There’s no such thing as too much hype and expectation, right? So let me just add to it — happy Wacha Wednesday!
Yes, tonight is the season debut of Michael Wacha and, while we as Cardinals fans eagerly anticipate each game, I’m guessing tonight is one even those national baseball writers who don’t or can’t pay attention to every Cardinals game daily because they’re too caught up in the Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, Mike Trout and Bryce Harper will be tuning in or at least keeping up with. Because they remember last October as much as we remember last October. And they’re curious, just like we’re curious, to see Wacha’s 2014 debut.
Which, obviously, is only one game in a season that will have many, many starts that will be both good and sometimes not so much. Still, it will be exciting to see him back out on the mound once again — no matter the outcome.
Even with Wacha’s brief big league resume, he’s faced the Cincinnati Reds twice — for four innings in relief last Aug. 28 (in an Adam Wainwright start we all want to forget about) and then as a starter five days after that in which the Cards lost 1-0 after he left the game. In 10 innings over the two appearances he didn’t allow a run, gave up three hits in each game, walked three and struck out 10.
Impressive, for sure.
And now the curtain will rise on his 2014 season tonight. No way to know or predict what will happen — it’s baseball, after all. But here’s to truly having a happy Wacha Wednesday!
Game time is 6:10 p.m. Central.
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