(BaseballSTL) -- Michael Wacha has been nothing short of spectacular in his last two starts. He’s pitched a total of 16 innings and given up just two hits and one run. He had the near no hitter in his last regular season start against Washington, and then took a no-no into the 8th inning in the NLDS against Pittsburgh.
He may need to be that good again to beat the Dodgers in Game 2 of the NLCS with Clayton Kershaw (18-9, 1.83 ERA) set to pitch for Los Angeles.
Wacha has made 10 starts this year but has not yet faced the Dodgers. He said he would prefer to pitch against a team he’s familiar with.
“I’d sometimes like to see a team a couple of times. Then you’d know if they struggle against a certain pitch or not,” said Wacha, “But I’m going to be able to watch a little video of them. I’ll talk to our guys, and see how it goes.”
Wacha’s only 23-years-old and spent most of this season in the minor leagues, but now finds himself under the glaring national spotlight of starting Game 2 of the NLDS. He said it’s a situation he loves.
“Definitely,” said Wacha. “I think any pitcher on our team in that situation would want the ball in his hands. I’m not different. I think that’s the competitor in every single pitcher on this staff. They want the ball in big time situations.”
As impressive as he’s been in his brief time in the majors, the Cardinals want the ball in Wacha’s hands as often as possible.