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Wacha settles down to earn his first spring win

JUPITER, Fla. -- Michael Wacha won his first game of the spring as the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Washington Nationals 6-2 on Monday afternoon. Wacha allowed two runs (one earned) in five innings. Both runs scored in the first three innings, when Wacha surrendered all five hits and two of his three walks for the day. He struck out three batters. Reliever Carlos Villanueva,...
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Cards ready for Wacha to stand alongside Wainwright at top of rotation

ST. LOUIS -- Michael Wacha was the NL Championship Series MVP as a rookie but just 5-6 with a 3.20 ERA in 19 starts for the St. Louis Cardinals last year. He was sidelined for most of the season's second half by a stress reaction in his shoulder, and was rusty in October before giving up Travis Ishikawa's series-winning homer in Game 5 of the NLCS. Now he feels healthy. "It's very...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Wacha rebound among questions for Cardinals

ST. LOUIS (AP) The Cardinals hope Michael Wacha is ready to stand alongside ace Adam Wainwright at the top of their rotation. Wacha was the NL Championship Series MVP as a rookie but just 5-6 with a 3.20 ERA in 19 starts last year. He was sidelined for most of the season's second half by a stress reaction in his shoulder, and was rusty in October before giving up Travis Ishikawa...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals Recap: Wacha Shuts Down Nationals

Good afternoon from The Ark,The Cards beat the Washington Nationals 1-0 this afternoon on their home field, and while it was a spring training contest that practically vanishes as the box scoreboard is cleared off in the outfield stands, there were reasons to take stock in it. For one, the season is getting closer so the rosters are being trimmed and positioned to head north. The...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Buffa’s Bullets: Michael Wacha Stays Strong

Appreciating spring training is about recognizing the little things. A pitcher perfecting a slider or a hitter cranking a long ball off a right handed pitcher. It’s not about wins, losses or baseball card stats. This is where the arm chair managers can relax and just watch the games. They don’t mean anything and exist as filler before the real action begins. Let’s run down...
Via Cardinals Farm
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Wacha Wows, Lyons Loses

Once again, Mike Matheny sent out Michael Wacha with a long layoff between game action.  This time, it went much better. Obviously, there’s no comparison between a pitcher’s first spring training game and being called on with the season on the line after not pitching for a month.  Still, it was very good to see Wacha not only healthy [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Michael Wacha Passes First Test of Spring

When I think of spring training for starting pitchers, I think of fragile arms walking across a minefield. Stretching out their arm slowly without stepping on a bomb and blowing everything up. It’s not about pitching well in the spring for most pitchers. It’s about staying healthy, loosening up and getting ready for the 33 start/162 game stretch sitting in front of them. The...
Via Cardinals Farm
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Monday Mailbag: Expectations For Michael Wacha

Greetings folks,I am here to help you kick the dust off the legs and start the work week off right. Taking a cue from fellow Farm writer Chase Probert, I am going to take a stab at the mailbag this morning. A little question and answer session for your morning stretch. A couple of times over the past week, I asked Cards fans on Twitter what their lingering questions were as the team...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Why The St. Louis Cardinals need Cole Hamels

As the St. Louis Cardinals gear up for yet another run at the World Series, it seems as though they are missing one critical piece to compete with other National League powerhouses: A legitimate number two option. The Los Angeles Dodgers have Zach Greinke, The San Francisco Giants have Matt Cain, and the Washington Nationals have an entire rotation of number one or two starters....
February 25, 2015  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals: 3 up and 3 down

St. Louis Cardinals: 3 up and 3 downNearly the entire 2013 season, all the way up until the fourth game of the World Series, everything was fine for the St. Louis Cardinals. There were setbacks during the season, mostly injuries, but the Cardinals had an answer for just about every one of them. But the Cards finished the season on a losing streak, dropping the final three games of...
March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

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