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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%: 97/74 | Average Draft Position: 92.21
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Cardinals' Michael Wacha loses for first time since June 21


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2015) Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha snapped a two-decision winning streak with his first loss since June 21, Sunday against Atlanta. 

Wacha dropped to 11-4, allowing three runs on five hits over six innings. He walked three and struck out five. 


Cardinals' Michael Wacha struggles, rides big lead to win


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/22/2015) Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha allowed five runs on four hits over five innings on Tuesday, but still came away with a win in the 8-5 victory over the White Sox.

Wacha walked two and struck out eight, needing an even 100 pitches to get through the fifth. Wacha (11-3) was given an big 7-0 lead after four innings, but the White Sox started chipping away. Wacha gave up two runs in the fourth, followed by a solo home run to Geovany Soto and a two-run shot to Tyler Saladino in the fifth.

Tuesday's outing lifted Wacha's ERA from 2.93 to 3.20, thanks to a 5.28 ERA over his last five starts.


Cardinals set upcoming starting rotation


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2015) The Cardinals will start pitcher Lance Lynn for Wednesday's game at the Chicago White Sox, reports MLB.com.

Lynn would then be followed by John Lackey for Thursday's contest against the Royals with Tim Cooney starting Friday's start against the Braves. The team will then turn to Carlos Martinez on Saturday and Michael Wacha on Sunday.


Cardinals tab Michael Wacha for Tuesday's start


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2015) With the Cardinals forced to use pitcher Carlos Martinez during Sunday's loss to the Mets, the team will turn to pitcher Michael Wacha to start Tuesday's game against the White Sox, reports Fox Sports.

"We were trying to stay away from Martinez, but it got to the point where it was not possible," manager Mike Matheny said.

Wacha is 10-3 with a 2.93 ERA in 17 starts this season. 


A.J. Burnett, Shelby Miller among NL All Stars not to pitch in game


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/15/2015) Five healthy National League pitchers didn't get into Tuesday's All Star Game:

A.J. Burnett, Pirates; Carlos Martinez, Cardinals; Shelby Miller, Braves; Jonathan Papelbon, Phillies; Michael Wacha, Cardinals

Every National League position player appeared in the game. 


Cardinals SP Michael Wacha battered for five runs by Cubs


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2015) The consistency that marked the first seven weeks of the season for Cardinals starter Michael Wacha is becoming a distant memory.

Wacha has since struggled at times. He suffered through arguably his worst start of the year Wednesday night against the Cubs at Wrigley Field, but emerged with a no-decision.

The right-hander surrendered five runs on seven hits in six innings with one walk and five strikeouts. His ERA now stands at a season-high 2.93.

Wacha pitched no-hit ball for three innings before a two-run fourth highlighted by a Kris Bryant triple ruined the shutout. Three singles and a three-run double by Miguel Montero in the sixth pretty much ruined his effort.

He has now given up 23 runs in his last 49 2/3 innings pitched. He is 3-3 during that stretch after opening the year 7-0.


NL All-Star reserves, pitchers and Final Vote candidates revealed


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2015) The National League All Star reserves and pitchers were announced on Monday evening, and there was no room for the reigning National League MVP.

Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw was not selected for the All Star team, although he's one of five candidates to take the final spot on the roster in the Final Vote. 

Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant made the team as an injury replacement for the Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton. Bryant is one of two rookies on the team, along with Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson

The Pirates sent two starting pitchers to the All Star team for the first time since 1960. MLB wins leader Gerrit Cole and fellow Pittsburgh starter A.J. Burnett will both be making their first appearance. 

National League reserves are:

Catchers: Yasmani Grandal, Dodgers; Yadier Molina, Cardinals
First basemen: Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers; Anthony Rizzo, Cubs
Second basemen: DJ LeMahieu, Rockies; Joe Panik, Giants
Third basemen: Nolan Arenado, Rockies; Kris Bryant, Cubs
Shortstop: Brandon Crawford, Giants
Outfielders: Andrew McCutchen, Pirates; Joc Pederson, Dodgers; A.J. Pollock, Diamondbacks; Justin Upton, Padres

National League pitchers are:

Madison Bumgarner, Giants; A.J. Burnett, Pirates; Aroldis Chapman, Reds; RHP: Gerrit Cole, Pirates; Jacob deGrom, Mets; Zack Greinke, Dodgers; Mark Melancon, Pirates; Shelby Miller, Braves; Jonathan Papelbon, Phillies; Francisco Rodriguez, Brewers; Trevor Rosenthal, Cardinals; Max Scherzer, Nationals; Michael Wacha, Cardinals

The five candidates for the Final Vote are:

Johnny Cueto, Reds; Jeurys Familia, Mets; Carlos Martinez, Cardinals; Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers; Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies


Cardinals' Michael Wacha allows one run in no-decision


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2015) Cardinals starter Michael Wacha allowed one run in a season-high seven innings, but he left with the game tied, settling for a no-decision against San Diego on Friday. 

Wacha has allowed one run in each of his last two starts, posting a 1.38 ERA over that span. He walked one and struck out six. He gave up a solo home run, his first homer allowed since June 9. 


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.