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52 Michael Wacha SP
Height/Weight: 6-6/210 | Birthdate: 7/1/1991 | Birthplace: Iowa City, IA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: St. Louis | College: None | MLB Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 98/83 | Average Draft Position: 92.11
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Cardinals SP Michael Wacha cruises to easy win Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2015) Cardinals standout starter Michael Wacha doesn't generally require much run support to win. But what the heck - his offense gave him plenty anyway Saturday against the Cubs.

The game started out taut, but St. Louis scored four in the fourth and four more in the fifth to allow Wacha to cruise to his 10th victory, which is tied for second in the majors.

The onslaught allowed Wacha to depart after six inning and 91 pitches. He allowed one run on six hits with two walks and five strikeouts. He actually fell behind 1-0 on an RBI single by opposing pitcher Donn Roach in the second inning.

The fine outing continued a period of inconsistency for Wacha, who has traded excellent outings with mediocre ones over the past month.


Michael Wacha gets shelled in Cardinals' loss


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2015) Cardinals starter Michael Wacha dropped to 9-3 with a loss to Philadelphia on Sunday. 

"I guess you could think of [the good starts], but right now it stinks pretty good and you definitely don't want to experience this feeling too many times," Wacha said, per MLB.com.

Wacha gave up five runs, his most since September 9 of last season, on eight hits over five innings. He walked one and struck out seven. Wacha also made a fielding error, his second of the season. 

"It was one of those days," manager Mike Matheny said. "He, at times, would find the feel for it. And he was having trouble early on establishing the strike zone with his fastball low. He was getting into hitters counts and having to challenge and they were finding the good part of the bat."

Wacha's next start will be Friday against the Cubs. 


Cardinals SP Michael Wacha nabs ninth win on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/16/2015) Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha was solid through 6 1/3 innings on Tuesday, as he picked up his ninth win of the season. Wacha limited the Twins to two runs on three hits, while walking one and striking out five.

Wacha gave up a run in the first inning, but settled in from there. He then surrendered a second run in the seventh, before a 47-minute rain delay forced him from the game after throwing just 86 pitches on the afternoon.

He has now alternated wins and losses over his last four starts, but still sports a very fine 9-2 record and a 2.48 ERA.

He'll look to keep it up in his next start, scheduled for Sunday in Philadelphia.


Cardinals' Michael Wacha strikes out 10 in loss


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2015) Cardinals starter Michael Wacha struck out a season-high 10 batters in 6 2/3 innings. He gave up four runs on nine hits in Tuesday's loss to Colorado. 

Wacha walked one and gave up a home run as his record dropped to 8-2. His next start is Monday, against Minnesota. 


Cardinals' Michael Wacha hurls seven one-run innings Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/5/2015) Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha earned a win on Thursday, giving up just one earned run on seven hits in seven innings while striking out five and walking none in his team's 7-1 victory over the Dodgers.

Wacha (8-1) took his first loss of the season in his previous outing, but he bounced back nicely on Thursday. He limited the potent Dodgers offense to just a run-scoring sacrifice fly in the sixth inning.

Wacha owns a 2.18 ERA and 47:17 K:BB ratio in 70 1/3 innings. He's in line to face the Rockies in Colorado on Tuesday.


One bad inning dooms Cardinals SP Michael Wacha on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/31/2015) Cardinals starter Michael Wacha was dominant, up until the sixth inning in Saturday's start against the Dodgers. Through the first five innings, Wacha was tossing no-hit baseball.

But, Justin Turner led off the sixth with a double and scored on an RBI-single by Howie Kendrick two batters later. Yasmani Grandal capped off the big inning with a three-run home run to put the Dodgers on top 4-1. The Dodgers would go on to win by a score of 5-1.

Overall, Wacha went 5 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on three hits. He walked three and struck out seven, increasing his ERA to 2.27. Wacha did have to warm up on two separate occasions before the game began, as the start of the game was delayed more than two hours due to rain.

He'll look to get back in the win column in his next start, scheduled for Thursday in a re-match with the Dodgers in Los Angeles.


Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha moves to 7-0 in win on Sunday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha allowed one run, unearned, on five hits in seven innings of work in Sunday's 6-1 win over the Royals.

