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Michael Wacha | Starting Pitcher | #52

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (24) / 7/1/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Texas A&M
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (19) / STL
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Michael Wacha couldn't quite pick up the win in Thursday's defeat at the hands of the Diamondbacks, surrendering three runs on five hits over seven innings.
It was a fine start for Wacha overall, but he couldn't match the superlative De La Rosa, who tossed seven shutout innings. For his part, Wacha struck out nine, walked two and allowed a pair of homers. Chris Herrmann burned him for a two-run shot in the second inning and Brandon Drury smacked a solo homer in the fourth. Wacha will carry a 3.07 ERA and 1.33 WHIP (five starts, 29 1/3 innings) into his next start, a home jaunt against the Phillies. Apr 29 - 12:11 AM

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Michael Wacha couldn’t strike anyone out, but still cobbled together a quality start with just two earned runs over six innings against the Padres on Saturday.

Wacha’s strikeout rate dropped to 7.59 K/9 in 2015, which was a concern because it illustrated a downward trend that extended back to his debut season 2013. That has seemingly continued this season. After not whiffing a single batter on Saturday, his strikeout rate now sits at 6.04 K/9. The right-hander still made it work against the Padres, allowing just two earned runs on four hits and four walks, but there are some red flags surrounding his attractive 2.82 ERA. He has a tough matchup looming on the road against the Diamondbacks next Thursday.
Apr 24 - 12:37 AM

Michael Wacha allowed three runs -- one earned -- over six innings in a no-decision Sunday versus the Reds.

St. Louis didn't grab the lead for good until the bottom of the eighth inning. Wacha again showed good command, whiffing five and striking out one. He did allow seven hits, but five of them were singles. The right-hander has been sharp now in two straight outings and will carry a 2.76 ERA into his next start on the road against the Padres.
Apr 17 - 5:10 PM

Michael Wacha struck out seven while yielding just four singles and one walk over six shutout frames in Monday's 10-1 win over the Brewers.

Wacha was awful last week against the Pirates, lasting just 4 1/3 frames while allowing 10 hits and four earned runs. He obviously bounced back big time in this one in a much easier matchup. The right-hander surely could have gone another inning, but with a big lead the Cardinals wisely went ahead and pulled him. Wacha gets another favorable matchup this weekend at home versus the Reds.
Apr 11 - 8:01 PM

Michael Wacha was dreadful Tuesday, allowing five runs -- four earned -- on 10 hits and a walk over 4 1/3 frames in a loss to the Pirates.

Aledmys Diaz booted what should have been an inning-ending double-play ball in the fifth inning, which would have kept Wacha in line for a win. However, the righty can hardly complain, as his command was off all night and the Pirates took advantage. Wacha will try to rebound next week against the Brewers.
Apr 5 - 11:05 PM

Michael Wacha allowed two hits over five innings as the Cardinals shut out the Marlins 3-0 on Wednesday.

Wacha earned his first win of the spring and lowered his ERA to 4.08. We're not all that high on him for fantasy purposes, but he should be a solid enough mixed-league starter. His ceiling just doesn't seem as high as it once did.
Mar 30 - 4:26 PM

Michael Wacha allowed three runs and seven hits in four innings Saturday against the Red Sox.

Wacha has been working on his cutter this spring, so it's not a good idea to read much into his 7.88 ERA. He might not have the same kind of upside it looked like he would two years ago, but he still projects as a very solid mixed-league starter this year.
Mar 19 - 3:15 PM

Michael Wacha debuted a new cutter in Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Twins.

He threw it on the last pitch of his outing, inducing a Ryan Sweeney groundout. Wacha developed the pitch while working with former teammate Shelby Miller during the offseason. "It's definitely a work in progress," he said. "It doesn't have the command that I want on it yet, but the action is there that I want." Wacha is hoping the new pitch will improve his efficiency and let him pitch deeper into games.
Mar 9 - 9:09 AM

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.
Mon, Oct 12, 2015 10:16:00 PM

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.
Thu, Oct 8, 2015 03:06:00 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.
Wed, Sep 30, 2015 04:26:00 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.
Sat, Sep 19, 2015 04:20:00 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.
Sun, Sep 13, 2015 04:53:00 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.
Tue, Sep 8, 2015 11:57:00 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.
Wed, Sep 2, 2015 04:53:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2Brayan Peña
3Eric Fryer
1B1Brandon Moss
2Matt Adams
2B1Kolten Wong
2Jedd Gyorko
SS1Jhonny Peralta
2Ruben Tejada
3Aledmys Diaz
3B1Matt Carpenter
LF1Matt Holliday
2Jeremy Hazelbaker
CF1Randal Grichuk
2Tommy Pham
RF1Stephen Piscotty
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Adam Wainwright
2Michael Wacha
3Carlos Martinez
4Jaime Garcia
5Mike Leake
6Lance Lynn
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Trevor Rosenthal
2Kevin Siegrist
3Seung Hwan Oh
4Jordan Walden
5Seth Maness
6Jonathan Broxton
7Tyler Lyons
8Matt Bowman
9Mitch Harris