NL Central: Burning Questions for Each Team

St. Louis Cardinals – Wacha Wacha?

If you rewind to the 2013 postseason, Michael Wacha was so good, he became only the second player to earn the right to be called Pedro’s daddy. In the first three starts of his postseason career, Wacha went 21 innings and gave up only one run, good for a microscopic 0.43 ERA. Of course, Wacha fell back to earth in the World Series, but for a 21 year old rookie, it was an auspicious debut.

Wacha’s postseason success set unfair expectations for his first full season in the bigs. Wacha picked up where he left off the previous fall, but was felled by a stress reaction in his pitching shoulder in June. When he returned in September, his effectiveness was diminished, possibly due to a change in his delivery to favor his sore shoulder.

When right, one of Wacha’s biggest weapons is his downward moving fastball.  At 94-95 mph with downward tilt, Wacha’s fastball is borderline untouchable, especially when combined with his 85 mph changeup. He achieves this downward tilt with very high reaching arm action. If his arm becomes flatter, so does his fastball. Wacha has looked very good this spring, and by all accounts, is healthy.  Look for Wacha to return to the form he flashed in 2013, and become a true 1A to Adam Wainwright‘s 1.

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