There were likely very few doubters of St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha going into game six of the NLCS but possibly a few more who thought his luck would run out against Clayton Kershaw. Those people, including yours truly, were dead wrong. Wacha went out and completely dominated the biggest game of his career to date with an awesome outing that made his young legend grow. He kind of looks like Adam Wainwright with the beard but he may be even better than Wainwright on the mound.
With a strong fastball, good curveball and dominating change-up, Wacha isn’t going to disappoint anyone anytime soon if appearances are to be believed. He seemingly steps up higher and performs better with each start he has. The next start he will have will put that to the test even more however and it figures to possibly be one of the first couple of games of the World Series. The way I see it now, after I wrongly suggested he would run out of good starts, there is only one way this goes bad.
Kershaw’s bad outing can be traced back to arm fatigue thanks in part to his enormous number of innings. Wacha only has thrown a grand total of a little over 163 innings this year across all professional leagues. For a rookie that still is getting up there kind of high but since he only has a maximum of two starts left, he figures to be very solid for the next biggest starts of his life. Of course whether or not the American League champ will have a better plan against him remains to be seen, but I will throw my hat in the ring and say that Wacha will be ready to go. I was apparently wrong to doubt him.