Two days ago, Michael Wacha’s role was very much in question. Wacha’s struggles down the stretch the last two seasons combined with the emergence of Alex Reyes meant Wacha might very well be forced out of the rotation. All of that changed with the incredibly disappointing news that Alex Reyes would miss the 2017 season and undergo Tommy John surgery.
Michael Wacha’s path to the rotation is suddenly very clear. While Luke Weaver could assert himself and Trevor Rosenthal is a true wild card, the job is no longer Wacha’s to win, but Wacha’s to lose. His projections are out there. You can find ZiPS here, Steamer here, and Baseball Prospectus ($) on their player pages.
This is what we all thought Wacha would do last year. Wacha managed 1.9 WAR on a decent 3.91 FIP, but his ERA was an unsightly 5.09 and he managed just 138 innings. The poor ERA can be chalked up somewhat to defense and bad luck, but it isn’t clear if Wacha can last a full season. How will he do this year?
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