Garcia earned the save during Saturday's 5-2 win over Cleveland after allowing one run with one strikeout and zero walks over 1.1 innings. It was the 25-year-old's first appearance of the season, and he needed only 14 pitches to record four outs while surrendering one single. Garcia nabbed four saves in 2020 and figures to be in the mix for saves throughout this season, with he and Gregory Soto each picking up a save in the first two games.
Garcia has tossed two scoreless innings in Grapefruit League action so far. He's allowed three hits and a walk with no strikeouts. Garcia, who's in the mix to close for Detroit, has been used sparingly so far this spring, so it's hard to take much away from his performance. He did register a solid 1.66 ERA and 1.29 WHIP across 21.2 innings last season, though he struck out only 12 batters, so he doesn't profile as the typical overpowering end-game option. Gregory Soto is the other frontrunner to close for the Tigers, and the lefty does overpower hitters a bit more frequently, which may push Garcia to more of a setup role. The 25-year-old Garcia was second on the team with four saves last season.
Garcia (2-1) was tagged with a blown save and the loss Tuesday against the Twins after allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits while striking out two across two-thirds of an inning. Garcia pitched the 10th inning with a one-run lead, but he quickly allowed the game-tying run on an RBI single from Eddie Rosario that scored Jake Cave. He bounced back and struck out both Miguel Sano and Mitch Garver, but Max Kepler notched the game-winning RBI with a single that scored Rosario. Garcia is now 3-for-4 in save opportunities this season and even though this performance didn't come out as expected, he should end the season as Detroit's closer.
Garcia allowed a hit but struck out the side in a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save in Detroit's 5-2 victory over the Indians on Saturday. Garcia has three saves in three opportunities this season, all of which have come in his last six appearances. He lowered his ERA to 1.35 in the process and is making a compelling case to complete the season as the Tigers closer.
Garcia pitched a scoreless seventh inning during a 6-3 win over the Cardinals in the second game of Thursday's doubleheader to record his second save of the season. With the Tigers down 3-0, Jose Cisnero got the final out of the fifth inning and tossed a clean sixth, setting Garcia up for the save chance after the team staged a late rally. Garcia has now delivered nine straight scoreless appearances, collecting both his saves and three holds over that stretch, but his 2:2 K:BB in 6.1 innings over that span isn't exactly dominant. Still, as long as he's getting results, he should remain part of Detroit's late-inning committee.
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