Extensive DL time was a part of Jaime Garcia's season once again, but for the first time in four seasons, Fantasy owners had something to focus on besides his health status. Though shoulder and groin injuries limited Garcia 20 starts in 2015, he had arguably his best season to date, going 10-6 with a 2.43 ERA and 1.05 WHIP. Because injuries seem practically inevitable for Garcia, it's hard to make him one of the top 50 starting pitchers off the board. He has shown, however, that he has the ability to make a late-round pick in standard mixed leagues pay off.
Garcia's representatives were informed that the Cardinals will assume his $11 million option, Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. After going four straight years without an ERA below 3.50, Garcia was able to put up an excellent season when it mattered. The left-hander registered a 2.43 ERA and 1.046 WHIP in 129.2 innings for 2015, making his 2016 option's price tag acceptable. It's not very reasonable to expect as good a season next year, but Garcia at least figures to begin that year entrenched in the rotation.
Cardinals starting pitcher Jaime Garcia left Game 2 of the National League Division Series with a stomach virus. Garcia made it through just two innings, giving up five runs (zero earned) on four hits and a walk, so it seemed natural that his exit was performance based. However, it seems as if Garcia was suffering from a minor illness as well as a damaged ego.
Garcia will pitch Game 2 of the NLDS, Benjamin Hochman of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Garcia will battle with Met's righty Noah Syndergaard in Game 2 of the NLDS on Saturday. The 29-year-old was excellent this year, posting a 2.43 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in 129.2 innings this year, however he give up two runs in seven innings during his only start against the Mets this year. Considering that start was all the way back on May 21, fantasy owners shouldn't take much stock in that outcome with both teams changing dramatically since Garcia last faced the Mets.
Cardinals starting pitcher Jaime Garcia (10-6) gave up two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out five over four innings in Friday's loss to Atlanta. Garcia managed to spread out the damage in Friday's loss, his only blip being a two-run second inning. Despite dealing with shoulder and groin injuries, Garcia dazzled for much of the season, but has come back down to earth in his final nine starts of the regular season, posting a 3.58 ERA and 1.24 WHIP since Aug. 15, both well above his season averages of 2.43 and 1.05, respectively.
Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia (10-5) was spectacular on Saturday, as he struck out eight Brewers over eight one-run innings in a win over the Brewers. He allowed seven hits and no walks. What makes Garcia so special is his control, as he has just 28 walks in 125.2 innings this season. It's been a breakout campaign for the southpaw, as he maintains a 2.36 ERA and 1.02 WHIP in 19 starts this season. Injuries are the only concern for the lefty, as he has failed to eclipse 200 innings and has pitched 60 or less innings in three of his seven seasons.