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Michael Wacha

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Cardinals | Another loss for Michael Wacha

Sun, 29 May 2016 14:50:19 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals SP Michael Wacha suffered his sixth straight loss Sunday, May 29, as the Cardinals fell, 10-2, to the Washington Nationals. He was unable to complete more than four innings in any of his three previous starts while allowing 20 earned runs combined.

Fantasy Tip: The alarm bells are going off on Wacha. The team hasn't indicated whether anything is wrong, but this is not the same Wacha who dazzled fans a couple years ago. He may be worth keeping in deeper-format leagues where you can afford to bench players, but Wacha isn't worth consideration in DFS or shallow formats.

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Cardinals | Mechanical issues plaguing Michael Wacha?

Thu, 26 May 2016 12:19:25 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals SP Michael Wacha has always had mechanical concerns dealing with his high arm angle during his delivery, but the Pirates don't expect him to change his mechanics because of his past shoulder issues. Wacha continues to have an extreme angle but continued to have success after his injury and in 2013. He's also learning to pitch this year without his best stuff.

Fantasy Tip: Wacha's delivery is tough to replicate, and it appears he's having trouble repeating the success he had with the same delivery back in 2013. His career-high 3.6 walks per nine innings reflects that point, and his 5.04 ERA in 10 starts has his owners worried. It could just take a slight tweak for Wacha to regain consistency and provide better results, though, so practice patience with him and consider benching him for now based on the matchups.

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Cardinals | Michael Wacha struggles vs. Chicago

Tue, 24 May 2016 20:24:41 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals SP Michael Wacha allowed a career-worst eight runs on eight hits in four innings against the Chicago Cubs Tuesday, May 24, to suffer his fifth loss of the season.

Fantasy Tip: Wacha has allowed 14 runs in his last two starts and has not pitched more than four innings in any of his last three starts. He is scheduled to face the Washington Nationals in his next start, so owners may want to look for other options to use until Wacha improves.

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Cardinals | Michael Wacha struggles

Sat, 14 May 2016 07:40:27 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals SP Michael Wacha allowed six runs on eight hits in four innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, May 13, to suffer his fourth loss of the season.

Fantasy Tip: Wacha has allowed 11 runs in 18 innings this month but still has a decent 3.23 ERA this season. He is scheduled to face the Colorado Rockies in his next start and should still be a decent option in most fantasy leagues.

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Cardinals | Michael Wacha brilliant in loss

Tue, 03 May 2016 23:31:03 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals SP Michael Wacha allowed one run on five hits and three walks while fanning eight in eight innings during his loss to the Philadelphia Phillies Tuesday, May 3.

Fantasy Tip: Wacha is 2-2 with a 2.65 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. The WHIP is a little high as he has been hit a little bit more, but Wacha is a solid option in DFS after the elite tiers.

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Cardinals | Michael Wacha has solid outing

Sun, 17 Apr 2016 15:06:53 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals SP Michael Wacha allowed three runs, one of which was earned, and seven hits in six innings Sunday, April 17. He did not get the decision as the Cardinals won 4-3 in the final innings.

Fantasy Tip: Wacha is off to a strong start in 2016, and he just had a bit of hard luck in this game. Keep him in your fantasy lineup.

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Cardinals | Michael Wacha churns out nice outing

Mon, 11 Apr 2016 17:33:41 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals SP Michael Wacha picked up his first win of the season Monday, April 11, against the Milwaukee Brewers. He registered six shutout innings, issuing four hits, one walk and striking out seven.

Fantasy Tip: There's the bounce-back performance owners were seeking from Wacha after his troubling start to the season last week in Pittsburgh. Wacha has generally been very steady throughout his first three years in the league, and there's been no indication he would suddenly stray away from that track record. He's worth plugging into starting lineups in just about all formats.

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Cardinals | Michael Wacha struggles in first start

Tue, 05 Apr 2016 21:00:18 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals SP Michael Wacha struggled with his curveball in his first start Tuesday, April 5, against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He allowed five runs - four earned - and 10 hits with a walk and three strikeouts over 4 1/3 innings in a no-decision.

Fantasy Tip: It was an ugly fantasy line for Wacha and his owners, but there will certainly be better days. He is 2-0 with a 5.87 ERA in four career appearances (three starts) against the Milwaukee Brewers, the team he is scheduled to face next time out.

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Cardinals | Michael Wacha struggles again

Sat, 19 Mar 2016 13:37:19 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals SP Michael Wacha surrendered three runs - including a pair of homers - on seven hits over four innings in an exhibition loss to the Boston Red Sox on Saturday, March 19.

Fantasy Tip: Before owners panic over his 7.88 ERA, Wacha has been working on a cut fastball this spring. The 24-year-old tired down the stretch last year, but he is certainly capable of building upon his 17-7 record and 3.38 ERA from a season ago if he is successful in adding the cutter to his repertoire. Owners should consider him a solid No. 2 starter in fantasy.

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Cardinals | Michael Wacha to throw cutter more

Tue, 08 Mar 2016 16:53:42 -0800

St. Louis Cardinals SP Michael Wacha has been told to throw more cutters. Although it might not lead to as many strikeouts, it could lead him to quicker outs and more innings in the long run. Wacha had a 7.88 ERA and his strikeout rate dropped and his walk right skyrocketed in September to close out the year. Wacha is believed to be on board with the changes after throwing his cutter 13% of the time in 2015. He considers the pitch a "work in progress."

Fantasy Tip: If not for fatigue late last year, Wacha would have had a much better campaign. A more efficient version of himself would be very valuable to fantasy owners, but his strikeout questions could be compounded. That's why Wacha is much better as a No. 2 fantasy pitcher.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: ESPN.com - Mark Saxon