After the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers to advance to the World Series, rookie pitching sensation Michael Wacha was named the NLCS Most Valuable Player.
In last night’s game, Wacha threw seven scoreless innings, just two hits and a walk were allowed. He also struck out five batters.
In the span of two NLCS games this season, Wacha has pitched 13.5 scoreless innings, allowing just seven hits and two walks, along with throwing 13 strike outs.
From SB Nation:
The impressive NLCS performance followed Wacha’s key start in the Division Series against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Wacha did not allow a hit through 7⅓ innings in an elimination game before surrendering a solo home run to the final batter he faced. He finished the game with nine strikeouts.
In case you’re wondering, Wacha wasn’t the only pitcher from St. Louis to win the award, and wasn’t the first rookie to win it either.
Wacha is the second Cardinals pitcher to be awarded the NLCS MVP, joining Jeff Suppan in 2006. He joins Mike Boddicker and Livan Hernandez as the only rookies to ever earn LCS MVP honors.
The St. Louis Cardinals will play game 1 of the 2013 World Series against the winner of the Detroit/Boston ALCS on Wednesday, October 23. Game 1 will be hosted by the ALCS winner.