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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 was knocked around for nine runs (eight earned) in four-plus innings in a loss to the Cubs on Friday.
Wacha gave up seven hits on the night, including three homers. He had already allowed five runs through four innings before beginning the fifth, but he failed to retire any of the four batters he faced to begin the frame. He gave up a three-run homer to Kyle Schwarber along the way and the fourth run was charged to him after he left the game. Wacha was probably due for an off-night, but this was the first time he even allowed more than two earned runs in a start dating back to April 12. He had allowed three home runs combined over his previous 12 starts. He’ll bring a 3.24 ERA into a start against the Phillies on the road next week. Jun 16 - 1:07 AM

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Michael Wacha allowed two runs on four hits over 5 2/3 innings in Saturday's win over the Reds.

Wacha flirted with a no-hitter in his last start, a domination of the Pirates, but he posted a more modest output in Saturday's followup showing. The 26-year-old right-hander struck out six and walked three on the afternoon, with a two-run home run off the bat of Eugenio Suarez in the fourth inning the only blow to mar the scoreboard on his watch. With this win under his belt, Wacha improved to 8-1 on the season. He'll carry a slick 2.47 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 67/30 K/BB ratio (76 2/3 frames) into a home showdown with the Cubs in his next turn through the rotation.
Jun 9 - 7:57 PM

Michael Wacha carried a no-hitter into the ninth inning Sunday as the Cardinals blanked the Pirates 5-0.

Colin Moran led off in the top of the ninth and spoiled Wacha's shot at history with a soft liner to right field. Jordan Hicks then entered the game and secured the final three outs. Wacha was terrific, touching 97 mph with his fastball and dropping in a number of devastating changeups to fool Pirates hitter after Pirates hitter. He issued two walks but struck out eight. The 26-year-old right-hander is now 7-1 on the season with a 2.41 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and 61/27 K/BB ratio in 71 innings. After battling shoulder issues for a couple of years, he's looking more and more like the guy who won the NLCS MVP back in 2013 at age 22. He'll face the Reds on the road next time out.
Jun 3 - 4:42 PM

Michael Wacha issued four walks but allowed just one run over 6 2/3 innings in the Cardinals' 6-1 win over the Brewers on Tuesday.

He was a little wild, but Wacha permitted only two singles on the night and one of them was a blooper that Tommy Pham misread. The only run charged to Wacha's ledger came around to score on a double that reliever Sam Tuivailala gave up. Wacha has rather quietly had an excellent season, going 6-1 and posting a 2.71 ERA. He hasn't given up more than two runs in any of his last eight starts. Wacha will try to keep it going Sunday at home versus the Pirates.
May 29 - 11:41 PM

Michael Wacha gave up four hits and two runs (one earned) over 6 2/3 innings Wednesday in a no-decision against the Royals.

Wacha recorded six strikeouts and didn’t walk anyone. Seventy of his season-high 102 pitches went for strikes. The right-hander served up a solo blast to Salvador Perez in the second inning, then gave up another run in the sixth on Whit Merrifield’s sac fly to center. Wednesday marked Wacha’s third straight quality start. He’ll try to keep that streak going in his next outing Tuesday against Milwaukee.
May 23 - 5:32 PM

Michael Wacha held the Phillies to two runs over six innings and struck out eight on Friday.

It's the sixth straight start in which Wacha has allowed two runs or fewer. He looked very shaky at the beginning of the year with his velocity down, but he's bounced back awfully nicely.
May 19 - 1:36 AM

Michael Wacha earned a tough no decision on Saturday while allowing one run in six innings on Saturday against the Padres.

Wacha deserved better, but the St. Louis bats weren't able to get anything going against Tyson Ross on Saturday in the extra-innings loss. The 26-year-old has looked like the version we saw just a few years ago so far in 2018, and his ERA drops to 3.09 to go along with 36 strikeouts in 43 2/3 innings. We'll see Wacha back on the bump on Friday when he takes on the Phillies in St. Louis.
May 13 - 1:22 AM

Michael Wacha pitched decently in a losing effort against the Cubs on Sunday night, allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits over 5 1/3 innings of work.

