Adam Wainwright may be starting Game 1 of the World Series, but the St. Louis Cardinals’ best pitcher this postseason has been Michael Wacha, who has allowed just one run on nine hits in his last four starts – a span of nearly 30 innings.
“I wouldn’t say (I’m) the ace,” Wacha, the NLCS MVP, said on The Doug Gottlieb Show. “We got one of those in Wainwright. Maybe in a couple years or so I might be able to be dubbed something along those lines.”
A couple years? How about a couple of weeks?
Wacha’s transition has been something to marvel at. In his penultimate start of the regular season, the 22-year-old allowed four runs on 12 hits in 4 and 2/3 innings in Colorado.
“I was just leaving a lot of balls up in the zone, and they were putting good swings on them and got a lot of base hits off me,” Wacha said of the Rockies. “I just had to battle with really not-good stuff (that night).”
After that night, Wacha focused on making good pitches down in the zone, and since then, he’s been virtually untouchable.
“Ever since then, it’s been working out pretty well,” he said.