Michael Wacha pitched two great games for the St. Louis Cardinals this past week. On September 3rd he faced the Cincinnati Reds, who are right on the Cardinals’ tail feathers at two games back in the National League Central Division. Wacha pitched the first six innings with great confidence, giving up no runs, only three hits and recording three strikeouts. The Cardinals took him out for the 7th inning and the Reds took advantage by scoring in the inning, and taking the game. Wacha, the Cardinals top draft pick last year, had his next start versus the Pittsburgh Pirates on September 8th. He pitched seven strong innings with only two hits, two strikeouts, and got the win. In the fifth, Wacha boosted his excess value (XVAL) even more by singling into center to drive in two runs, showing he can be dangerous at the plate too.
These two performances resulted in a WAR of 0.87, and because of Wacha’s low weekly salary of $21,173, increased his excess value (XVAL) by $2,588,827. This infographic highlights Michael Wacha’s performance last week and shows how it factors in both traditional and advanced MLB stats: