3 former Red Sox who are performing well on their new teams
#2: Michael Wacha is torching opponents as of late
Michael Wacha is next up on our list, and he is having a great season so far, but more importantly, an even better last five starts. Wacha has been on various teams throughout his career, including the St. Louis Cardinals, New York Mets, Tampa Bay Rays, Boston Red Sox, and now the San Diego Padres.
With the Red Sox, Wacha was a very high-quality starter throughout 2022. He posted a 3.32 ERA and 1.115 WHIP through 23 starts and 127.1 innings pitched. He had an 11-2 record in those starts, with one shutout and one complete game to his name, as well as 104 strikeouts to only 31 walks. He was not necessarily a strikeout pitcher, but rather a merchant of being capable of getting quick outs and out of innings.
This year Wacha has continued his success, especially so in his last five starts. On the season he has had nine starts with 50.1 innings of pitching. In that time frame, he has a 3.58 ERA and 1.152 WHIP, a 5-1 record, and more strikeouts than hits allowed (45 to 44 respectively). In his most recent five games, he has pitched 30 innings, giving up five or fewer hits in every outing, zero earned runs in three of the contests (only one and three earned runs in the other two games), and walked only eight batters in that span. His best outing came against the Kansas City Royals, where he pitched seven innings, giving up only one hit, no earned runs, one walk, eleven strikeouts, and threw 103 pitches.
Overall, the Red Sox lost another quality starter in Wacha, who is also only in his early 30s at 31, so he has lots of quality baseball ahead of him presumably.