacha | Starting Pitcher | #52

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (25) / 7/1/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Texas A&M
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (19) / STL
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Michael Wacha, who had his last start skipped, tossed six scoreless innings Friday against the Giants.
Wacha was pitching on 11 days' rest, but he was still sharp in allowing four hits and striking out five. He's posted a 2.74 ERA while being handled carefully by the Cardinals; he's topped 90 pitches just twice in seven starts, with a high of 101. May 20 - 1:58 AM

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The Cardinals will skip Michael Wacha's next turn in the rotation to give him some extra rest.

The Cardinals are able to do that because of their scheduled off day on Thursday. Instead of starting Friday against the Cubs, Wacha will go next Friday against the Giants. The right-hander has gotten off to a impressive start this year, going 2-1 with a 3.19 ERA over his first six outings.
May 11 - 4:41 PM

Michael Wacha held the Braves to two runs over six innings Sunday in a no-decision.

St. Louis won the game in the 14th inning, long after Wacha exited. The right-hander struck out six and limited Atlanta to five hits over six innings while lowering his ERA from 3.23 to 3.19. Wacha carries durability issues related to his troublesome right shoulder, but he makes for a good mixed-league fantasy starter when healthy. A home matchup against the rival Cubs is next.
May 7 - 5:47 PM

Michael Wacha allowed four earned runs over six innings Monday in a no-decision versus the Brewers.

Wacha didn't look terrible, but the Brewers offense managed seven hits against him, including two doubles and a Jonathan Villar third-inning home run. Milwaukee went on to win the game in extras following a three-run shot by Travis Shaw in the top of the 10th. Wacha walked just one and struck out five. He'll bring a 3.23 ERA into his next start on the road versus the Braves.
May 2 - 12:01 AM

Michael Wacha held the Blue Jays to two runs while whiffing six across six frames in Tuesday’s extra-innings loss.

Wacha deserved better than a no-decision. He was cruising along until the fourth inning, when Matt Adams wasn’t able to field a catchable ball at first base and then a throwing error by Stephen Piscotty opened the door to a couple runs. The righty looked good in this one, touching 97 mph regularly while flashing his nasty changeup. Wacha and his 2.55 ERA will square off against the Reds on Sunday.
Apr 26 - 12:29 AM

Michael Wacha held the Pirates to one run over 6 2/3 innings Wednesday for his second win.

Wacha, who still carries shoulder concerns, was lifted at 88 pitches after surrendering a two-out single to David Freese and a walk to John Jaso in the top of the seventh inning. The right-hander gave up only four total hits and two walks while striking out three. He owns a shiny 2.41 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 17/5 K/BB ratio in 18 2/3 innings (three starts) this season, but there's reason to be skeptical about how long it can last. Wacha's next start will be at home against the Blue Jays.
Apr 19 - 4:26 PM

Michael Wacha logged a quality start in Friday's loss to the Yankees, allowing four runs (three earned) on nine hits over his six frames.

Wacha punched out eight on the night while issuing only two free passes. He was a victim of the long ball in this one, with Starlin Castro launching a two-run homer in the first inning and Austin Romine adding a solo shot in the second. Wacha now sports a 3.00 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 14/3 K/BB ratio through 12 innings to start the season. He'll look to get back in the win column when he takes on the Pirates at home on Wednesday.
Apr 14 - 10:07 PM

Michael Wacha cruised to his first win of the year Saturday against the Reds, letting up just three hits and one run over six superb innings.

He managed six strikeouts and walked only one batter. Wacha also helped his own cause with an RBI single off Reds starter Bronson Arroyo. 58 of the right-hander's 83 pitches went for strikes. The only run Wacha allowed came in the fourth inning on an RBI double by Eugenio Suarez. Wacha's next outing will come Friday at Yankee Stadium.
Apr 8 - 8:23 PM

Michael Wacha finished the spring 4-0 after allowing two runs over four innings in the Cardinals' 6-2 victory against the Nationals on Wednesday.

Wacha ends up with a 2.43 ERA and a 22/6 K/BB ratio in 26 innings. We were rather skeptical a month ago, but he looks like a legitimate mixed-league starter now.
Mar 29 - 3:55 PM

Michael Wacha pitched five innings of shutout ball Friday as the Cardinals beat the Nationals 3-1.

Wacha allowed two hits, walked one and struck out three in improving to 3-0 this spring. He has a 2.05 ERA in 22 innings. We weren't convinced a few weeks ago, but he looks like a fine late-round pick in mixed leagues now.
Mar 24 - 5:37 PM

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Sunday that Michael Wacha will be part of the rotation.

He'll be joined by Carlos Martinez, Adam Wainwright, Lance Lynn and Mike Leake. Wacha immediately became the heavy favorite to be the club's fifth starter after Alex Reyes (elbow) went down, and he's officially earned the spot with a 2.65 ERA and 15/4 K/BB ratio over 17 innings this spring. The righty should bounce back in 2017 if his chronic shoulder injury doesn't flare up, but it's worth noting that his strikeout rate has declined every year he's been in the majors.
Mar 19 - 11:34 AM

Michael Wacha surrendered three runs on five hits in four innings of Grapefruit League action against the Mets on Saturday.

He walked one and struck out four. It was the first poor outing of the spring for Wacha, who entered the day with a 1.38 ERA and exited with a still-strong 2.65 ERA in 17 innings of work. He is coming off a down season in which shoulder troubles contributed to a 5.09 ERA in 138 innings. He projects as the Cardinals fourth or fifth starter this season.
Mar 18 - 4:30 PM

Michael Wacha pitched five innings of two-run ball Monday as the Cardinals topped the Astros 6-3.

Wacha seemed to wear down in the third inning of his previous start, but he made it through five without incident today, which is another good sign for him this spring. He's allowed three runs -- two earned -- and posted an 11/3 K/BB ratio in 13 innings overall.
Mar 13 - 3:56 PM

Michael Wacha tossed three scoreless innings and struck out three Wednesday in the Cardinals' 9-3 defeat of the Nationals.

Wacha has allowed just an unearned run over eight innings so far this spring, and the reviews have been quite positive. Durability remains a big question mark here, but his stock is climbing some.
Mar 8 - 4:26 PM

Michael Wacha worked three scoreless innings, striking out two, as the Cardinals edged a Nationals split-squad 2-1 in 10 innings Friday.

The Cardinals aren't completely sure Wacha is going to up to throwing 100 pitches every five or six days this year, but he's had an encouraging open to his spring. He's allowed just an unearned run over five innings to date.
Mar 3 - 4:14 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2Eric Fryer
1B1Matt Carpenter
2B1Kolten Wong
2Greg Garcia
SS1Aledmys Diaz
3B1Jedd Gyorko
2Jhonny Peralta
LF1Randal Grichuk
2Jose Martinez
CF1Dexter Fowler
2Tommy Pham
RF1Stephen Piscotty
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Carlos Martinez
2Adam Wainwright
3Lance Lynn
4Mike Leake
5Michael Wacha
6Alex Reyes
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Seung Hwan Oh
2Brett Cecil
3Kevin Siegrist
4Trevor Rosenthal
5Matt Bowman
6Jonathan Broxton
7Tyler Lyons
8Miguel Socolovich
9Sam Tuivailala
10Zach Duke