Wacha cruised throughout his start, expect for one issue in the fifth. Alex Gordon was able to reach safely on a throwing error and advanced to second base. Salvador Perez then singled him home for Kansas City's only run of the game. Wacha, now 7-0, recorded four strikeouts with two walks in the contest. 

"I missed with a couple of fastballs in," Wacha said to MLB.com. "I knew I didn't want to go 3-0 on him, so I just had to try and paint the inside corner. Luckily, I got it in there enough."

Wacha will look to keep things rolling Saturday against the Dodgers.

"We continue to watch him improve," manager Mike Matheny said. "We've watched Michael be very special in some big situations as a young pitcher. As he has been able to add confidence and add pitches ... we're watching him take advantage. We just want to keep him moving in a positive direction and thinking about what's the next step."


Cardinals not concerned yet about Michael Wacha's innings


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha is scheduled to take the hill again on Sunday against the Royals, his ninth start of the season. Wacha has already logged 50 1/3 innings of work, something the team wants to monitor very closely throughout the season, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

"It's probably something to look at later," said Matheny. "Right now, we don't want him to be concerned with that stuff. And I don't think right now is the time to conserve. I seems like this game shows you when it’s time to conserve.

"We'll monitor his workload as much as possible but when he's throwing the ball well and he feels as good as he does, we need to take advantage of it. But we have some parameters in sight of where we’d like to keep him at."

Wacha, 6-0, has a 2.13 ERA with 31 strikeouts so far this season. 


Cardinals SP Michael Wacha joins Colon, Felix with six wins


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha improved to 6-0 during a 10-2 rout of the Mets on Tuesday, joining Bartolo Colon and Felix Hernandez as the only pitchers in the majors with six wins.

The right-hander allowed two runs on four hits and two walks in seven innings. He struck out five. His only real blemish of the game was allowing a two-run homer to Daniel Murphy in the fourth inning.

Wacha has allowed more than two earned runs just once in eight starts.

"I think he's a better pitcher," manager Mike Matheny said, per MLB.com. "I think he was a guy like a lot of the young pitchers we bring up who was a two-pitch pitcher with a real good fastball and a changeup. The curveball is a legitimate pitch now, and so is the cutter.

"He's improved. I think he's just getting a better idea of how to use his stuff each night, and he's adjusting real well. [Catcher] Yadi [Molina] is a great help, too, to figure out what's good that day and ride it out."


Cardinals RHP Michael Wacha performs well against Indians


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) Cardinals stud starter Michael Wacha pitched like one Thursday in Cleveland. But he didn't pitch like one for long enough.

The Indians used patience at the plate to make Wacha throw 105 pitches in five-plus innings, after which he was removed in a no-decision.

Wacha worked out of jams to keep the Indians down to one run on five hits. He walked two and struck out seven. He allowed a home run to Michael Brantley and double to Brandon Moss to start the sixth, forcing his removal.

He was saved from his first defeat when his team took the lead in the eighth.

Wacha will try to raise his record to 6-0 and lower a fine 2.06 ERA next Tuesday against the host Mets.


Cardinals mull six-man rotation, prefer Garcia to Gonzales


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) The Cardinals are considering moving to a six-man rotation to help battle the loss of ace Adam Wainwright, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

"It’s not something we would rule out," general manager John Mozeliak said Saturday. "It’s something we’ve talked about, but we haven’t decided if that’s the best option for us. It’s something I think a lot about, and I know (manager) Mike (Matheny) and (pitching coach Derek Lilliquist) do too. It’s on the table."

With Michael Wacha and Carlos Martinez not being ticketed for 200-inning seasons, the team is considering whether to roll out a six-man rotation or to go with a five-man rotation and periodically skip starts of the two younger pitchers while giving others spot starts in their place. However, a six-man rotation could throw off the routines of Lance Lynn and John Lackey. If the team does opt for a five-man rotation, Jaime Garcia is the preferred long-term option over Marco Gonzales.

"If Jaime is good to go, we’ll try to find a spot in the rotation for him," Mozeliak said. "When he’s been healthy, Jaime has been a very good pitcher."

Garcia is set to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Memphis Sunday.


Cardinals P Michael Wacha is now 5-0 after strong outing Friday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2015) Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha earned his fifth win of the season during Friday's 8-5 win over the Pirates.

