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Michael Wacha delivers a pitch in a game against the Braves on Aug. 22.
Stats: 1-0, 3.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R/ER, HR, BB, 5 SO
Michael Wacha made four starts for the Cardinals this season, going 1-0 with a 4.459 ERA. Over his 22.2 innings pitched as a starter, Wacha yielded 11 earned runs off 22 hits, walked seven and fanned 18.
However, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny has found a new role for his young right-hander. On Aug. 13, Wacha was inserted into the bullpen as a reliever, where Matheny can utilize him as a late-inning stopper.
“I just think he’s throwing the ball as good as anybody we’ve got,” Matheny said, courtesy of the Post-Dispatch. “So we want to go with our best right now.”
Instead of using Wacha as a starter in a rather crowded rotation full of young arms, Wacha has been used late in games as another option along with Seth Maness and Trevor Rosenthal.
“That’s really what we’re talking about is the versatility to use him in different roles to get different guys days off, yes,” Matheny said, according to the Post-Dispatch. “But we’re still putting together what that back end looks like on a consistent basis.”
So far, so good for Wacha in his new role.
In three appearances last week, Wacha was 1-0 in 3.2 innings of work in which he allowed just three earned runs.