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Cardinals | Michael Wacha not walking hitters

Wed, 25 Mar 2015 15:41:23 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals SP Michael Wacha admitted that he is happy about his lack of walks this spring. He issued his first walk Wednesday, March 25, after opening with 13 2/3 walk-free innings in spring training. "That's been one of the things coming into spring training -- filling up the zone, and not just with strikes, but with quality strikes," Wacha said. "I've been pretty happy with my ability to throw strikes so far this spring. I'm just going to continue to work on it and continue to pound the zone."

Fantasy Tip: Wacha could be an X-factor for fantasy baseball rosters in 2015. A new pitch could make him more effective at inducing swings and misses, too, and if he keeps his free passes down, look out. Wacha is a strong option as a No. 2 fantasy starter this year.

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Cardinals | Another tidy outing from Michael Wacha

Sun, 15 Mar 2015 05:04:18 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals SP Michael Wacha (shoulder) scattered two singles across three scoreless inning Saturday, March 14. He struck out two batters, and manager Mike Matheny said he has not worried about Wacha "one time" this spring.

Fantasy Tip: No one in the organization is worried about Wacha's health, so fantasy owners should hone in on the 23-year-old starter with confidence in the middle rounds. He had 83 strikeouts with a 2.79 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP through his first 90 1/3 innings pitched last season before his shoulder acted up on him. At this point, it appears he is no more likely to suffer an injury than any other starter, which could open up serious profit potential in the middle rounds of drafts.

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Cardinals | Michael Wacha fares well in debut

Mon, 09 Mar 2015 14:42:29 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals SP Michael Wacha (shoulder) made his first start of the spring Monday, March 9. He retired all six batters he faced with four swinging strikeouts.

Fantasy Tip: Entering just his age-23 season and with a clean bill of health, Wacha is in line for an excellent 2015 season. He was a popular pick in drafts last season, and his injury-interrupted 2014 year might drive his draft stock well into profit territory this spring. Keep in mind, he did have five wins and 83 strikeouts with a 2.79 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP through his first 90 1/3 innings pitched last season.

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Cardinals | New pitch for Michael Wacha?

Fri, 13 Feb 2015 11:25:06 -0800

St. Louis Cardinals SP Michael Wacha has a new curve that he throws harder than his normal hump-backed curve, and it includes a higher spin. His release point for the new curve is more extended than in the past, and he's been able to work on consistent release points for all of his pitches this offseason. "That is a testament to his offseason," pitching coach Derek Lilliquist said. "It's clear the work he's done."

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Cardinals | Michael Wacha progressing nicely

Fri, 13 Feb 2015 11:24:31 -0800

St. Louis Cardinals SP Michael Wacha (shoulder) threw his fifth bullpen session of the spring Friday, Feb. 13, and he was snapping off tight curves. "I definitely wanted to come into spring training ready to go," Wacha said after his workout. "Obviously, I'm not going full-out bullpen right there. I was real happy with the way the ball was coming out. The way the pitches were looking and coming along. There's still a bunch of work left. It's definitely making good progress." Wacha dealt with a stress fracture in his right shoulder last season. He hasn't had any unusual lack of flexibility or pain this offseason, but the Cardinals plan to ease him in this spring. Wacha will be on a normal throwing program, but the schedule gives the team flexibility if they want to give him more rest.

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Cardinals | Michael Wacha to have normal offseason

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:11:30 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals SP Michael Wacha (shoulder) underwent an MRI exam that came back clean last Friday. Wacha is expected to have a normal offseason program after dealing with a stress reaction in his right shoulder.

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Cardinals | Michael Wacha struggles in relief

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 20:37:28 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals SP Michael Wacha took the loss in Game 5 of the NLCS Thursday, Oct. 16, allowing three runs on two hits in 2/3 of an inning in a relief appearance.

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Cardinals | NLDS rotation announced

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 11:00:42 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals SP Adam Wainwright will start Game 1 of the National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, followed by SPs Lance Lynn, John Lackey and Shelby Miller. SP Michael Wacha will work out of the bullpen.

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Cardinals | Michael Wacha to start Saturday

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:09:58 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals SP Michael Wacha (shoulder) is scheduled to start against the Cincinnati Reds Saturday, Sept. 20. Wacha has a 7.71 ERA in two starts (seven innings) this month. He did enough to convince the team he was ready to return in his bullpen session Wednesday, Sept. 17.

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Cardinals | No timetable on Michael Wacha

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 07:57:27 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals SP Michael Wacha (scapula) recovered well from an intensive bullpen session Sunday, Sept. 14, and will throw another Wednesday, Sept. 17. The team will determine later in the week if he's fit to return to game action, but there is no timetable for his return. Wacha could start, relieve or not pitch at all this season. The team has suggested that starting is less taxing for Wacha than pitching in relief.

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