(BaseballStL) - Doesn't this sound familiar? Cards down a game in a playoff series. They need to win two games in a row to take that series and Michael Wacha is on the mound.
If it does that's because it just happened. Like...earlier this month. In Pittsburgh. Wacha completely dominated the Pirates for 7.1 innings on October 7th, coming dangerous close to no-hitting them in their own park. Now? The Cardinals find themselves down three games to two in the World Series to the Red Sox and once again turn to the 22-year old rookie from Texas A&M.
"I'm going to try and use the experience I got in Pittsburgh in an elimination game but I'm just going to go out there and try and win a ballgame really," Wacha said.
Red Sox fans tried to get into Wacha's head in Game 2 of this series when he pitched six solid innings, giving up just two runs, in helping the Cards win 4-2 at Fenway Park. Pirates’ fans attempted the same thing that breezy October day at PNC. But that kind of thing just fuels him.
"I mean I'd rather them be cheering for me," Wacha said. "But it's a little bit of an adrenaline (rush). I'm just looking forward to going out there and trying to get a win for our club."
And the fact he'll face Boston's hitters for the second time now creates a battle of adjustments on both ends.
"They've seen me. I've seen them," Wacha said. "So I just have to go out there and make pitches, just attack them and make effective pitches."
The Cardinals season depends on it.