Wacha gives Redbirds third consecutive quality start
ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL13: Starter Michael Wacha #52 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches against the Chicago Cubs in the first inning at Busch Stadium on April 13, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) By Dilip Vishwanat
(BaseballStL) – For his third consecutive start, Michael Wacha battled not only hitters but the rain as well to give the Cardinals another quality start.
In Wacha’s previous two starts, in Cincinnati and last week at Busch, the 22-year-old right hander had to deal with interruptions caused by the rain. Yet, the rain hasn’t diminished his ability to keep hitters at bay with a .214 batting average against and a 1.89 earned run average over 19.0 innings.
“He’s got a good idea, on a day like today, what he’s got to work with and he’s just trying to keep it sharp,” said manager Mike Matheny, “The other deal, you’ve got people telling that you’re not even going to play and you’re trying to convince yourself that you’ve got to stay steady and sharp.”
“Michael just kind of stayed loose. Michael looked good when he came back out.”
Wacha threw 16 first pitch strikes to the 26 batters he faced. After the 46 minute rain delay, Wacha came out to pitch 2.1 more innings giving up one run, but Matheny said he thought Wacha was better after the delay.
“I thought his change-up was better after we had the break. The curveball was an effective pitch today that he used in multiple situations,” Matheny said, “The fastball, he looked good with. It was a good mix.”