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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 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

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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

Michael Wacha allowed six runs on seven hits over four-plus innings in Thursday's 7-3 loss to the Dodgers.

Wacha was working with a 3-0 advantage before he even threw his first pitch, but he was unable to hold the early lead afforded to him by the offense. Chase Utley burned him for a solo home run in the second inning, with three more runs scoring in the fourth inning. Two of those came home off the bat of opposing number Kenta Maeda, who laced a single down the third base line on a hanging curve. The final two runs on his line scored via the bullpen after he allowed runners on before being pulled with nobody out in the fifth. Wacha will carry a still-sturdy 3.66 ERA and 1.24 WHIP into a home start against (once again) the Dodger when he next takes to the mound.
May 26 - 1:16 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2Eric Fryer
1B1Matt Carpenter
2Chad Huffman
2B1Kolten Wong
2Greg Garcia
3Paul DeJong
SS1Aledmys Diaz
3B1Jedd Gyorko
LF1Tommy Pham
2Jose Martinez
CF1Dexter Fowler
RF1Stephen Piscotty
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Carlos Martinez
2Adam Wainwright
3Lance Lynn
4Mike Leake
5Michael Wacha
6Alex Reyes
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Seung Hwan Oh
2Trevor Rosenthal
3Kevin Siegrist
4Matt Bowman
5Brett Cecil
6Tyler Lyons
7John Brebbia
8Sam Tuivailala
9Zach Duke