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Michael Wacha | Starting Pitcher | #52

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (25) / 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 (shoulder) is expected to resume throwing within the next week.
Wacha is scheduled to undergo a followup MRI in early September to determine how hard he can push in his rehab. The 25-year-old right-hander was placed on the disabled list August 9 with a recurrence of the scapular issue that shut him down in 2014. There are serious lingering questions about his future. Aug 23 - 10:20 PM

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Cardinals GM John Mozeliak acknowledged Tuesday that Michael Wacha (shoulder) is experiencing a recurrence of the scapular issue that sidelined him in 2014.

Mozeliak said he's unsure whether the 25-year-old right-hander will be able to return this season and also admitted that Wacha's role as a 200-inning-per-year starter might have to be revisited this winter. It's been a sad fall from grace for the 2013 NLCS MVP. Top pitching prospect Luke Weaver will take over Wacha's rotation spot this weekend at Wrigley Field. St. Louis has also promoted top pitching prospect Alex Reyes.
Aug 9 - 5:12 PM

Cardinals placed RHP Michael Wacha on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.

Wacha was lit up for four runs over just five innings Monday by the lowly Reds, watching his season ERA rise to 4.45. He's had serious shoulder problems in the past and there is no current timetable for his return. Top prospect Alex Reyes is replacing him.
Aug 9 - 4:04 PM

Michael Wacha gave up four runs over just five innings but escaped with a no-decision in Monday's 5-4 comeback win over the Reds.

Wacha wasn't locating in this one, walking four batters against just three strikeouts to go along with six hits. The right-hander has mostly pitched well since the beginning of June, although he's gone just five frames in two straight and hasn't been getting many swings and misses of late. He has a tough matchup against the Cubs at Wrigley this weekend.
Aug 9 - 12:27 AM

Michael Wacha yielded two runs in five innings Wednesday in a victory over the Reds.

It's the Michael Wacha special; he's allowed two or three earned runs in eight straight outings, though he hasn't completed seven innings in any of those. Ironically, his one loss since June 1 came in his very best outing; he pitched 7 2/3 innings of one-run ball against the Rangers on June 17, but Texas prevailed 1-0. Wacha will take a 7-7 record and 4.35 ERA into a rematch with the Reds next week.
Aug 3 - 11:29 PM

Michael Wacha allowed three runs over six innings in Thursday's win over the Marlins.

It was an odd final line for Wacha, who surrendered just four hits without issuing a walk but struck out just two and exited after only 80 pitches. That was likely due in large part to the fact that the Marlins scored all three of their runs against him in the fifth inning, concerning manager Mike Matheny. Wacha improved to 6-7 with a 4.38 ERA and 1.40 WHIP with the win. He'll next take on the Reds in Cincinnati on Wednesday.
Jul 28 - 9:55 PM

Michael Wacha gave up two runs over six innings Friday in a no-decision against the Dodgers.

Wacha had the lead until he gave up a game-tying homer to Howie Kendrick in his final inning of work. He gave up 10 hits and walked a batter, so he’s fortunate his line didn't look worse. Still, it was an improvement after he was chased after just four innings last time out. Wacha owns a 4.37 ERA through 20 starts this season and will face the Marlins next time out.
Jul 23 - 1:03 AM

Michael Wacha was charged with three earned runs in just four innings Sunday in the Cardinals' loss to the Marlins.

Miami scored its first run on a Jeff Mathis bunt single in the top of the fourth inning and then Ichiro Suzuki walked to lead off the fifth inning followed by a Martin Prado ground-rule double and a Christian Yelich two-run single. Wacha was pulled at that point, having yielding seven total hits and two total walks. He struck out four. The young right-hander will carry a disappointing 4.45 ERA into his next start at home against the Dodgers.
Jul 17 - 5:22 PM

Michael Wacha indicated that he was fine late Friday after getting drilled in the heel by a ground ball in the seventh inning of Friday's start against the Brewers.

