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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...
Via Cardinals Farm
1 day 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....
Via isportsweb.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

What if Jaime Garcia Is Healthy?

I want to take a moment and use my platform here at Cardinals Farm to indulge in my own personal fantasy. If you will, suspend your disbelief and imagine that the Cardinals’ pitching staff has made it all the way through spring training without an injury.That’s right: in our fantasy world the throwing arms of Adam Wainwright, Michael Wacha, John Lackey, Lance Lynn, Carlos Martinez...
Via Cardinals Farm
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals starting pitchers 'set the tone' with early wakeup call

JUPITER, Fla. – Michael Wacha was late for work Sunday morning. Well, not technically late, but late according to a new routine introduced by Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright -- and late enough that pitching coach Derek Lilliquist noticed Wacha speeding to the team’s training complex on Military Trail, a nearby road. Wacha arrived at 6:17 a.m. “Oh,” Lilliquist told him later...
Via Fox Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals' starting pitchers 'set the tone' with early wake-up call

  Michael Wacha was late for work Sunday morning. Well, not technically late, but late according to a new routine introduced by Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright — and late enough that pitching coach Derek Lilliquist noticed Wacha speeding to the team’s training complex on Military Trail, a nearby road. Wacha arrived at 6:17 a.m. “Oh,” Lilliquist told him later, “that was...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Wacha holds key that could turn Cardinals rotation from good to great

ST. LOUIS -- Matt Holliday needs to hit more than 20 homers, Adam Wainwright needs to win 20 games and Trevor Rosenthal needs to cut the 45 walks by about half. Matt Adams needs to hit more than 15 homers, Lance Lynn needs to pitch more than 200 innings and Jordan Walden needs to make the Cardinals forget about Pat Neshek. And Yadier Molina needs to stay healthy, Jon Jay needs a...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals plan to limit Wainwright's workload for spring

JUPITER, Fla. -- The St. Louis Cardinals intend to limit Adam Wainwright's workload during the spring and perhaps into the season, something their ace isn't completely confident should be a goal. Wainwright averaged 222 innings the past three seasons. He went 20-9 last year, then had surgery to remove torn cartilage from his right elbow after St. Louis was eliminated by the Giants...
Via AP on Fox
10 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals: Believing in Carlos Martinez

Cardinal Nation has made plenty of noise this offseason about the need for a starting pitcher. When news broke that Cole Hamels, David Price, and hometown kid Max Scherzer were on the block with a price tag hanging off their pitching hands, twitter heated up a cold winter and threw a few logs on the fire around the Hot Stove. Set in stone were four rotation members for the St. Louis...
Via Cardinals Farm
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Chilly start for Cardinals as pitchers and catchers report

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) For the St. Louis Cardinals, the start of spring training happens to coincide with the coldest day of winter in Florida. Pitchers and catchers reported Thursday in 50-degree weather. The Cardinals are beginning preparations for a run at a fifth consecutive playoff berth, and a dozen pitchers played catch in the chill before the first formal team workout Friday...
Via AP on Fox
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Pitcher’s Spotlight: St. Louis Cardinals’ Michael Wacha

Today officially marks the start of the 2015 Major League Baseball season. With a handful of teams opening camps today with their pitchers and catchers reporting, each week here at Baseball Essential we will spotlight one pitcher throughout the season. Pitchers are often the backbone of a club, and the old adage is that pitching and defense ultimately win championships. Over the...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals: 5 Potential Breakout Candidates to Watch in Spring Training

The St. Louis Cardinals enter spring training as a perennial playoff contender. The team has found success building from within and making smart choices outside of the organization. They enter the 2015 season with very few question marks on their roster. That’s not to say that some players will not have the ability to incite some excitement over the next six weeks. There are numerous...
Via i70baseball
12 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals: Michael Wacha Isn’t An Ace Yet

Good morning ladies and gents,As I digest the worst ending in Super Bowl history, allow me to fill Cardinal Nation in on a small fact with spring training short 18 days away. Michael Wacha isn’t an ace yet. Before June of 2014, he wasn’t an ace. This has to be noted because all winter I have heard about Wacha being called a co-ace to Adam Wainwright in the Cardinals Rotation...
Via Cardinals Farm
29 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 MLB Draft Preview: College RHP

From the more serene:Wacha is exactly the kind of unexciting yet oh-so-valuable player that fans hate to see their teams select. It’s not because he’s bad, or because there’s anything wrong with the strategy. It’s just not…sexy. He kind of is what he’s going to be, at least mostly, and finished products leave so little room for dreaming.To the more insane: The Cardinals’...
Via Cardinals Farm
January 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Cardinals' pitching staff offers optimistic outlook in advance of 2015 season

