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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 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

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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

Michael Wacha wasn't at his best Tuesday but still earned the win, allowing five runs over five innings against the White Sox.

Wacha was actually pretty stingy, allowing just four hits, but two of them left the yard. On the other side, Wacha struck out eight while walking just two. Although he may not have deserved it, the Cardinals provided enough run support to help Wacha improve to 11-3 on the year. Wacha will take a 3.20 ERA and 1.10 WHIP into Sunday's start against the Braves.
Jul 22 - 12:02 AM

Michael Wacha pitched six innings and allowed five runs Wednesday versus the Cubs.

All was going pretty well for Wacha until Miguel Montero's three-run double turned a 4-2 lead into a 5-2 deficit. Wacha thought he already had Montero struck out in the at-bat, and Yadier Molina turned to argue with home plate umpire Pat Hoberg the moment that Montero launched his double to right-center. Molina and manager Mike Matheny both ended up getting ejected. Wacha stayed in to finish the sixth, but that was it for him. It's just the second time this year that he's given up five runs in a start.
Jul 8 - 11:24 PM

Michael Wacha continued to throw like one of the best pitchers in baseball on Friday, holding the Padres to just one run over seven innings in a 2-1 loss.

Wacha struck out six and walked just one. Only a Jedd Gyorko solo homer in the seventh inning prevented Wacha from the shutout. It also prevented him from picking up his 11th win of the year, as the homer tied the game at 1-1. With a 2.66 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and a 10-3 record, he's a near lock for the All-Star Game and should be in the Cy Young discussion at the end of the season assuming he stays healthy.
Jul 4 - 12:58 AM

Michael Wacha allowed six hits and one run over six innings in Saturday's win over the Cubs.

Wacha could have pitched deeper into the game but the Cardinals already had a comfortable lead. The lanky right-hander ranks second in the National League with ten wins and is eighth in ERA (2.77). He's been the best pitcher on the best team in baseball. He's a shoe-in for next month's All-Star Game in Cincinnati.
Jun 27 - 11:01 PM

Cardinals officials feel Michael Wacha can work more than 200 innings, per FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

Which is good news for his fantasy owners, who have watched Wacha flourish to the tune of a 2.85 ERA, 1.087 WHIP, and 69/20 K/BB ratio over 88 1/3 innings this season. Wacha was limited to 107 innings last summer due to a shoulder injury, but the 23-year-old right-hander has had no shoulder problems at all in 2015.
Source: FOX Sports
Jun 25 - 9:09 AM

Michael Wacha struggled and lost to the Phillies on Sunday, allowing five runs in five innings, missing out on winning his 10th game.

With the way the Phillies had been hitting, Wacha attaining win number 10 seemed like a foregone conclusion, but the Phillies were squaring him up quite well. The right-hander gave up eight hits and a walk while striking out seven. Wacha's stats remain impressive, as he'll carry a 2.85 ERA, a 1.09 WHIP, and a 69/20 K/BB ratio over 88 1/3 innings into a home start versus the Cubs.
Jun 21 - 4:40 PM

Michael Wacha was charged with two runs over 6 1/3 innings in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Twins.

He left after the second rain delay of the game and the second run scored after he was replaced by Seth Maness when play resumed. Wacha allowed just three hits in all while striking out five and walking just one. He's now up to nine wins on the year -- one behind Pittsburgh's Gerrit Cole for the MLB lead -- and owns a 2.48 ERA on the year. A favorable matchup against the Phillies awaits this weekend.
Jun 16 - 5:56 PM

Michael Wacha struck out 10 batters, but took the loss against the Rockies after yielding four runs in 6 2/3 innings on Tuesday.

Wacha faltered late, allowing two runs on a Nolan Arenado home run in the sixth inning. In the seventh, he allowed an RBI double with two outs before departing. Randy Choate allowed the inherited runner to score on a single. Overall, Wacha gave up nine hits and a walk (it was intentional) along with the 10 punch-outs. The right-hander still has impressive stats, owning an 8-2 record with a 2.45 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and a 57/18 K/BB ratio over 77 innings. He'll face the Twins at home in his next turn through the rotation.
Jun 10 - 1:01 AM

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C1Yadier Molina
2Tony Cruz
1B1Matt Adams
2Brandon Moss
3Mark Reynolds
2B1Kolten Wong
2Greg Garcia
SS1Jhonny Peralta
2Pete Kozma
3B1Matt Carpenter
LF1Matt Holliday
2Stephen Piscotty
CF1Randal Grichuk
2Jon Jay
3Peter Bourjos
4Tommy Pham
RF1Jason Heyward
DH1Brandon Moss
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S1Lance Lynn
2John Lackey
3Michael Wacha
4Carlos Martinez
5Jaime Garcia
6Adam Wainwright
Relief Pitcher
R1Trevor Rosenthal
2Jordan Walden
3Kevin Siegrist
4Steve Cishek
5Seth Maness
6Jonathan Broxton
7Matt Belisle
8Randy Choate
9Carlos Villanueva
10Sam Tuivailala