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Michael Wacha | Starting Pitcher

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (22) / 7/1/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Texas A&M
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Michael Wacha took the loss Friday after giving up three runs -- one earned -- over seven innings against the Nationals.
The Nationals pulled ahead in the bottom of the seventh inning after Wacha threw a wild pitch and Yadier Molina made a throwing error. Rough way to lose. Wacha gave up five hits (including a solo home run) and no walks while fanning seven batters. The 22-year-old owns a 1.73 ERA and 25/3 K/BB ratio in 26 innings across his first four starts, so he has been worthy of the hype early on. Apr 18 - 10:01 PM

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Michael Wacha struck out eight batters over 6 1/3 innings Sunday in the Cardinals' 6-4 win over the Cubs.

Wacha served up a two-run homer to Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo in the top of the first inning but settled in after that, yielding just one more run the rest of the way. His velocity has been down in his last two starts, but the crafty young right-hander is still missing bats with great regularity and will try to keep it rolling next time out against the Nationals. Wacha is 2-0 with a 1.89 ERA on the year.
Apr 13 - 6:14 PM

Michael Wacha limited the Reds to one run over six innings in a 5-3 victory Monday.

Wacha's stuff wasn't as electric as it was in his first outing, but he still gave up just seven hits and one walk while striking out three, requiring just 82 pitches to cover the six frames. The young right-hander has now yielded just the one run over 14 2/3 innings to start the season. He'll try to keep it going this weekend against the Cubs.
Apr 7 - 8:47 PM

Michael Wacha tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings in a no-decision against the Reds on Wednesday.

Wacha struck out seven, walked just one, and yielded only four hits in the impressive outing that followed a three-hour rain delay. The Reds wound up winning in the bottom of the ninth inning on a walkoff RBI single from Chris Heisey. Wacha, 22, has thrown 16 2/3 scoreless innings, fanning 17 batters, in his young career against division-rival Cincinnati. He will face the Reds again next week in the Cardinals' home opener.
Apr 3 - 12:37 AM

Michael Wacha allowed one run in five innings and struck out six against the Marlins on Thursday.

Wacha will carry a 1.77 ERA and a 23/4 K/BB ratio in 20 1/3 innings into the regular season with him. He'll fact the Reds in his first regular-season start.
Mar 27 - 4:29 PM

Michael Wacha is scheduled to start the Cardinals' second regular-season game against the Reds.

That also sets him up to start the Cards' home opener on April 7. Wacha was a breakout star at the end of the 2013 season and has been dominant this spring in the Grapefruit League. He can be a fantasy ace in 2014.
Mar 24 - 10:54 AM

Michael Wacha pitched seven innings of two-run ball and struck out eight in beating the Astros on Saturday.

A huge disappointment: he allowed more earned runs today than he had in eight previous career spring outings combined! Well, maybe not that huge. He's probably still OK to draft and all that.
Mar 22 - 4:13 PM

Michael Wacha cruised through 3 2/3 scoreless innings against the Astros on Friday, striking out five in the Cardinals' 6-4 win.

Wacha walked none and all three hits he allowed were singles. He's given up one run in 8 1/3 innings this spring.
Mar 14 - 4:59 PM

Michael Wacha pitched three innings of one-run ball Saturday in a 4-4 tie between the Cardinals and Nationals.

Wacha allowed two hits, walked one and struck out three. Last year, he was the talk of the Grapefruit League with his breakthrough performance. This year, he'll be a permanent member of the St. Louis rotation, and there's no reason he can't be one of the 10 or 15 best pitchers in the NL.
Mar 8 - 5:14 PM

Michael Wacha was credited with the win after pitching 1 2/3 scoreless innings as the Cardinals beat the Mets 7-1 on Sunday.

Wacha walked a couple of batters and thus wasn't able to finish two innings as scheduled. The Cardinals ended up combining on a four-hitter on the day, with nine strikeouts.
Mar 2 - 4:16 PM

The Cardinals don't plan to have a specific innings limit for Michael Wacha this season.

