Michael Wacha made in major league debut for the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday and it couldn’t have gone much better for the young right-hander. He pitched seven innings and allowed just two hits no walks and one earned run while striking out six against the Kansas City Royals. Unfortunately, Mitchell Boggs blew the save and Wacha’s first win will have to wait for some other day.
Wacha comes to the Cardinals with a boatload of expectations. The 21 year old was a first round pick in last year’s draft, the 19th player taken overall. At AAA Memphis this season he was 4-0 with a 2.05 earned run average. His walks and hits per innings pitched was an amazing 0.949. Those numbers look bloated compared to the stats he put up in three minor league stops last season. He had a 0.86 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 21 innings pitched.
The addition of Wacha makes an already-incredible starting staff that much more dangerous. The highest ERA currently in the rotation belongs to Lance Lynn at 2.91. Every time a pitcher goes down the Cardinals have an answer. First it was Tyler Lyons, who is 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA in two starts, and now it is Wacha. With this many talented young pitchers, you can add Shelby Miller to that list as well, the Cardinals will be a tough team for several years to come.
Now we just need to arrange to have The Muppets resident jokester Fozzie Bear in the booth one day so he can say Wacha, Wacha.