Michael Wacha‘s career has been a story of ups and downs.
After bursting onto the scene in 2013 with the St. Louis Cardinals and being named NLCS MVP, injuries and inconsistencies began to plague him, particularly a stress reaction in his right shoulder.
He showed glimpses of that potential several times, but never could find consistency.
But the Boston Red Sox appear to have fixed him and turned him back into what he was supposed to be, a frontline starting pitcher with All-Star potential.
Last night, he threw his second career complete game shutout, defeating the Los Angeles Angels, 1-0.
And he achieved a pretty solid feat, as MLB points out on Twitter.
— MLB (@MLB) June 7, 2022
We haven’t seen Wacha dominate like this in a long time.
In 2018, he was off to a great start before an oblique injury cost him the rest of the season.
Brief stops with the New York Mets and Tampa Bay Rays didn’t help him.
But he appears to be back to that elite form he showed in 2013 when he first came up with the Cardinals.
On 105 pitches last night, Wacha went the distance, picking up his fourth win of the year and lowering his ERA to 1.99.
You can’t help but feel good for him after everything he’s been through injury-wise.
This is guy who has ace potential and flashed that potential several times while in St. Louis.
He’s had so many ups and downs in his career, but this is the pitcher we all thought we were getting when he first came up to the big leagues.
It’s hard to imagine him not being named an All-Star this season.
We’ll see if he keeps this dominance going.