The Cardinals arranged Wacha's workload last year so that he could be available for the postseason, but he ended up logging 180 1/3 innings between the majors and the minors. There's always the chance that the Cardinals could give Wacha a rest if he shows signs of fatigue, but it's reasonable to expect him to reach 200 innings if there are no issues. "I don't see any reason why there is the buzz about the workload," said Cardinals pitching coach Derek Lilliquist. "He had 170 innings last year. You can think he could be a 200-inning guy this year. At the end of the day we need some guys who can give us 200 innings."
Feb 25 - 9:07 AM

Michael Wacha lasted just 3 2/3 innings, allowing six runs on five hits and four walks in a World Series-ending loss to the Red Sox on Wednesday.

It was a bad time for Wacha to have his first real clunker of the postseason. After allowing just three runs over his first 27 innings spanning four starts, Wacha allowed three on one swing when Shane Victorino mashed a bases-loaded double off the green monster in the third inning. Wacha would escape the inning without further damage, but Stephen Drew ripped a leadoff home run and Jacoby Ellsbury followed with a one-out double. Wacha would last just two more batters, one of those being an intentional walk to David Ortiz, and reliever Lance Lynn would allow both inherited runs to score. It was a night to forget for the 22-year-old, something easier said than done with an entire offseason ahead of him.
Wed, Oct 30, 2013 11:27:00 PM

Michael Wacha held the Red Sox to two runs across six innings in Thursday's 4-2 victory in Game 2 of the World Series.

Wacha was spotless through the first five frames, but the Red Sox got his pitch count up and finally broke through when David Ortiz took him deep over the Green Monster in the sixth. The youngster allowed just three hits but walked a career-high four, as his control wasn't as pristine as it has been. Still, overall it was another mighty impressive showing for Wacha. The Cards will send Joe Kelly to the hill versus Jake Peavy on Saturday in St. Louis.
Fri, Oct 25, 2013 12:01:00 AM

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny confirmed Tuesday that Michael Wacha will start Game 2 of the World Series against the Red Sox.

That was the expectation, but it's now official. Wacha has allowed just one run in 23 innings of work this postseason and won the NLCS MVP. The Red Sox haven't named their starter for Game 2, but John Lackey is expected to get the call.
Tue, Oct 22, 2013 03:48:00 PM

Michael Wacha stepped up and delivered another outstanding performance as the Cardinals defeated the Dodgers in Game 6 of the NLCS on Friday, allowing just two hits over seven scoreless innings to pitch the Cardinals into the World Series.

The 22-year-old right-hander was named NLCS MVP for his sheer dominance in two victories over the Dodgers, allowing just seven hits over 13 2/3 shutout innings while fanning 13, outdueling Clayton Kershaw in both starts. Wacha has been one of the best pitchers in all of baseball this postseason, going 3-0 with a scintillating 0.43 ERA, 0.57 WHIP and 22/4 K/BB ratio over 21 innings of work. He’ll presumably start Game 2 of the World Series after Adam Wainwright goes in Game 1, giving the Cardinals an extremely formidable 1-2 punch atop the rotation. That would mean Wacha gets the ball on Thursday, the only thing left to determine is whether that start will come in Boston or in Detroit.
Fri, Oct 18, 2013 11:53:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2Tony Cruz
1B1Matt Adams
2B1Kolten Wong
2Mark Ellis
3Daniel Descalso
SS1Jhonny Peralta
3B1Matt Carpenter
LF1Matt Holliday
CF1Peter Bourjos
2Jon Jay
3Shane Robinson
RF1Allen Craig
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Adam Wainwright
2Michael Wacha
3Shelby Miller
4Lance Lynn
5Joe Kelly
6Jaime Garcia
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Trevor Rosenthal
2Carlos Martinez
3Jason Motte
4Kevin Siegrist
5Randy Choate
6Seth Maness
7Pat Neshek
8Eric Fornataro
9Jorge Rondon