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Michael Wacha | Starting Pitcher

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (24) / 7/1/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Texas A&M
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Michael Wacha was touched up for four runs over just 4 1/3 innings in Monday's loss to the Cubs.
Wacha really struggled in September and his issues carried over into his first postseason outing. He served up three home runs on the day, walked three and needed 90 pitches to cover the 4 1/3 frames. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny made a blunder in not pulling Wacha sooner, and the righty allowed a go-ahead homer to Kris Bryant in the fifth before finally getting the heave-ho. St. Louis will go with John Lackey on short rest in Game 4 as they attempt to stave off elimination. Oct 12 - 10:16 PM

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Michael Wacha will start Game 3 of the NLDS at Wrigley Field.

Wacha had an awful September and could be wearing down after tossing only 107 innings at the major league level last season due to a right shoulder injury. He'll match up with Jake Arrieta in what should be a wild environment at Wrigley on Monday. This one doesn't bode too well for St. Louis. Lance Lynn will go in Game 4.
Oct 8 - 3:06 PM

Michael Wacha was hammered for six earned runs in four innings Wednesday as the Cardinals dropped the first half of a doubleheader against the Pirates.

Pittsburgh struck first on a Neil Walker solo shot in the bottom of the second inning and then blew the game open with a five-run fourth. Wacha has struggled throughout September and may be headed toward a fourth starter role in the postseason. It's a fair assumption that he's simply running out of gas after missing much of 2014 with a shoulder injury.
Sep 30 - 4:26 PM

Michael Wacha struggled in a losing effort against the Cubs on Saturday afternoon, surrendering four runs on six hits over his five frames.

On the plus side, he did rack up seven strikeouts on the afternoon while walking four. After scratching out a pair of runs in the first inning, Kris Bryant and Jorge Soler tagged him for back-to-back homers in the fifth. Even with the rough outing, Wacha will carry a 3.08 ERA and 1.18 WHIP into Thursday's start against the Brewers.
Sep 19 - 4:20 PM

Michael Wacha held the Reds to two runs over six innings in Sunday's 9-2 victory.

Wacha was a little wild, walking four and also hitting a batter. He yielded just three hits, though, while recording five strikeouts. The tall right-hander was removed after throwing an even 100 pitches. It was a nice bounce-back outing for Wacha after he lasted just four innings in his worst start of the season his last time out. He'll try to keep it going next weekend at Wrigley Field.
Sep 13 - 4:53 PM

Michael Wacha was knocked around by the Cubs on Tuesday, allowing six runs over four innings in a loss.

The Cardinals skipped Wacha's previous turn in the rotation, and the rust from his 10-day layoff was evident from the get-go. Wacha served up a two-run homer to Anthony Rizzo in the first inning before giving up four more runs -- including a Starlin Castro three-run homer -- in the second. The loss was his first since July 26, dropping him to 15-5 with a 2.96 ERA and 1.15 WHIP overall. Wacha will look for a better result Sunday at the Reds.
Sep 8 - 11:57 PM

Michael Wacha is being skipped Wednesday against the Nationals as a way to limit his innings.

St. Louis took the first two of three games versus the visiting Nats on Monday and Tuesday, so Tyler Lyons is going to start instead of Wacha in Wednesday night's series finale. Wacha was limited to 107 major league innings in 2014 due to shoulder issues. This looks like a smart move for the Cardinals both in the short term and long term.
Sep 2 - 4:53 PM

Michael Wacha has been scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday night against the Nationals.

Tyler Lyons is going to take the hill instead. No word yet on the reason for bumping Wacha, but it could be similar to the Cardinals' decision to skip Carlos Martinez on Tuesday. That was more of a workload protection thing here in early September, though the Cardinals claimed publicly that Martinez had a sore back. Wacha was spotted flying model planes in the Busch Stadium outfield on Wednesday afternoon. All is well.
Sep 2 - 4:04 PM

Michael Wacha allowed four unearned runs over six innings in Friday's no-decision against the Giants.

The runs all came on Marlon Byrd's grand slam, which followed errors from Matt Carpenter and Jhonny Peralta to set things up in the third. Wacha barely escaped that inning, giving up two singles after the homer, but he was perfectly fine otherwise.
Aug 29 - 1:38 AM

Michael Wacha improved to 15-4 in Sunday's win over the Padres, allowing just one run on five hits over six innings.

Wacha struck out three and walked two on the afternoon. Clint Barmes managed a second-inning RBI single against the Cards ace, but that would be the only run to dent the scoreboard on his watch. He boasts a 2.80 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 128/38 K/BB ratio across 151 1/3 innings. Up next on his schedule, a road date with the Giants.
Aug 23 - 8:05 PM

Michael Wacha limited the Giants to a lone run in seven innings but got a no-decision in Monday's win.

Brandon Crawford tied the game at 1-1 with a sixth-inning double, accounting for the only run against Wacha. The right-hander allowed six hits and a walk while striking out six. He still leads the league with 14 wins and now has a 2.85 ERA, a 1.11 WHIP, and a 125/36 K/BB ratio over 145 1/3 innings. Wacha will take the hill in San Diego against the Padres next.
Aug 17 - 10:50 PM

Michael Wacha got his 14th win on Wednesday, holding the Pirates to two runs in six innings of work.

Wacha served up a solo home run to Andrew McCutchen in the fourth inning an an RBI triple to the same guy in the fifth. He gave up nine hits and walked three, so he was fortunate to allow only the two runs. Seven strikeouts helped. The right-hander boasts a 2.93 ERA with a 1.12 WHIP and a 119/35 K/BB ratio over 138 1/3 innings. Wacha will look to win in a fourth consecutive start when he takes on the Giants at home next week.
Aug 12 - 11:48 PM

Michael Wacha was superb in Thursday afternoon's 3-0 win over the Reds, firing seven innings of shutout baseball.

Wacha struck out six and walked two on the afternoon. The only extra-base hit to fall against him came via a Joey Votto double in the first inning, which he shook off easily enough. After posting a 4.06 ERA in July, Wacha's bounced back with two strong starts in August and has not allowed a run in his last 14 innings. He'll take a 2.92 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 112/32 K/BB (over 132 1/3 innings) into his next outing, a scheduled home showdown with the Pirates.
Aug 6 - 5:25 PM

Michael Wacha shut out the Rockies for seven innings, striking out seven, in a victory Friday.

Wacha is the fifth pitcher to reach 12 wins this season, but this the first time he's pitched at least seven scoreless innings in a start. Randy Choate and Seth Maness finished the six-hit shutout tonight.
Aug 1 - 2:39 AM

Michael Wacha allowed three earned runs over six innings Sunday in a loss to the Braves.

Wacha again struggled with his fastball command, walking three and surrendering five hits, including a sixth-inning home run to Adonis Garcia. Wacha still has a cool 11-4 record, 3.27 ERA, and 1.12 WHIP, but he's been showing some concerning signs throughout July. The 24-year-old right-hander will try to right the ship next time out against the Rockies.
Jul 26 - 5:22 PM

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SS1Jhonny Peralta
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3B1Matt Carpenter
LF1Matt Holliday
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S1Adam Wainwright
2Carlos Martinez
3Michael Wacha
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6John Lackey
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