• NLDS Game 4: Rookie Michael Wacha and Matt Holliday keep Cardinals alive in 2-1 win against Pirates

    Summary of 5 articles · Updated Oct 8, 2013
    "I kind of like it," Wacha said. Wacha doesn't really do rattled. It's the only decision Hurdle could have made after seeing Michael Wacha aka Michael Vander Wacha shut down the scheduled civic celebration at PNC Park and along the Roberto Clemente Bridge. Wacha was perfect until allowing a leadoff walk to Russell Martin in the bottom of the sixth, and had a no-hitter going until Pedro Alvarez took him well over the fence in right-center for a solo homer with one out in the eighth. "It kind of gives me adrenaline. I kind of use it in my favor." And the Pittsburgh Pirates not to mention anyone else he might face in the postseason "kind of" need to get used to it. Using Bill James’ Game Score – which credits or debits points for every inning, hit, run , walk and strikeout in conjunction with the Baseball-Reference.com Play Index, we can boil each start down to a single number roughly indicative of quality to use as a means of ranking each outing.
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      This postseason has featured three of the best pitching performances by young starters in this era.
      Source: CNNSI.com
    • Michael Wacha's brilliant start saves Cardinals from elimination in NLDS

      Mike Matheny's gutsy call to start Michael Wacha in Game 4 vs. the Pirates paid off tremendously.
      Source: CNNSI.com
  • Hurdle's decision to go with Cole the right one

    Despite what A.J. Burnett has meant to the Pirates, it's the correct call by Clint Hurdle to send Gerrit Cole to the hill in Game 5 of the National League Division Series.
    Source: MLB.com

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