St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny isn’t one for hyperbole even when describing his wunderkind World Series Game 2 starter Michael Wacha the 22-year-old NLCS MVP who didn’t even make his first major league start until late May.

When asked about the right-hander during yesterday’s pregame press conference Matheny called Wacha’s stuff “above average.”

Well maybe the lineups Wacha has mowed down over the final months of the season and during this playoff stretch would go a little further than that. Certainly they don’t go around naming milkshakes in St. Louis after players who are just above average.

That’s right when asked about any changes that have come about in his life since his meteoric rise to success Wacha mentioned walking into a restaurant recently and drinking a “Wacha Wacha” milkshake.

“Never heard that one before” he cracked about the name adding that the drink was vanilla-flavored with Cracker Jacks and chocolate chips mixed in.

But aside from the local milkshake fame what Wacha’s been able to accomplish at such a young age has been remarkable. Not even a sure thing to make the Cardinals postseason roster in early September it became obvious he deserved one after being one out away from no-hitting the Nationals on Sept. 24. In three postseason starts Wacha’s gone 3-0 with a 0.43 ERA twice out-dueling Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw who many believe will win his second NL Cy Young award.

In other words if Wacha’s stuff is just above average in Matheny’s eyes the Red Sox would hate to see him performing exceptionally well tonight.

Of course Red Sox manager John Farrell was a bit more effusive in his praise of Wacha.

“It’s clear that in a very short period of time he’s not feared the environment the challenge” Farrell said. “He’s a strike-thrower with two premium pitches — his fastball and his changeup. And to do it in the time of year in which it is at the age that he is to me that’s what stands out the most.

“From the physical side of things when you get guys in their first full year of pro baseball to be able to maintain this kind of stuff this late in October it’s remarkable with what he’s doing — and he’s obviously a very talented guy.”