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Wacha mania hits new level as rookie pitches Cards past Kershaw

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By Elizabeth Eisele By Elizabeth Eisele

(BaseballSTL) -- Ya know, if he keeps doing this for much longer, there’s going to be a giant Michael Wacha statue outside Busch Stadium before long. 

Since giving up 12 hits against the Rockies in Colorado on September 19th, the rookie out of Texas A&M has gone 22 and two-thirds innings over three starts while giving up one run on seven hits.  He’s struck out just five in that span while striking out 26.


The latest is a dominant 6.2 inning route of the Dodgers in Game 2 of the NLCS, enough to beat Clayton Kershaw and give the Cardinals a 2-0 series lead.

“Unbelievable. To be able to pitch the way he pitched today and he put himself in a couple jams and be able to get out, that was incredible,” Carlos Beltran said.

“Any time you’re going up against a guy like Clayton Kershaw you don’t expect even the best offenses to score a lot of runs,” Wacha said. “I tried not to pay too much attention to that and try to go out there and throw up zeroes.”

Remember, Wacha was the 19th overall pick in the 2012 draft.  That means 18 other teams passed on him before the Cardinals snatched him up.

“He’s becoming a guy a lot of teams wish they had drafted and I think that’s a good sign,” David Freese said.

It’s also at times like this when you think about how good Wacha can be in the future if he is dominating already at such a young age (22).

“The ceiling is as high as he wants to go,” Chris Carpenter said. “It’s going to depend on health and if he’s willing to learn.  He’s got some guys, especially like Adam Wainwright, who are the leader to show him how to go about it.”


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