Originally posted on The Cardinal Nation blog  |  Last updated 10/19/13
As St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha threw seven shutout innings at the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday night, allowing just two hits and a walk, while striking out five, he not only helped eliminate the Dodgers, he put his name in the record books as well. Among Wacha’s milestones, according to the Elias Sports Bureau: The right-hander became the first rookie to record two scoreless starts in a single postseason series in major-league history. Wacha, who turned 22 on July 1, is the second youngest NLCS MVP winner ever after Steve Avery in 1991 (21.5 years old). Wacha became the first rookie to start and win an NLCS clinching game since Fernando Valenzuela in 1981. He was the third rookie starter ever to win two games in the NLCS, joining Tim Wakefield (1992) and Tim Belcher (1988). Wacha is the third rookie to win a LCS MVP award, joining Livan Hernandez (1997 Marlins) and Mike Boddicker (1983 Orioles). Not bad for a guy who: Was pitching in college 16 months a...
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