Garcia recorded a 3.24 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 34 strikeouts across 33.1 innings of relief work this season. Garcia added 1.2 scoreless innings in the NL Wild Card Game loss against the Dodgers, and he established himself as one of the top bullpen options for the Cardinals during the season. The 34-year-old has bounced around a bit during his MLB career but figures to get another shot in St. Louis next year, and he could end up on the fantasy radar if he starts seeing save chances.
Garcia earned a two-out save with a pair of strikeouts Thursday against the Brewers. With the Cardinals holding onto a one-run lead in the ninth, Garcia came into the game to replace T.J. McFarland after he issued a one-walk out. The right-hander sent Lorenzo Cain and Kolten Wong down on strikes to finish things off. While Giovanny Gallegos remains the closer in St. Louis, Garcia has provided sufficient bullpen support, pitching to the tune of a 2.78 ERA and 0.96 WHIP with a pair of saves across 33 appearances.
Garcia struck out a batter during a 1-2-3 ninth to pick up his first save of the season in Monday's 5-2 win over the Brewers. Garcia was blown up for two runs on a pair of hits while managing to get just one out against the Padres on Sunday, but he bounced back nicely with a quick 1-2-3 ninth inning to record his first save of 2021. The 30-year-old had a 25.1-inning scoreless streak before Sunday's outing and appears to have possibly earned himself some more trust in high-leverage scenarios. For the year, Garcia has a 2.60 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 27:5 K:BB over 27.2 innings.
Garcia recorded his eighth hold in a win over the Reds on Sunday, allowing a hit and recording two strikeouts over one inning. Garcia continues to serve as a highly reliable relief option for manager Mike Shildt, now having forged 21 consecutive scoreless appearances. The veteran right-hander has seven of his eight holds on the season over that span as well, and he's now coaxed his previously bloated ERA and WHIP down to 2.16 and 0.88, respectively.
Garcia, who secured his third hold in an extra-inning win over the Tigers on Wednesday, has now pitched 16.1 consecutive scoreless innings during which he boasts a win, two holds and a 16:1 K:BB. It's quite the turnaround for the 34-year-old, who began his Cardinals tenure by yielding six earned runs over his first three appearances. Garcia's scoreless streak stretches back to July 28 and features five appearances of more than one inning.
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