Tag:Jamie Garcia
Posted on: June 4, 2011 1:08 am

3 Up, 3 Down: Garcia dazzles Cubs


By Evan Brunell

Jamie Garcia, Cardinals -- Jaime Garcia was once a solid prospect turned afterthought after Tommy John surgery in 2009. But he impressed greatly as a rookie season, posting a 2.70 ERA in 28 starts. No one was quite sure he was for real, but he most certainly is, following up his worst start of the year with an eight-inning gem against the Cubs, allowing four hits and just one run and posting eight strikeouts with a walk. A dominating performance that lowered his ERA to 3.05, it's clear Garcia is a legitimate ace.

Carlos Quentin, White Sox -- Q had a big day as DH, walking three times and blasting a 3-run home run to pace Chicago to victory 6-4 over the Tigers. That ended a nine-game losing streak against Detroit. Quentin's blast was his 14th of the year, pacing him for 38 bombs on the season. He may not hit for average (.260) but he can sure bring the power.

Elvis Andrus, Rangers -- The Rangers had a lot of star performers, with Josh Hamilton and Alexi Ogando worthy of this list. Andrus was just as impressive with a 4-for-5 performance out of the two-hole with two runs and three RBI, with a double attached. Andrus came up through the minors more known for his defense, but is his stick isn't all that bad. It's never going to be his forte, but he's at .277/.318/.350 after the performance. He's not as patient last season, but now has a higher average and a touch more power to speak for being less patient, which actually makes him less valuable.

Carlos Santana, Indians -- Santana has been disappointing so far this season, as the catcher was supposed to be a legitimate middle-of-the-order bat, especially after slashing .260/.401/.467 in 192 at-bats before his 2010 season ended when Ryan Kalish ran into him at home plate. (Where was all this outrage about running into catchers then?) Anyhoo, Santana was eventually dropped from cleanup to lower in the order after his struggles got too out of hand. He had seven hits in 17 at-bats with three doubles, prompting his move back to cleanup against the Rangers. He promptly went 0-for-4 with 3 strikeouts to drag his overall line down to .228/.367/.386. Think they drop him down again Saturday?

Zach Britton, Orioles
-- Britton tosses his second straight poor outing, spiking his ERA to a still-impressive 3.33 by allowing five earned runs to the Blue Jays, with an additional two earned. He made it through five innings with 81 pitches and gave up a J.P. Arencibia grand slam in the fifth to cap his night. It's possible htiters are starting to get a book on Britton and it's working, but it's only two starts. He'l draw the Athletics on Wednesday against the below pitcher.

Josh Outman, Athletics -- Outman and Clay Buchholz both tried to beat each other for worst outings, and the lefty gets the nod for a 2 2/3 inning effort, giving up four earned runs plus one unearned in his third 2011 start. Outman had zero control even though that's not evidenced by his one walk -- he tossed 67 pitches with only 36 crossing the plate. Outman has also struggled in Triple-A as well, but is in his first full season back from Tommy John surgery that knocked him out for 1 1/2 seasons. He doesn't have the stuff for the majors right now, but the A's are desperate for arms.

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Posted on: May 6, 2011 9:43 pm
Edited on: May 7, 2011 1:59 am

Jamie Garcia loses perfect-game bid

By Evan Brunell

GarciaUPDATE: Garcia still had quite a good game, immediately inducing a double play after couging up the single described just below. A nice display of testicular fortitude. In a game that brought his ERA to 1.99, he went the distance and walked just one against eight strikeouts with just two hits allowed and nine groundballs induced. A very fine start indeed for the 24-year-old who was not quite taken seriously as an elite pitcher who is proving he may be just that.

UPDATE: Garcia lost his perfect game by walking Casey McGehee on four straight pitches... and then the very next pitch to Yuniesky Betancourt was grounded through shortstop into left for a single. Valiant effort.

UPDATE: Garcia's extended his bid through seven, striking out Ryan Braun on a slider in the dirt for the third out of the inning. It's Braun's third strikeout of the game.

So far, only Francisco Liriano has lived up to the expectations that 2010's Year of the Pitcher set. There's been quite a few near-misses on no-hitters, including Friday night's bid by Derek Lowe before losing it with one batter in the seventh against Philadelphia.

Now, Jamie Garcia's going to attempt to do what Lowe couldn't, as he's working on a perfect game through six innings against the Brewers. He's punched out an impressive seven thus far, but has limited his pitches to just 64, so has a real shot of going the distance without putting his arm in danger.

Garcia's opponent, Randy Wolf, was pinch-hit for in the sixth for Garcia's last out of the inning, so will face the top of the order. St. Louis currently leads 6-0, with Albert Pujols tallying three RBI so far with a sacrifice fly and two-run single. A Matt Holliday double, Colby Rasmus triple and Yadier Molina homer -- not consecutively -- are responsible for the remainder of the runs.

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Posted on: July 27, 2010 11:30 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:02 pm

Heyward, Strasburg to finally meet

Jason Heyward If you hear the world explode tonight, it's because of the awesomeness that is the meeting of Stephen Strasburg and Jason Heyward.

The world was cheated out of this opportunity last month, but now the ultimate meeting should take place tonight in Washington, D.C.

Heyward missed the last meeting when kryptonite jammed his left thumb and sent him to the disabled list, meaning the Braves didn't have a chance on June 28 (well, despite the fact they won the game).

This time, though, it's awesome on awesome as Heyward will be in the lineup.

"It's always great to face good pitchers; it's always great to face the best," Heyward told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution 's Carroll Rogers . "That's what the major leagues are about."

In what is unthinkable, Rogers notes the two actually have competition for the National League Rookie of the Year. Sure, the safe money is on Strasburg finishing first and Heyward second, but there's also Florida's Gaby Sanchez, St. Louis' Jaime Garcia, San Francisco's Buster Posey, Chicago's Starlin Castro and Cincinnati's Mike Leake.

NL's top rookies
Stephen Strasburg 5-2 2.32 ERA 75 Ks, 15 BB
Jaime Garcia 9-4 2.21 ERA 90 Ks, 43 BB
Mike Leake 7-2 3.57 ERA 76 Ks, 43 BB
Jason Heyward .276/.387/.459 11 HR, 48 RBI
Gaby Sanchez .301/.364/.472 11 HR, 45 RBI
Buster Posey .368/.404/.571 8 HR, 33 RBI
Starlin Castro .309/.360/.449 3 HR, 31 RBI

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 23, 2010 4:28 pm
Edited on: June 23, 2010 4:41 pm

Reds keeping an eye on Leake, skip a start

Mike Leake The Reds will skip Mike Leake's next start and are looking at ways to keep his innings under wraps.

Leake, the team's first-round pick last season, threw 142 innings at Arizona State last season and 89 1/3 innings already this season. The Reds want to limit Leake's innings to "probably 170" Cincinnati general manager Walt Jocketty tells the Cincinnati Enquirer 's John Fay .

"We have a round number," Jocketty told Fay. "Probably 170, but it's not etched in stone."

Leake was scheduled to start Sunday in the series finale against Cleveland. Instead, Leake will start Tuesday in the second game of the series against Philadelphia at Great American Ball Park.

Leake is 5-1 with a 2.92 ERA. He picked up a no-decision Monday in the Reds' victory over the A's. His 89 1/3 innings are the second-most by a rookie pitcher so far this season, behind Cleveland's Mitch Talbot (90 1/3). St. Louis' Jaime Garcia has thrown 85 1/3 innings.

Leake is averaging 15.44 pitches per inning, the 17th fewest in the National League.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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