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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
Contract: view contract details

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Michael Wacha limited the Marlins to one run in six innings for a victory Friday.
A Derek Dietrich homer in the first was the only damage. Wacha struck out three and walked none. He has a 4.20 ERA and eight strikeouts in 15 innings for the spring. Mar 16 - 4:07 PM

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Michael Wacha surrendered four runs in his four-inning spring start versus the Marlins on Saturday.

He struck out four but allowed six base hits, including a solo homer by prospect Isan Diaz. Wacha hasn't been very sharp this spring, sporting a 6.00 ERA after three starts, but he is locked into a rotation slot nonetheless. He went 12-9 with a 4.13 ERA in 30 starts last year for the Cardinals.
Mar 10 - 4:22 PM

Michael Wacha surrendered two earned runs on five hits in his three-inning Grapefruit League start Sunday versus the Astros.

Tim Federowicz hit a run-scoring sac fly in the top of the second and Jose Altuve slugged his first home run of the spring off Wacha in the top of the third. The 26-year-old right-hander walked none and struck out one. He makes for an intriguing late-round fantasy arm leading into 2018 after showing better durability with his shoulder last season.
Mar 4 - 2:36 PM

Michael Wacha threw two scoreless frames against the Twins in his start Monday.

Wacha finished with a 4.13 ERA last year, but his peripherals were better than that; he struck out 158 in 165 2/3 innings and ended up with a 3.63 FIP. He remains worthy of a pick in mixed leagues, though he shouldn't be a top-three starter on any team.
Feb 26 - 5:08 PM

Cardinals and OF Michael Wacha avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $5.3 million contract.

Wacha was arbitration-eligible for the second time. The tall right-hander posted a 4.13 ERA over 30 starts for St. Louis last season.
Jan 12 - 2:49 PM

Michael Wacha served up five runs in six-plus innings and took a loss to the Cubs on Wednesday.

One bad inning ruined his day. He was sailing along with a shutout through six innings but then surrendered five runs without getting an out in the top of the seventh. The big blow was a three-run jack by shortstop Addison Russell. Five of the seven hits he allowed on the day came in that one frame. He struck out eight batters against one walk in the losing effort. This was likely his final start of the season. Wacha falls to 12-9 with a 4.13 ERA in 30 starts.
Wed, Sep 27, 2017 10:35:00 PM

Michael Wacha pitched decently in a no-decision against the Pirates on Friday, allowing two runs on three hits in his five innings.

Wacha struck out three on the evening while walking one. All of the damage against him came in the fourth inning, where David Freese delivered an RBI double and Gregory Polanco plated a run with a ground ball. Wacha now sports a 4.00 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 150/54 K/BB ratio in 159 2/3 innings on the season. He'll do battle against the Cubs in his final regular season start on Wednesday.
Fri, Sep 22, 2017 10:48:00 PM

Michael Wacha took a loss to the Cubs after allowing three runs in 5 2/3 innings on Saturday.

Control was a problem as he issued five walks and burned 101 pitches without making it deep into the game. He struck out seven and surrendered six base hits. The Cubs bunched together three singles and a pair of walks to produce two runs in the fourth inning, then an Albert Almora double plated another run in the fifth. Wacha falls to 12-8 with a 4.02 ERA and 1.38 WHIP after 28 starts. He will face the Pirates on Friday as the Cardinals try to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Sat, Sep 16, 2017 07:12:00 PM

Michael Wacha worked eight scoreless innings Sunday in the Cardinals' 7-0 blanking of the Pirates.

Wacha was brilliant, regularly touching the high-90s with his fastball and showing off some filthy changeups and curves as he struck out seven, walked none, and limited the Bucs to five hits. The 26-year-old right-hander has been surprisingly durable here in 2017 and he now stands 12-7 with a 3.99 ERA and 139/48 K/BB ratio over 149 innings. Up next is a big road matchup against the rival Cubs.
Sun, Sep 10, 2017 04:54:00 PM

Michael Wacha allowed four runs - three earned - with seven hits, three walks and six strikeouts over six innings in a road win against the Padres on Tuesday.

Wacha has posted back-to-back quality starts for the first time since June 26-July 1. While the wins are nice, he has also walked at least two batters in four in a row, and six of his past seven outings. He'll look to keep up the winning ways against the Pirates on Sunday afternoon in St. Louis.
Wed, Sep 6, 2017 03:33:00 AM

Michael Wacha earned his 10th victory of the season on Thursday, limiting the Giants to one run on four hits over his six frames.

He struck out only two on the night though while issuing a pair of free passes. It was a nice bounce-back effort for Wacha who had struggled in each of his previous three outings. He'll carry a 4.20 ERA and 1.39 WHIP into Tuesday's start against the Padres in San Diego.
Fri, Sep 1, 2017 02:05:00 AM

Michael Wacha surrendered five runs and nine hits in 3 1/3 innings Friday in a loss to the Rays.

Wacha was 9-4 with a 3.70 ERA two weeks ago, but now he's given up 14 earned runs and 24 hits over 12 1/3 innings in is last three starts. The Cardinals need him to figure this out quickly; they can't replace him when Mike Leake is more deserving of getting bumped.
Sat, Aug 26, 2017 12:21:00 AM

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.
Sat, Aug 19, 2017 09:36:00 PM

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.
Sun, Aug 13, 2017 05:14:00 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.
Tue, Aug 8, 2017 11:19:00 PM

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