With Michael Wacha slated to start this Thursday’s game for the St. Louis Cardinals, I thought it would be a good time to break down the right hander. The game used for this breakdown comes from his start against Omaha (Kansas City Royals affiliate) on May 5th.
Wacha has a lean, athletic frame. He uses a clean delivery that he repeats well. It’s not a power-based delivery, but his tempo is solid and he establishes good rhythm from the wind-up. I do feel he rushes at times out of the stretch in an attempt to be quick to the plate, resulting in his pitches sailing. Despite control that is a little worse, hitters perform worse overall against him with runners on base…so no big deal.
Wacha’s strength is his ability to locate his fastball. He can move it up and down, in and out of the strike zone. He works both sides of the plate, placing it on the corners. He’ll work inside to hitters because he has confidence in his ability to locate his pitch.
A red flag for me is the lack of strikeouts so far this season. He’s striking out only about 16% of all batters faced, though the sample size is admittedly small.
He doesn’t miss…
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