St. Louis Cardinals: Three Things We Learned From the Cubs Series

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May 25, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Randal Grichuk (15) is congratulated by third base coach Chris Maloney after hitting a home run off of Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta (not pictured) during the second inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Billy Hurst-USA TODAY Sports
May 25, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Randal Grichuk (15) is congratulated by third base coach Chris Maloney after hitting a home run off of Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta (not pictured) during the second inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Billy Hurst-USA TODAY Sports /
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May 24, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha (52) reacts after allowing a solo home run to Chicago Cubs left fielder Jorge Soler (68) at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
May 24, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha (52) reacts after allowing a solo home run to Chicago Cubs left fielder Jorge Soler (68) at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports /

3. The Michael Wacha situation is getting serious

The Cardinals look like they have a big problem on their hands with Michael Wacha. The starter struggled mightily in his game two appearance against Chicago. In just four innings Wacha allowed eight hits and eight earned runs, as well as walking four batters. The right-hander’s ERA now sits at 5.04 and his struggles are beginning to scare the most optimistic fans.

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Wacha record fell to 2-5 and hasn’t been the pitcher that the Cardinals need him to be to this point in the season. The two wins on Wacha’s record came in his first four starts and since then has held a dreadful ERA of 6.55.

In the month of May, Wacha has started five games. The Cardinals would be 0-5 in those games if it weren’t for a 13 run outburst against the Colorado Rockies last week.

Wacha may not be the only Cardinal pitcher struggling, but he may be the most disappointing. This isn’t the Michael Wacha that the Cardinals have seen for the past few years.

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If the issues continue for Wacha, it could be disastrous for the Cardinals playoff chances. So for the sake of success in 2016, Michael Wacha needs to snap out of it and return to being the pitcher that the Cardinals have grown accustomed to.

Noticed something in the series that wasn’t mentioned? Let me hear it! You can find me on Twitter @NChill17 or hit me up in the comment section below.

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