The story of Michael Wacha has been an incredible one. He has come along from relative obscurity as a young arm in the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system to be the star of the postseason. Wacha has given up a combined six hits and one run in 14 innings while striking out 17.
His accomplishments include out dueling Cy Young candidate Clayton Kershaw to put the Cards up 2-0 in the NLCS and previously keeping them in the series against the Pittsburgh Pirates with a masterful performance.
He looks to be the Cardinals ace of the future. What makes this all the more mind blowing is that Wacha was called up pretty late in the season pitching only 64 innings of regular season baseball as a rookie before being thrown into the fire as a starting pitcher in the biggest games of his young career. He has handled the pressure unlike any young pitcher I have seen in a long time.
Wacha, at 22 years of age, will take the mound for a potential series clinching game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night. Is there anyone else the Cardinals would want on the mound to clinch a series at this point? My guess is no. Wacha has been simply dominant all postseason. In an October where the headlines have been filled with how brilliant Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer have been Wacha is quietly going about his business and mowing down every batter he faces.
The Cardinals hope that continues Friday night, and if it does they will be going back to their second World Series in three years.