The right-hander fanned five on the evening while issuing three free passes. The Cubs scratched out an unearned run in the first inning, then Kris Bryant tagged him for a solo shot in the fourth. Wacha has done a relatively nice job for the Cardinals this season, posting a 3.35 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 31/18 K/BB ratio across 37 2/3 innings in his seven starts. He'll do battle against the Padres his next time out in San Diego on Saturday.
May 7 - 1:55 AM

Michael Wacha allowed just two runs but lasted only five innings Tuesday, taking a no-decision in the Cardinals' 3-2 win over the White Sox.

Wacha needed 96 pitches to navigate through his five frames. He walked three batters and gave up five hits, with the big blow being a two-out, two-RBI double by Yoan Moncada in the fourth inning. The right-hander had been trending in the right direction his last couple times out, but this was a small step backward. He gets the Twins at home next.
May 1 - 11:31 PM

Michael Wacha allowed just one earned run, five hits and a walk with eight strikeouts over six innings in a victory against the Mets on Wednesday.

Wacha threw 64 of his 98 pitches for strikes in the quality start, running his record to 4-1 while lowering his ERA to 3.62. He has won four consecutive starts since losing on the road to the Mets back on March 31. He'll look to make it five wins in a row on Tuesday against 'Big Game' James Shields and the visiting White Sox as he kicks off a two-start week.
Apr 26 - 1:53 AM

Michael Wacha earned a win after holding the Reds to one run in 6 2/3 frames on Friday.

He allowed six hits -- all singles -- and issued one base-on-balls. He struck out three batters and moved to 3-1 on the season. The only run came on a Jose Peraza sacrifice fly that plated Billy Hamilton. Wacha has a 4.22 ERA and 1.45 WHIP through four starts.
Apr 21 - 2:08 AM

Michael Wacha will have his next start pushed back to Friday against the Reds.

The Cardinals made the change following Monday's postponement with the Cubs. Young hurler Luke Weaver will move up in the rotation to start Wednesday's series finale.
Apr 16 - 3:37 PM

Michael Wacha fought his way through five innings Thursday, allowing four runs -- three earned -- on five hits in a win over the Reds.

Wacha wasn't super sharp, walking three while striking out five, but he was still good enough to pick up his second win of the young season. That's been the story so far -- he's got just a 5.52 ERA and 1.64 WHIP in his three starts, and hasn't gone more than five innings in any of them, but he's 2-1 in the won-loss column. Wacha better hope his good luck continues because it doesn't get any easier his next time out, as the Cardinals visit the Cubs on Tuesday.
Apr 12 - 10:38 PM

Michael Wacha walked five batters while surrendering two runs over five innings in Saturday's win over the Diamondbacks.

Wacha threw just 48 of his 89 pitches for strikes, but the Diamondbacks were largely unable to take advantage of his wildness. A.J. Pollock and Chris Owings managed RBI singles off the 26-year-old right-hander in the first and third innings, but he was otherwise able to keep the scoreboard free and clear of damage. While this was technically a sharper outing than his season-debut, when he allowed four runs to the Mets across 4 2/3 frames, neither of his starts to date have been particularly noteworthy. Wacha will try for crisper results in a road date with the Reds when he next toes the rubber.
Apr 7 - 5:19 PM

Michael Wacha will start Saturday when the Cardinals host the Diamondbacks.

Wacha was originally scheduled to start on Thursday in St. Louis's home opener, but he'll instead toe the rubber on Saturday as Adam Wainwright (hamstring) returns from the 10-day disabled list.
Apr 4 - 8:05 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2Francisco Pena
1B1Jose Martinez
2Luke Voit
2B1Kolten Wong
2Greg Garcia
SS1Paul DeJong
2Yairo Munoz
3B1Matt Carpenter
2Jedd Gyorko
LF1Marcell Ozuna
CF1Tommy Pham
2Harrison Bader
RF1Dexter Fowler
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Carlos Martinez
2Adam Wainwright
3Michael Wacha
4Miles Mikolas
5Luke Weaver
6Jack Flaherty
7Alex Reyes
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Bud Norris
2Greg Holland
3Luke Gregerson
4Tyler Lyons
5Dominic Leone
6Matt Bowman
7Jordan Hicks
8Brett Cecil
9Sam Tuivailala
10John Brebbia
11Austin Gomber
12Mike Mayers