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Michael Wacha | Starting Pitcher | #52

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (26) / 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 let in five runs in four innings and was charged with a loss to the Pirates on Saturday.
One bad inning ruined his day. He allowed all five runs in the second frame, including a pair of two-run homers by Adam Frazier and Starling Marte. Wacha falls to 9-6 as his ERA grows to 4.08 after 23 starts. He'll hope for better things against the Rays on Friday. Aug 19 - 9:36 PM

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Michael Wacha surrendered four runs on eight hits over five innings in Sunday's loss to the Braves.

Wacha struck out just one while walking one in the afternoon outing. He gave up a Danny Santana RBI single and an Ozzie Albies sacrifice fly in the fourth inning and a two-run Brandon Phillips homer in the fifth to account for the scoring on his line. While Wacha holds a respectable 3.85 ERA and 1.32 WHIP, he has not pitched deeper than six innings in any of his last five starts. He will try to provide a little more length when he takes to the mound against the Pirates in a road outing next time out.
Aug 13 - 5:14 PM

Michael Wacha allowed three runs on six hits over his six frames in Tuesday's victory over the Royals.

The right-hander punched out five on the night while issuing a pair of free passes. All of the damage against him came in the fourth inning on a bases-clearing double by Cheslor Cuthbert. Wacha is enjoying a nice bounce-back season, compiling a 9-4 record, 3.70 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 115/38 K/BB ratio across 116 2/3 innings on the season. He'll take on the Braves at home on Sunday.
Aug 8 - 11:19 PM

Michael Wacha was lifted after allowing one run in four innings Thursday against the Brewers.

Wacha's spot came up with two on in a 1-1 game in the top of the fifth, so the Cardinals opted to hit for him. Since he was at 81 pitches, he likely would have been good for just one more inning anyway, making it look like the right decision. Unfortunately, it backfired for Mike Matheny, as pinch-hitter Luke Voit grounded into an inning-ending double play. Worse, Brett Cecil gave up a run in the fifth and the Cardinals went on to lose 2-1.
Aug 3 - 5:46 PM

Michael Wacha fired six scoreless innings in a 1-0 victory over the Diamondbacks on Friday.

Wacha held the D-Backs to just three hits while walking one batter and striking out five. He found himself in trouble in the sixth inning, but he managed to strike out David Peralta swinging with two on to end his night. He’s won five out of his last six starts and sits at 8-4 with a 3.71 ERA on the year. He’ll try to keep it going in an NL Central showdown against the Brewers next week.
Jul 29 - 1:19 AM

Michael Wacha struggled in Sunday's loss to the Cubs, surrendering five runs on six hits over his six innings of work.

The right-hander punched out six and didn't walk a batter. He had trouble keeping the ball in the yard on Sunday, with Kyle Schwarber blasting a solo homer in the fourth inning and Willson Contreras adding a two-run shot in the sixth. Wacha will carry a 3.93 ERA and 1.31 WHIP into Friday's matchup against the Diamondbacks.
Jul 23 - 11:05 PM

Michael Wacha threw a three-hit shutout as the Cardinals topped the Mets 5-0 on Tuesday.

Wacha dominated his New York counterparts, yielding only a pair of singles, one double and one walk in the masterpiece. The right-hander struck out eight, including fanning Jay Bruce to end it on a high note. The 26-year-old has been terrific in his last four starts, lowering his ERA to 3.71 in 17 starts overall. Wacha will try to keep it rolling in a Sunday Night Baseball matchup against the rival Cubs on Sunday.
Jul 18 - 11:59 PM

Michael Wacha notched a season-high-tying nine strikeouts while yielding two runs over 5 2/3 frames in Thursday’s 4-3 win over the Marlins.

It’s his second straight outing with nine punchouts. Wacha permitted six hits on the day along with issuing a pair of free passes. The right-hander will head into the All-Star break on a high note, as he’s pitched well in each of his last three outings.
Jul 6 - 5:17 PM

Michael Wacha struck out nine over six scoreless innings Saturday, earning the win over the Nationals.