Wacha experienced immediate pain and numbness in the area after it happened, but felt fine shortly afterwards and doesn't think it'll be an issue moving forward. Before departing, he had allowed three runs on five hits over his 6 2/3 innings of work, all of the damage coming on solo home runs by Chris Carter (2) and Jonathan Lucroy.
Jul 9 - 8:41 AM

Michael Wacha limited the Brewers to two earned runs over five innings Sunday for his fifth win.

Wacha surrendered nine hits over just five frames, but he operated smoothly in situations that required damage control, racking up six strikeouts against one walk. We've seen better stuff over the last several weeks from Wacha, who now stands 5-7 with a 4.38 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, and 85/34 K/BB ratio in 98 2/3 innings this season. He'll face the Brewers again next time out.
Jul 3 - 8:27 PM

Michael Wacha fought to earn a quality start Tuesday, allowing four runs -- three earned -- on nine hits over six innings in a win over the Royals.

It wasn't Wacha's finest outing -- in fact, his nine hits allowed were the most in a start since his season debut against the Pirates -- but he managed to pick up his fourth win with the effort. Wacha did issue just one free pass while striking out four in the game. Despite running off four straight quality starts, we still haven't seen the kind of dominance expected from the 24-year-old, who owns a 4.42 ERA and 1.38 WHIP through 16 starts. A more favorable start Sunday against the Brewers could help his cause.
Jun 28 - 11:19 PM

Michael Wacha held the Cubs to two earned runs over 6 2/3 innings Wednesday in a Cardinals win.

He was able to out-duel Cubs ace Jake Arrieta as the Cardinals finished off a three-game sweep of their arch rival. Wacha struck out five and scattered two walks and three hits over his 6 2/3 solid frames. He's been really good the last three outings and should be plugged back into fantasy lineups. Up next is a road start against the Royals.
Jun 22 - 5:42 PM

Michael Wacha lost despite holding the Rangers to one run in 7 2/3 innings on Friday.

Wacha looks like he might have turned the corner in his last twice starts, but he still hasn't won since April, as the Cardinals were shut out tonight. It's the third time they've been shutout when he's pitched.
Jun 17 - 11:40 PM

Michael Wacha hurled seven strong innings against the Pirates on Friday night, allowing only two runs on three hits to go with five strikeouts and three walks but did not get a decision.

Wacha got his ERA back below the 5.00 barrier and now sits at 2-6 with a 4.91 ERA and 1.45 WHIP. Compare that to last year's 17-7 record with a 3.38 ERA and 1.21 WHIP. His peripherals show he was a little bit lucky last year and a little bit unlucky this year, so his true talent level lies somewhere in the middle.
Jun 11 - 1:09 AM

Michael Wacha surrendered four earned runs over five innings Saturday in a no-decision versus the Giants.

Wacha was bailed out by the St. Louis offense, which went off for four home runs (and six runs total) against Giants starter Jeff Samardzija. Wacha walked two and gave up six hits, again struggling with his overall command. He carries a disappointing 5.16 ERA into his next start on the road against the Pirates.
Jun 4 - 9:54 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2Brayan Peña
3Alberto Rosario
1B1Brandon Moss
2Matt Adams
2B1Matt Carpenter
2Kolten Wong
3Jedd Gyorko
SS1Aledmys Diaz
3B1Jhonny Peralta
2Greg Garcia
LF1Matt Holliday
CF1Tommy Pham
2Randal Grichuk
3Jeremy Hazelbaker
RF1Stephen Piscotty
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Adam Wainwright
2Michael Wacha
3Carlos Martinez
4Jaime Garcia
5Mike Leake
6Luke Weaver
7Lance Lynn
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Seung Hwan Oh
2Kevin Siegrist
3Trevor Rosenthal
4Zach Duke
5Jonathan Broxton
6Tyler Lyons
7Matt Bowman
8Seth Maness
9Jerome Williams
10Alex Reyes
11Jordan Walden
12Mitch Harris
13Sam Tuivailala