Garcia (5-10) allowed five runs on four hits and three walks across 2.1 innings to take the loss Sunday against the Blue Jays. He struck out four. Garcia allowed runs in the first and second innings before a disastrous third in which he walked the bases loaded before the bullpen allowed all three to score. The left-hander could hardly find the strike zone, throwing a putrid 45 percent of his pitches for strikes and throwing just six first-pitch strikes to 14 hitters. Garcia had allowed just four earned runs over 19.1 innings in his previous four starts and will look to get back on track Friday against this same Toronto club as he looks to make his claim to a postseason rotation spot.
Garcia allowed just an unearned run on four hits and no walks across 5.2 innings in a no-decision Monday against the Twins. He struck out nine. Garcia was superb in this one, throwing 67 percent of his pitches for strikes as he tied his season high in punchouts. He made it through five frames rather easily, but the lefty was removed after a pair of singles and an error resulted in a run to begin the sixth. Garcia has allowed just four earned runs over 19.1 innings over his last four outings and will take a respectable 3.89 ERA into his next scheduled start Sunday against the Blue Jays.
Garcia allowed one run on five hits and one walk while striking out four over 4.2 innings in a no-decision against the Rays on Wednesday. Making his first appearances since Aug. 30, Garcia kept the Rays in check, with a homer off the bat of Kevin Kiermaier accounting for the extent of the damage. Jordan Montgomery is set to start a game this weekend, but it doesn't sound like he will be replacing Garcia or anyone else; manager Joe Girardi suggested this is just a way to give the starting staff more rest. Regardless, Garcia hasn't completed six innings in any of his six starts with the Yankees, and the middling K-rate limits his appeal even in favorable matchups.
Garcia is scheduled to make his next start Wednesday against the Rays, George A. King of the New York Post reports. A combination of factors -- mainly the expanded rosters at the start of September and Garcia's ineffectiveness since donning pinstripes -- will make this his first start in two weeks if the lefty does indeed get the ball Wednesday. In five starts with the Yankees, Garcia is 0-2 with a 5.11 ERA and has yet to make it through six innings, so if he continues to struggle, a regular slot in the rotation doesn't appear to be guaranteed down the stretch run.
Garcia won't start Monday's game against the Orioles and is expected to be skipped in the rotation this week, Dan Martin of the New York Post reports. With Garcia having failed to escape the sixth inning in any of his five starts since joining the Yankees and submitting a 5.11 ERA and 1.78 WHIP over that span, he'll be bypassed for his normally scheduled turn Monday in favor of rookie Jordan Montgomery, who has enjoyed some success against Baltimore this season. Since the Yankees are eager to restrict Montgomery's workload this season, it's not expected that he'll permanently displace Garcia in the rotation, but Montgomery's spot start Monday coupled with a team off day Thursday probably means that the veteran won't rejoin the starting ranks until the following week.
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