Michael Wacha going for 7th win tonight

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MICHAEL WACHA •RHP • 6-6 • 210 • 22 yrs • #52

Will make his 9th career start and 15th career MLB appearance. It will be his first career appearance vs. Washington. Is 1-1, 2.65 ERA in nine appearances at home and 2-0, 4.34 in five road games...is 1-1, 3.45 ERA in five starts at home.

Did not get a decision in the team's 15-ing. loss at COL 9/19, 7-6. Went 4.2 innings allowing four runs on 12 hits. Suffered his 1st career loss 9/14 in a 4-1 setback to SEA. Stretched his scoreless innings streak to STL season-best 23.2 IP before allowing a pair of 5th inning runs.

Posted a 9-2 win vs. PIT on 9/8, working 7.0 scoreless innings to extend his shutout streak to 19.2 IP...had a 2-run single in 5th inning of that win. Recalled prior to his 9/3 start, off Springfield (AA) roster. Did not get a decision in 6.0 scoreless at CIN, allowing just three hits.

Has 56 strikeouts in 56.0 Major League innings. Was 5-3 with a 2.65 ERA in Memphis (AAA) in 15 starts and walked just 19 to 73 K's (3.8 K/BB ratio). Became the 3rd Cardinals pitcher to make his Major League debut in a start this season joining LHP's John Gast and Tyler Lyons. Made his Major League debut 5/30 vs. KC, a no-decision in a game that featured 5:32 rain delays.

Allowed just 1R on 2H in 7.0 IP w/6K. Earned his 1st MLB win 6/11 at NYM, 9-2, allowed 2 runs in 6.0 IP. Has struck out 113 batters over 106.0 career minor league innings. The Cardinals first pick (19th overall) in the 2012 first-year player draft out of Texas A&M University.

Was purchased from Memphis (AAA) prior to his start on 5/30, making him the fastest Cardinal pitcher to debut from the draft since Cris Carpenter (drafted in 1987 and debuted 5/14/88).


SHELBY?MILLER •RHP • 6-3 • 215 • 22 yrs • #40

Makes his 31st start of the season and his 2nd of 2013 vs. WSH. First STL rookie pitcher since Rick Ankiel in 2000 to start 30 games. His 14 wins most by STL rookie since Dick Hughes 16 wins in 1967. 3rd on STL rookie strikeout list w/166 (Ankiel, 194; D. Dean, 191).

Earned the win in his only start against the Nationals in April, allowed two runs (0ER) over 6.2 IP for the win, with just 3 hits, 2 walks and fanned eight. The Cardinals have won six of his last seven games started. Did not get a decision in his start at MIL (9/20), a 10-ing 7-6 win.


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