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Michael Wacha | Starting Pitcher

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (23) / 7/1/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Texas A&M
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Michael Wacha allowed just one (unearned) run over seven innings Sunday in the Cardinals' 6-1 win over the Royals.
Wacha scattered five singles and two walks over his seven dominant frames while striking out four. It was exactly the kinda outing the Cardinals needed after losing three straight and the first two games of the weekend series against their cross-state rival. Wacha now has a brilliant 1.87 ERA in 57 2/3 innings this season, and St. Louis is 9-0 in his nine starts. The 23-year-old ace will try to keep it all working next time out against the Dodgers. May 24 - 4:54 PM

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Michael Wacha limited the Mets to two runs over seven innings in a win Tuesday.

Wacha was nearly spotless outside of a two-run home run by Daniel Murphy. The right-hander gave up just four hits and walked two while striking out five in the win. The win moved him to 6-0 with a 2.13 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 31/12 K/BB ratio on the year. An interleague date with the Royals in Kansas City Sunday is on tap.
May 19 - 9:58 PM

Michael Wacha limited the Indians to one run over five innings Thursday in a Cardinals victory.

Wacha was left with a no-decision because the Cardinals didn't take the lead until Matt Carpenter's two-run shot in the top of the eighth inning. Wacha walked two and surrendered five hits, but he struck out seven in the solid matinee performance. He'll carry a 5-0 record, 2.06 ERA, and 1.08 WHIP into his next start on the road against the Mets. The strikeouts are coming.
May 14 - 3:36 PM

Michael Wacha moved to 5-0 after allowing three runs (two earned) over six innings against the Pirates on Friday.

Wacha struck out one and didn't walk a batter. The Pirates knocked him for solitary runs in the first, third and sixth, but Wacha was able to minimize the damage. The quality start helped him move to 5-0 and he now holds a 2.09 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, plus a 19/8 K/BB ratio over 38 2/3 innings. Wacha will look to remain perfect when he goes on a road date with the Indians in his next start.
May 9 - 2:19 AM

Michael Wacha hurled 6 2/3 innings of scoreless ball Sunday in a no-decision against the Pirates.

Wacha gave up only five hits, and just one of those went for extra bases (a third-inning double by Gregory Polanco). The 23-year-old right-hander's strikeout rate has taken a tumble this year and he struck out only two Pittsburgh batters on Sunday afternoon at Busch Stadium, but the Bucs didn't manage much hard contact. Wacha, 23, boasts a 1.93 ERA in 32 2/3 innings this season. He gets the Pirates again next, this time on the road.
May 3 - 6:47 PM

Michael Wacha wasn't at his best but didn't need to be Tuesday, allowing four runs over 5 2/3 innings in a win over the Phillies.

Fortunately for Wacha, Severino Gonzalez' big league debut didn't go as planned and the Cardinals' offense provided him with an early four-run lead. He'd need the support, as he gave up six hits and two walks in the start. Wacha also struck out four and hit a batter. All's well that ends well, they say, and Wacha will carry a 4-0 record, 2.42 ERA and 1.04 WHIP into Sunday's divisional matchup with the Pirates.
Apr 29 - 12:07 AM

Michael Wacha pitched seven innings of one-run ball to beat the Nationals on Thursday.

Wacha has won all three of his starts, allowing exactly one run and five hits in each. The only difference between this and the previous two was that today's run didn't come on a solo homer.
Apr 23 - 6:44 PM

Michael Wacha improved to 3-0 after yielding just one run over seven innings versus the Nationals on Thursday.

The right-hander limited the Nationals to five hits and two walks while striking out six. The only run scored in the fifth inning when Denard Span plated Danny Espinosa with a single. Wacha has been unflappable over his first three starts, allowing three runs in total over 20 1/3 innings. He'll face one of baseball's worst offenses in his next outing when he takes on the Phillies at home next week.
Apr 23 - 6:40 PM

Michael Wacha fired seven innings of one-run ball in a 6-1 win over the Reds on Friday.

Wacha surrendered a solo homer to Joey Votto in the first inning, but held the Reds off the board the rest of the way. He allowed just five hits and one walk to go along with four strikeouts. The Cardinals put him in line for the win with a rally in the bottom of the seventh. Wacha has won each of his first two starts this season and owns a 1.35 ERA and 6/2 K/BB ratio over 13 1/3 innings. He has major upside if he can stay healthy.
Apr 18 - 12:26 AM

Michael Wacha earned a victory in his 2015 season debut on Saturday, limiting the Reds to one run on five hits over his 6 1/3 frames.

Wacha struck out a pair and walked one on the day, throwing just 76 pitches before manager Mike Matheny turned it over to the Cardinals bullpen. The only blemish on his day was a solo home run off the bat of Todd Frazier in the first inning. He'll look to replicate this effort in a rematch against Johnny Cueto and the Reds at home on Friday.
Apr 11 - 3:56 PM

Michael Wacha allowed two runs -- one earned -- in five innings Monday as the Cardinals beat the Nationals 6-2.

Wacha walked three today after entering the day with just one walk in 15 1/3 innings this spring, but it didn't hurt him overly much. He has a fine 1.77 ERA.
Mar 30 - 5:18 PM

Michael Wacha blanked the Nationals for 5 2/3 innings in the Cardinals' 1-0 win on Wednesday.

Wacha struck out four and walked one. There haven't been any red flags with his shoulder this spring, so while he's still a riskier pick than some, he rates as a top-30 SP for fantasy purposes. Right now, he possesses a 1.76 ERA and a 13/1 K/BB ratio through 15 1/3 innings.
Mar 25 - 6:01 PM

Michael Wacha yielded three runs in 4 2/3 innings Friday versus the Mets.

Wacha wasn't at his sharpest today, but his velocity seemed fine and he didn't walk anyone. If this is his worst outing of the spring, it'll have been a very good March for him.
Mar 20 - 4:15 PM

Michael Wacha pitched three scoreless innings Saturday versus the Twins.

Wacha allowed two hits, walked none and struck out two. He's pitched five scoreless innings and struck out six in his two spring starts to date.
Mar 14 - 4:23 PM

Michael Wacha struck out four in two perfect innings Monday against the Red Sox.

An excellent spring debut from Wacha, who was last seen taking the loss in relief of Game 5 of the NLCS against the Giants. There are still question marks about his shoulder after last year's stress reaction, but the talent is there for him to be one of the NL's better pitchers this year. We're rather optimistic about his chances.
Mar 9 - 3:48 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2Tony Cruz
3Ed Easley
1B1Matt Adams
2Mark Reynolds
2B1Kolten Wong
SS1Jhonny Peralta
2Pete Kozma
3B1Matt Carpenter
LF1Matt Holliday
CF1Jon Jay
2Peter Bourjos
3Thomas Pham
RF1Jason Heyward
2Randal Grichuk
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Lance Lynn
2John Lackey
3Michael Wacha
4Carlos Martinez
5Jaime Garcia
6Adam Wainwright
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Trevor Rosenthal
2Jordan Walden
3Seth Maness
4Matt Belisle
5Randy Choate
6Kevin Siegrist
7Carlos Villanueva
8Mitch Harris
9Miguel Socolovich