Wacha allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits over six innings of work. He also struck out one batter and walked none.

Wacha is now 5-0 with a 2.09 ERA on the season. He has not allowed more than four runs in any of his six starts this season. His next scheduled start is expected to be Thursday at Cleveland.


Cardinals' Michael Wacha tosses 6 2/3 scoreless innings vs. Pirates


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha didn't factor into the decision Sunday, giving up just five hits and two walks in 6 2/3 scoreless innings while striking out two in his team's 3-2 win in 14 innings.

Wacha had his first rough outing of the year in his last start but was still able to pull out a win, and he then bounced back with his first scoreless performance of the season Sunday. He gave up a leadoff single in the seventh inning but was able to record back-to-back outs on a sacrifice and flyout before coming out of the game with 100 pitches to his credit, though he was unable to win his fifth straight start to open the year after the Pirates tied the game in the ninth inning.

Wacha owns a 1.93 ERA and 18:8 K:BB ratio in 32 2/3 innings. He'll square off with the Pirates in Pittsburgh Friday.

Cardinals SP Michael Wacha starts the year 4-0


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Cardinals starter Michael Wacha was not at his best, but did enough to come away with his fourth win of the season Tuesday night at home against Philadelphia.

Wacha (4-0) allowed a run-scoring double to Odubel Herrera and a run-scoring single to Chase Utley in the third inning before allowing another pair of runs to score in the fifth inning. He permitted four runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four over 5 2/3 innings of an 11-5 victory.

Wacha owns a 2.42 ERA, a 1.04 WHIP and 16 strikeouts over 26 innings in four starts to start the season. He will look to go after win No. 5 vs. Pittsburgh on Sunday.


Cardinals' Michael Wacha adds new pitches to repertoire


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) Cardinals starter Michael Wacha has added two pitches to his repertoire to help keep opposing batters guessing this season. 

Wacha has been throwing a curveball with more frequency this year. Manager Mike Matheny calls the pitch "nasty", per MLB.com. He also has a cutter that he's throwing more often than his changeup.

"It keeps something in the back of their head that I might be throwing it," Wacha said of the cutter. "I've got confidence in every pitch, and I've had confidence in them. It's just about being able to throw them for strikes and then expanding the zone with those pitches as well. I'm just trying to keep them off balance." 


Cardinals' Michael Wacha improves to 3-0 with win over Nats


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha only allowed one run in Thursday’s 4-1 victory over the Nationals.

Wacha had a superb game, keeping Nationals batters to just five hits in seven innings. He struck out six batters and only walked two. Wacha’s ERA is now at 1.33 for the season.

"He's just becoming a more versatile pitcher and that makes him less predictable," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said, via MLB.com. "I think that's what takes a young pitcher to the next level."

Wacha is now 3-0 this season. 

Wacha’s next projected start is on April 28 against the Phillies.


Cardinals SP Michael Wacha earns second win of season Friday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha tossed seven solid innings of work to pick up his second win of the season during Friday's 6-1 win over the Reds.

"Anytime you're going up against a guy like Cueto, you know you're going to have to match zeroes with him," Wacha said, per MLB.com. "That was the mentality going into it."

Over the seven innings, Wacha surrendered five hits and one run, while walking one and striking out four. His lone blemish was a solo home run to Joey Votto.

Despite coming into the game with a 1.42 ERA, Wacha was able to lower it to 1.35. Wacha has yet to allow more than one run in his first two starts of the season and is 2-0. 

His next expected start will be Thursday at Washington.


Cardinals' Michael Wacha has good history against Reds


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) When Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha takes the hill Friday night against the Reds, it will be his seventh career start against the NL Central foe. It is the opponent he has faced the most thus far in his young MLB career. 

Wacha has had pretty good success against Cincinnati as well. He is 2-1 with a 2.15 ERA and 1.12 WHIP in seven career outings (six starts). He went 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA in four starts against Cincinnati last season, and beat the Reds in his season debut Saturday (one ER in 6 1/3 innings).

The right-hander has allowed two or fewer runs in five of his six starts against the Reds.


Cardinals' Michael Wacha earns win vs. Reds


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha picked up a win in his season debut Saturday, giving up one earned run on five hits and one walk in 6 1/3 innings while striking out two in his team's 4-1 win over the Reds.

