16 Facts About Michael Wacha

1. Michael Wacha was born in Iowa City, Iowa, to Tom and Karen Wacha as the second of four children.

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2. When Michael Wacha was three years old, his family moved from Iowa City to Texarkana, Texas.

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3. Michael Wacha was a two-time all-state selection; he was selected to the all-state first-team and all-state tournament team.

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4. Excelling academically, Michael Wacha was a member of the National Honor Society; in basketball, Michael Wacha earned first-team academic all-state honors.

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5. Michael Wacha pitched in the Big 12 Championship, NCAA College Station Regional, and College World Series at the end of his sophomore year.

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6. Michael Wacha lost the chance for a win in the ninth, when Mitchell Boggs relieved and gave up a tying home run to the first batter he faced.

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7. Michael Wacha started one game against the Chicago Cubs before being moved to the bullpen.

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8. Michael Wacha became the 17th-youngest pitcher overall to win a World Series game and the second-youngest in Cardinals history behind only Paul Dean.

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9. Michael Wacha was guaranteed a regular post in the rotation at the outset of the 2014 season, and his first two starts came against the Reds.

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10. Michael Wacha was selected to his first All-Star Game, played at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

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11. In 2017, Michael Wacha stayed healthy the entire season and tied a career high in starts with 30.

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12. On June 3, 2018, against the Pirates, Michael Wacha took a no-hitter through eight innings until giving up a lead-off single by Colin Moran in the ninth inning.

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13. Michael Wacha began the 2019 season healthy and a member of St Louis' starting rotation.

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14. On December 16, 2020, Michael Wacha signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the Tampa Bay Rays.

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15. Michael Wacha attributed the increase in pitch velocity to gaining weight from physical exercise and increased food consumption, asserting that he "felt like the velocity just kept on increasing every single year.

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16. Michael Wacha was previously criticized for a heavy reliance on the fastball from lacking a solid breaking pitch.

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