John Mozeliak joined the guys in the booth at FSM in tonight’s game and talked a lot about Wacha. It was clear that he still liked Wacha’s change-up but was disappointed in his fastball command. He also made a point in saying that he really wants him to develop a quality 3rd pitch in his curve. In fact he even said that he would rather have him be developing that in AAA rather than dealing with the stress of the big leagues. Pretty telling stuff from the guy in charge.
Now I like Chris Duncan a lot but he was just venting his thoughts on Twitter. He in no way has any knowledge of what the organization is going to do when Jake Westbrook comes back to the rotation on Friday. But the hints were certainly prevalent and I agree with Duncan’s observations.
All in all if Wacha gets sent down I’m fine with that. Injuries forced the Cardinal’s hand this season but I would have preferred to have Wacha come up and stay up.
Until this weekend… Go Cards!
The day is finally here. I say finally, but he wasn’t been around that long, being drafted just last year. By now us Cardinal fans are used to rookie debuts but none has gotten this fan base more excited than Wacha. Is it out of control? Absolutely. But just for this one day its okay to be overly excited and have unrealistic expectations. It’s part of being a fan. So go out and enjoy it, watch this kid show what he’s got in him.
I think as Cardinal fans, we get so excited for rookie phenoms getting called up because it represents a change in the Cardinal culture of the past. We’re used to hardened, veteran teams that have a lot of experience. These kind of teams is what I was accustomed to to seeing in the La Russa era. But a young manager and a lot of talented rookies? Seems like a good combination and that is just one of the things that makes Matheny so great.
Are there concerns? Of course. Things like a measly K/9 rate of 5.8 and a heavy inning load coming out of college. But just for today, put all that behind you and witness to future without anxiety. Do you remember this kind of hype with Shelby Miller? I sure don’t. Although the slap on the hand by the organization for underage drinking probably didn’t help his case. I still like Miller and I still have his autograph from when he was in Springfield. (Man it’s great living down here) Wacha has drawn Wainwright comparisions on his demeanor and here’s to hoping we see a Wainwright performance tonight.
(I sure hope Wacha pitches well tonight, considering how much I’ve talked him up)
So its finally true. The Cardinals will call up the guy we all want to see. The future is NOW. As time went on, I doubted that they would actually call him up. There were inning concerns and obvious business repercussions. Lets remember he was in college just a year ago but I’m cautiously excited. He’ll get the nod Thursday against the Royals.
Mozeliak might have finally given in Cardinal fans. Wacha was already scratched from yesterday’s start and moved to today, only to be scratched. Unless there is an injury it lookes like Wacha could be on his way to STL. More on this later.
The Cardinals just replaced Garcia in the rotation. Maness? Kelly? Martinez? WACHA?
So who is this guy?
I wouldn’t call him a forgotten prospect and his name HAS floated around the last few seasons but really this is unexpected. You won’t find him in the top 20 organizational prospect list and whats even more surprising are his numbers. He is 2-1 with a 4.47 ERA for the Redbirds. But obviously Mozeliak must like him. He is another lefty, and I can’t really criticize the move until we see him.
But what this tells me is that Wacha won’t be in the big leagues until there is a permanent spot for him up here. I’ve mentioned before that this is a business decision. Wacha isn’t even on the 40 man roster. However Mozeliak told FSM that this is about the long term development for Wacha. It’s about getting used to a 5 man rotation and limiting stressful inning on him. The Cardinals obviously feel comfortable throwing Lyons in the lion pit, but want to shield the prince Wacha. It’s funny how organizations handle their prospects.
We’ll get to see Lyons on Wednesday.
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