2015 St. Louis Cardinals Pitchers To Watch

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Mar 20, 2015; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; A general view of an official baseball as St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher

Michael Wacha

(52) warms up against the New York Mets at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

1. Michael Wacha

I am really excited about the possibilities with Wacha this year. Last year was a rough year with the shoulder injury and the rough ending in the postseason that he shouldn’t have had to go through. This year however, is a new year for Wacha and I really think he is going to have a really stellar year. It will hopefully be his first full season pitching for the Cardinals. Dan Szymbroski’s predictions for Wacha are 8-5 with a 3.27 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 8.28 K/9 (2nd Highest on the staff), and a higher 2.65 BB/9. I understand the modest projections with uncertainty regarding health and maturity on the mound, but i really feel like he has the potential to be much better. Especially considering how this offense might take off and give him and the rest of the staff good run support throughout the season. I know last year was a bit of a lost year developmentally for him but if he can mix his pitches and still feature that nasty change and the curve he featured a bit it will be a fine season for Wacha.