Originally written on Fox Sports Midwest  |  Last updated 10/24/13
Michael Wacha and John Lackey have taken much different paths to the Fenway Park mound for Thursday night's Game 2 of the World Series, but the magnitude of the moment isn't lost on either of them. Wacha, the 22-year-old St. Louis Cardinals' rookie, may not be in this position had it not been for beloved superstar Albert Pujols bolting for the Los Angeles Angels following the team's championship in 2011. The Cardinals, who used their compensation draft pick to select Wacha, couldn't be more impressed with how he's handled the postseason pressure -- and the fanfare that's come along with his success. Wacha (3-0, 0.43 ERA) has a 0.30 ERA while winning his last four starts dating back to his final outing of the regular season, when he was one out away from a no-hitter against Washington. The right-hander took a no-hitter into the eighth of a 2-1 Game 4 win over Pittsburgh with the Cardinals on the brink of elimination in the Division Series and tossed 6 23 innings of a 1-0 victory o...
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