"He was good right off the bat," manager Mike Matheny said of Wacha. "He was working the bottom of the zone, and we were surprised at how good his curveball was. It has always been a good pitch for him, but he didn't have confidence in it. Now that he sees results, he'll trust it and use it."

Wacha surrendered a home run to Todd Frazier in the first inning but buckled down after that, coming out of the game after walking the second batter of the seventh inning. He'll face the Reds again Friday.


Cardinals plan to limit innings for Michael Wacha, Carlos Martinez


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Since Michael Wacha had shoulder problems in 2014 and Carlos Martinez has never thrown more than 150 innings in his career, the Cardinals are expecting to limit both starting pitchers at some point this season, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

“We have some numbers in mind, but not early on,” manager Mike Matheny said. “I think you’ve got to wait and see where things are leading. If they’re throwing high volume, we’ll worry about that down the road, and we can use the All-Star break or we can use some of our off days to change things. This isn’t something where we need to start holding them back now. I don’t think that’s a great idea. But we don’t need to push.”

Martinez has never thrown more than 120 1/3 innings in one season. General manager John Mozeliak indicated Martinez might be limited to around 150 innings this season.

“Getting in that range would be a fair question," he said.


Cubs, Cardinals postponed Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2015) Tuesday's game between the Cubs and Cardinals has been postponed due to the forecast of rain and sub-freezing wind chills throughout the evening, the Cubs announced.

A makeup date for Tuesday's postponement has yet to be scheduled, but it is likely to come in July or September rather than this week. Jake Arrieta and Lance Lynn were the scheduled starters for Tuesday's matchup.

Lynn has been named the starter for Wednesday's series finale against the Cubs. The Cardinals will keep the rotation in line moving forward, with John Lackey, Michael Wacha and Carlos Martinez on tap to face the Reds this weekend. Adam Wainwright is now scheduled to take the mound for the team's home opener Monday against the Brewers.


Cardinals finalize rotation plans for start of season


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) The Cardinals announced Wednesday starting pitcher Lance Lynn will start the second game of the season on April 7 against the Cubs. It was already previously announced Adam Wainwright would start the season opener Sunday against the Cubs.

John Lackey will then finish out the Chicago series April 8. Michael Wacha will open a three-game series April 10 at Cincinnati, and he will be followed by Carlos Martinez before the rotation resets. 

Lynn is on track to start the home opener on April 13 against the Brewers.


Cardinals' Michael Wacha wins in final Grapefruit League start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha earned his first victory this spring during Monday's 6-2 win over the Nationals. Wacha (1-0) allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits and three walks, while striking out three.

Wacha, who made his final Grapefruit League start, posted a 1.77 ERA in five spring starts. He also had 16 strikeouts to four walks in 20 1/3 innings.


Cardinals' Wacha tosses 5 2/3 scoreless innings Wednesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha tossed 5 2/3 scoreless innings Wednesday and was engaged in quite the pitcher's duel with Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer, who struck out nine over six scoreless innings.

Wacha allowed four hits and one walk, while striking out four. He lowered his spring ERA to 1.76 in his fourth spring start.

"I was happy with it," Wacha said of his performance. "[I'm] just continuing to go out there and working on the pitches and strikes, fastball command, down in the zone. Hopefully, I'm on the right track going forward from here."


Cardinals P Michael Wacha pleased with latest outing


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha was pleased with his latest performance despite getting scored on for the first time this spring.

"I felt really good," he said after being charged with three runs in 4 2/3 innings. "I was real happy with the way the ball was coming out of the hand and the command on my pitches. I was able to throw it pretty much where I wanted to for most of the day. Each time out, [I] just continue to work on the command and control of all my pitches and continue to work down in the zone."

After spending two months on the disabled list, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny is encouraged by his progress.

"I don't look at him as anything but a healthy pitcher trying to get ready for the season," the manager said. "Last year ended exactly how we planned it, in that at midseason, he had something come up and we had to back off. That was just being extra precautionary so we could have him ready for spring this year.

"It was a very smart move on the organization's part. The medical staff and the front office wanted to be extra cautious. That was all in preparation for now and apparently it's proven that that was a good thing."

Prior to being scored on Saturday in a 5-4 loss to the Mets, Wacha had allowed just two hits in five innings.