ST. LOUIS -- If the season opened today, the Cardinals' would boast a healthy pitching staff. At least, that's the indication coming from the Cardinals Winter Warm-Up this weekend. Checklist, please: Staff ace Adam Wainwright, who underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair cartilage in his right elbow shortly after the season, has started his throwing program right on schedule.  So...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
January 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Cardinals' Wacha is not concerned about shoulder

  After undergoing yet another MRI exam on top of countless X-rays and CT scans, Michael Wacha joked that if there were many more medical tests in his immediate future his body might start to glow. The right-hander, a top-of-the-rotation talent when healthy, is the St. Louis Cardinals' biggest offseason question mark on the pitching staff because of unknowns that come with an unusual...
Via AP on Fox
January 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Cardinals' Wacha has no concerns about shoulder

ST. LOUIS (AP) After undergoing yet another MRI exam on top of countless X-rays and CT scans, Michael Wacha joked that if there were many more medical tests in his immediate future his body might start to glow. The right-hander, a top-of-the-rotation talent when healthy, is the St. Louis Cardinals' biggest offseason question mark on the pitching staff because of unknowns that come...
Via AP on Fox
January 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Player Profile #196: Michael Wacha | SP | STL

Fantasy owners love speculating on prospects. If given the choice of drafting Michael Wacha or, say, Ian Kennedy, both of whom are borderline top 50 starters, which would you choose? My guess is you picked Wacha. And you wouldn’t necessarily be wrong. Though most of Wacha’s 2014 season was forgettable due to a stress reaction that left him a little off, to the point where his...
Via Baseball Professor
December 10, 2014  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals Top Prospect Countdown: Prospects 6-10

As we get back to the countdown and reach the top 10, we find 4 pitchers, one who is no longer with the organization, and a hitter. I decided to keep Tyrell Jenkins in to give my thoughts on his departure from the organization. 10. Luke Weaver, 21 Weaver was the third consecutive college pitcher taken with the Cardinals first pick in the draft. He follows Michael Wacha in 2012 and...
Via Cardinals Farm
November 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Wacha, Cards can't stop Giants

  Michael Wacha finally got to pitch in this year's playoffs. Pretty soon, he was gone -- and so are the St. Louis Cardinals now. Manager Mike Matheny opened himself up to second-guessing all winter, bringing in Wacha for the first time this postseason and putting him on the mound in the bottom of the ninth inning with Game 5 of NL Championship Series tied. Travis Ishikawa wrecked...
Via AP on Fox
October 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals Rumors: Matheny claims Michael Wacha is an "extra inning reliever"

St. Louis Cardinals right-handed pitcher Michael Wacha was the MVP of last year's NLCS, but this year he's sitting in the bullpen designated by manager Mike Matheny as the "extra inning reliever," reports Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Wacha, who went 5-6 in 19 starts (ERA 3.20) during the regular season, has yet to make a postseason appearance.In his first full...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
October 14, 2014  |  Discuss

St Louis Cardinals: NLCS preview vs Giants

The St. Louis Cardinals are in their 4th straight NLCS, further proving their dominance over the national league. They will take on a familiar foe in the Giants, a team that knocked them out of the playoffs in 2012 in a 7-game NLCS. There is no denying either team’s presence here, with the Cardinals defeating Clayton Kershaw twice and the Giants picking apart the NL-best (based...
Via isportsweb.com
October 10, 2014  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals should keep Michael Wacha in dugout for playoffs

As they’ve tried to survive a full-on attack by the Pittsburgh Pirates to take away their lead in the National League Central Division, the St. Louis Cardinals have spent a significant portion of their time trying to get starting pitcher Michael Wacha back to his dominant form after two-and-a-half months on the disabled list. And it simply isn’t working. Wacha went five innings...
Via i70baseball
October 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Wacha flirts with disaster, Matheny stays calm and Cardinals carry on

The way Michael Wacha struggled in the first two innings against the Diamondbacks Friday night, his latest comeback start looked like it might be over in a hurry. He walked three, allowed four hits, threw 50 pitches and was fortunate to give up only two runs. Nobody could have faulted manager Mike Matheny if he had pulled Wacha when his turn in the batting order led off the top of...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
September 27, 2014  |  Discuss

For Wacha to deal, his changeup needs to change back

In what has become the biggest game of their pennant race, the Cardinals are starting a pitcher who is coming back from injury on what is a spring-training-like work schedule. Not exactly the ideal formula for success, is it? Sure, the Cardinals can hope the Michael Wacha who takes the mound in Phoenix on Friday night will pitch as he did last October. They also realize the odds...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
September 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Reds look to take advantage of struggling Wacha

Outstanding pitching has the St. Louis Cardinals inching closer to another trip to the postseason, but Michael Wacha's shoulder could derail his involvement. Wacha attempts to shake off his recent troubles in his first start in 11 days and lead the Cardinals to another home victory over the skidding Cincinnati Reds on Saturday night. St. Louis (86-68) is atop the NL Central by 2...
Via AP on Fox
September 20, 2014  |  Discuss
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