Wacha gave up just four hits, a double and three singles, and he walked just one in the outing. It was his second strong showing in as many starts, helping calm, if only until his next outing, concerns that surrounded him after his swoon in late May and early June. Wacha now has a 4.16 ERA and 1.43 WHIP through 15 starts overall, improving to 5-3 with the win. He'll try to stay hot Thursday when the Cardinals host the Marlins.
Jul 1 - 11:25 PM

Michael Wacha limited the Reds to one run and five hits in six innings to pick up a victory in an 8-2 game Monday.

Luke Weaver's back injury cost him just one start in Triple-A, so Wacha is still on pretty thin ice at the moment. He did well against a productive offense today, though, and his peripherals are still significantly better than his 4.50 ERA. He might not be quite what we were hoping for based on his impressive spring, but as a fourth or fifth starter, he isn't bad.
Jun 26 - 11:10 PM

Michael Wacha gave up five runs -- two earned -- in four innings but was able to escape with a no-decision against the Phillies on Wednesday.

He allowed nine hits and a walk in the brief outing and was fortunate that three of the runs he allowed were unearned. His team was down 5-0 when he was done pitching but they were able to come back late to win the game and spare Wacha a loss. He remains 3-3 with a 4.76 ERA and poor 1.51 WHIP after 13 starts. He will take the mound on Monday for a make-up game versus the Reds.
Jun 21 - 11:41 PM

Michael Wacha wasn't long for Thursday's game, allowing four runs on seven hits over four-plus innings in a no-decision against the Brewers.

Wacha was staked to an early two-run lead but handed it right back, falling behind twice more before being removed with no outs in the fifth inning. He gave up a home run and walked three while striking out five on the night. He sprinkled in a quality start his last time out but otherwise has turned in starts of 4, 3, 4 1/3 and now 4 innings over his last five starts. That leaves him with a 4.78 ERA and 1.45 WHIP, and it may be time for the club to think about moving the 25-year-old out of the rotation. For now, he's on track to start Wednesday against the Phillies.
Jun 16 - 1:12 AM

Michael Wacha yielded two runs in six innings Friday in defeating the Phillies.

Wacha had struggled in three straight starts, taking his ERA all of the way from 2.74 to 4.67. There had been talk of him getting a break for a spell, but this should quiet the speculation. His stuff has looked fine throughout, and he's a reasonable play in mixed leagues at home against the Brewers next week.
Jun 10 - 1:42 AM

Michael Wacha struggled in a no-decision against the Cubs on Sunday night, allowing six runs on six hits over 4 1/3 innings of work.

The right-hander also issued four free passes while striking out five. He held the Cubs to just a solo homer from Ian Happ through the first three innings, but they broke the game open with a five-run uprising in the fourth that included a three-run homer from Happ. The maddeningly inconsistent Wacha will bring a 4.67 ERA and 1.41 WHIP into Friday's start against the Phillies.
Jun 4 - 10:40 PM

Michael Wacha was charged with four runs – three earned – over just three innings in Tuesday’s loss to the Dodgers.

Wacha managed to hold the Dodgers off the scoreboard for the first two innings but had to pitch out of jams each frame. He then gave up the four spot in the third on three hits, two walks and an error. That’s two rough outings in a row for Wacha, although they both came against a Dodgers team that feasts on right-handed pitching. He’ll face the Cubs at Wrigley on Sunday in another tough matchup.
May 30 - 11:52 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2Carson Kelly
1B1Matt Carpenter
2B1Kolten Wong
2Greg Garcia
SS1Paul DeJong
3B1Jedd Gyorko
LF1Tommy Pham
CF1Dexter Fowler
RF1Randal Grichuk
2Stephen Piscotty
3Jose Martinez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Carlos Martinez
2Adam Wainwright
3Lance Lynn
4Mike Leake
5Michael Wacha
6Luke Weaver
7Alex Reyes
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Trevor Rosenthal
2Seung Hwan Oh
3Kevin Siegrist
4Matt Bowman
5Brett Cecil
6Tyler Lyons
7John Brebbia
8Zach Duke
9Sam Tuivailala
10Joshua Lucas