St. Louis Cardinals: Michael Wacha wants a World Series


St. Louis Cardinals righthander Michael Wacha talked about The Cubs rivalry, health in his shoulder and 2016 plans.

Every player wants to win the big one since the moment they step on a baseball diamond or pick up a ball in their backyard. When St. Louis Cardinals’ Michael Wacha wakes up every morning, he thinks about the ultimate goal for any player.

“The World Series. That’s all I think about. That’s all I want.”

When asked about the Chicago Cubs acquisition of Jason Heyward and John Lackey and how it makes the Cards a bit of underdogs, Wacha was ready to accept that role. Like Matt Carpenter, the rivalry doesn’t need any extra juice but he has no problem with an underdog role.

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“We’ll accept that chip on our shoulder. Underdog status,” Wacha on the Cards-Cubs rivalry.

“We have quite a bit of young guys. Not sure where he was coming from there.” Wacha didn’t seem to want to speak on Heyward in a bad light but also didn’t shy away from being proud of a core that includes Kolten Wong and Stephen Piscotty.

As far as what has changed between his first ever start in 2013 and his latest start, Wacha talked about preparation and working with game film and his catcher to get a perfect system.

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Wacha didn’t feel any effects from the shoulder stress reaction injury he suffered in 2014 and is working on a clean bill of health this winter.

He dropped in as a big prospect and worked into a playoff hero quickly, but Wacha is simply one of the stories brewing this spring. A once young rookie who has developed into someone who can dish out advice to younger kids coming up.