|2014 Season (CBSSports.com)||190.00||13.00||9.00||0.00||3.46||1.20||196.00||59.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs LHB|| 51.2||0||0|| 2.96||0||19||40|
|vs RHB|| 55.1||0||0|| 3.42||0||14||54|
|Last 10 Games|
MRI on Michael Wacha's shoulder comes back clean
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
|(10/21/14) An MRI on the injured shoulder of Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha came back clean, MLB.com reports.
Wacha has been dealing with a stress reaction in his right shoulder, but he is expected to follow his normal offseason program. "Even the doctors were a little surprised on how that looked," general manager John Mozeliak said.
Matheny: Michael Wacha relegated to extra-innings role
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
|(10/13/14) Cardinals manager Mike Matheny indicated Sunday that pitcher Michael Wacha is set to be used in an extra-innings role if needed, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
"Michael gives us definitely some flexibility, and we can use him in a different role, but right now that’s pretty valuable to us knowing that we can be quick (to other relievers), like we were," Matheny said. "It leaves a huge need in case we come back and tie the game."
Wacha missed more than two months during the regular season due to a stress reaction in his right shoulder. He didn't warm up while Game 1 starter Adam Wainwright struggled in the middle innings, and he didn't begin to warm up during the team's Game 2 win until the game appeared it would head into extra innings before Kolten Wong smacked a walkoff home run. Wacha could end up not logging any innings this postseason if the team remains committed to saving him for a potential extra-innings scenario.
Michael Wacha not working with his best changeup
|by Al Melchior | Data Analyst|
|(9/23/14) Michael Wacha recovered well enough from Saturday's start against the Reds to get another turn in the rotation, as the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that he will face the Diamondbacks this weekend.
However, in the three starts Wacha has made since returning from time missed due to a stress fracture in his right shoulder, he has not had his usual success in employing his changeup. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny acknowledged that Wacha is having to rely on his other offerings, telling the Post-Dispatch, "For him to be able to try to pitch without what is normally his No. 1 weapon and hold a team down like he did takes some adjustment. He’s getting better."
According to BrooksBaseball.net, Wacha got swings-and-misses on 16.9 percent of his changeups in 15 starts prior to his disabled list stint. In the three starts since, he has induced only one whiff out of 21 changeups (4.8 percent).
Michael Wacha fails to go five innings Saturday
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
|(9/20/14) Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha failed to go five innings Saturday against the Reds.
Wacha allowed two runs on six hits over 4 2/3 innings. He struck out one and did not issue any walks during the outing. Wacha got off to a solid start, tossing three scoreless innings to open the game. He gave up his first run in the fourth inning. After a leadoff single advanced to second on a wild pitch, Brandon Phillips managed to knock the run home with a single. A leadoff single again came around to score in the fifth inning after Kristopher Negron doubled. Wacha was replaced after giving up the hit.
Wacha didn’t go five innings, so he wasn’t eligible for the win. He picked up a no-decision, and will take on the D-Backs in his next start.
|2014 summary: Michael Wacha picked up where he left off as a rookie in 2013, continuing to dazzle the baseball world with a 2.79 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 8.3 strikeouts per nine innings in 15 starts through mid-July. But that's when a stress reaction in his right shoulder completely derailed him, limiting him to just four tuneup starts late in the year that apparently didn't win over the Cardinals, judging by the way they used him in the postseason. In his only appearance, he served up a walk-off home run to Travis Ishikawa in the deciding game of the NLCS.|
Playing time status: Wacha's shoulder has checked out this offseason, and the Cardinals already have him penciled into their starting rotation. Still, the abbreviated season for a pitcher who already had innings limitations should give you some pause in Fantasy.
2015 outlook: Because Wacha came back throwing just as hard -- or harder, actually -- as before the injury, more likely than not he's past it and should look more like himself after having the offseason to get back into a normal routine. Among the many high-profile sophomore pitchers entering 2014, he was looking like maybe the greatest success story before the injury, so you wouldn't want to discount his upside. Even with the risk, he's worth drafting among the top 40 starting pitchers.
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= probable start