Michael Wacha, who could start Game 2 of the World Series at Fenway Park on Thursday, has plenty of experience against baseball teams from New England.
Wacha pitched an excellent game for Texas A&M against Holy Cross, throwing seven shutout innings on Feb. 24, 2012.
That's right, Wacha is 20 months removed from facing Holy Cross. Maybe the Sox can ask Crusaders coach Greg DiCenzo for a scouting report.
(Thanks to Dick, a loyal reader, for the tip).
As was mentioned yesterday, Wacha grew up in Texarkana, Texas, the same town as Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks. Their high schools were rivals and the two played together on summer-league teams for two years. Middlebrooks is two years older.
Wacha, 22, was a first-round draft pick in 2012 out of A&M. He made his major league debut in May and was 4-1 with a 2.78 earned run average in the regular season. In three postseason starts he is 3-0, 0.43.
The Sox and Cardinals will be working out at Fenway Park later on today. Check back later for coverage.