Garcia allowed one hit during a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save during Thursday's win over Arizona.
The 30-year-old needed 16 pitches to secure the save as he continued pitching well to open the 2021 season. Garcia has a 2-2 record and is 5-for-6 in save opportunities, and he'll be in charge of the Marlins' closing role for the foreseeable future.
Garcia (2-2) took the loss Friday versus Washington, allowing two runs (one earned) on one hit. Garcia did not record an out.
Garcia's outing lasted only two pitches before Washington's Kyle Schwarber hit a walkoff two-run home run. In addition to the loss, Garcia was also charged with a blown save, as Miami held a 1-0 lead when he entered. The 30-year-old has a 2.19 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 10:3 K:BB across 12.1 innings. He is now 4-for-5 in save chances, and he added two holds before taking over the closer job from Anthony Bass earlier in April.
Garcia had one strikeout and didn't allow a baserunner during the ninth inning to earn the save during Wednesday's 3-0 win versus Baltimore.
The 30-year-old needed only 10 pitches to retire the side in order as he continues to pitch well to open the 2021 season. Garcia has a 2-1 record and is 4-for-4 in save opportunities with one run allowed on five hits and a 10:3 K:BB through 10.1 innings.
Garcia (2-1) allowed one run (zero earned) on two hits while striking out one in the 10th inning, earning the win over the Giants on Saturday.
After getting the save Friday, Garcia entered the game tied in the 10th inning. He allowed only the leadoff runner on second base to score. He received the win after the Marlins walked it off in the bottom of the inning. After taking the loss Opening Day, the 30-year-old has been perfect by firing 8.1 scoreless innings en route to three saves and two wins.
Garcia notched his third save of the season Friday against Miami after pitching a scoreless ninth inning, allowing one hit and fanning one.
Garcia allowed a two-out single to Alex Dickerson, but he retired Buster Posey on a groundout to close things out. The 30-year-old right-hander has now gone 3-for-3 in save opportunities this season, and while manager Don Mattingly hasn't named him the team's official closer just yet, he seems to be locking down the role based on his recent performances.
Garcia struck out two in a perfect 10th inning Wednesday to record his second save of the season in a 6-5 win over Atlanta.
He fired 11 of 12 pitches for strikes and impressively fanned the red-hot Ronald Acuna and Marcell Ozuna to nail down the victory. Garcia has a 1.23 ERA and 7:3 K:BB through 7.1 innings to begin the year, and he quickly seems to be locking down the closer role in Miami.
Garcia (1-1) picked up the win Monday in the Marlins' 5-3 extra-inning victory over Atlanta, walking one and striking out one in 1.1 scoreless innings of relief.
The right-hander entered the game with two outs and two runners on in the ninth inning. After understandably pitching around Ronald Acuna to load the bases, Garcia got Ozzie Albies to ground out. He then shut down the middle of Atlanta's order in the 10th after Miami took the lead. Garcia's had a solid start to the season, posting a 1.42 ERA, 0.79 WHIP and 5:3 K:BB through 6.1 innings with one save and two holds, and as long as he remains effective, he should be the Marlins' first option for save chances going forward.
Garcia struck out one in a perfect ninth inning Saturday to record his first save of the season in a 3-0 win over the Mets.
Hours after Anthony Bass was removed from the closer role by Marlins manager Don Mattingly, Garcia got the save opportunity for the club and breezed through the heart of the Mets' order on 11 pitches (eight strikes). Dylan Floro and Richard Bleier, who worked the seventh and eighth innings, could also factor into the closing equation for Mattingly, but Garcia made a strong initial statement that he deserves the job to himself.
Garcia is one of the top options for Miami's next save chance, Craig Mish of SportsGrid.com reports.
It sounds like Anthony Bass won't be getting the next save chance after blowing his first two chances of the season. Mish also mentions Dylan Floro as another top option to get save chances going forward. Garcia has given up one run while striking out three over four innings this season.
Garcia struck out one in a perfect eighth inning Thursday to record his second hold of the season.
Unfortunately for the Marlins, Anthony Bass blew his second save in the ninth. Garcia's been solid so far, posting a 2.25 ERA and 3:2 K:BB through four innings in four appearances, and his usage suggests he would be the next man up at closer if Bass gets removed from the role. Dylan Floro (0.00 ERA, 4:1 in 3.1 IP) has been more effective in the early going than Garcia, however, and could also be in the mix if the team looks for another ninth-inning option.
Garcia (0-1) allowed a solo home run to Austin Meadows in the eighth inning of Thursday's 1-0 loss to the Rays.
It was the only baserunner the right-hander gave up and he did strike out a batter, but with the Marlins' bats quiet, there was no margin for error for any Miami pitcher. Thursday's usage does at least confirm Garcia will handle a high-leverage role to begin the season, and the 30-year-old righty could be the next man up in the ninth for manager Don Mattingly if Anthony Bass falters as the team's closer.
Garcia is expected to open the season as the Marlins' main setup man, Jordan McPherson of The Miami Herald reports.
The right-hander's 6.23 ERA this spring is inflated by three homers in 8.2 innings, but Garcia's 11:1 K:BB also highlights his potential. Anthony Bass remains the favorite to handle save chances for the Marlins, but if Garcia can find a way to keep the ball in the park more consistently (career 1.65 HR/9), he could make a push for the closer role.
Garcia has an 11.25 ERA through his first four appearances (four innings) this spring.
The culprit has been two homers, as Garcia's 4:0 K:BB is solid. The 30-year-old has had issues in the past keeping the ball in the park, serving up 15 home runs over 62.1 innings for the Dodgers in 2019, but a small spring sample isn't cause for too much alarm. It may, however, be enough to put him behind Anthony Bass in the race to be the Marlins' closer to begin the season.
Garcia signed a one-year, $1.9 million deal with the Marlins on Friday to avoid arbitration, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
The 30-year-old was near spotless during his first season in Miami with a 0.60 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 19:5 K:BB across 15 innings. Garcia could be in the mix for the closer's job in spring training for Miami.
Garcia (2-0) pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning Wednesday against the Red Sox to pick up his second win of the season. He had two strikeouts on the night.
Garcia needed 16 pitches to get through the eighth as he sent Christian Arroyo and Alex Verdugo down on strikes before getting Rafael Devers to foul out to end the inning. Brandon Kintzler still has a grip on the team's closer role, but Garcia's 0.77 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 15:3 K:BB across 11.2 innings should have him next in line.
Garcia struck out two and recorded his first save of the season during the second game of Friday's doubleheader, giving up a run on two hits in the seventh inning.
Brandon Kintzler worked a clean sixth inning with the Marlins up 4-2, and after they tacked on another run in the bottom of the frame, manager Don Mattingly elected to hand the save chance to Garcia. The 30-year-old responded by giving up his first run of the year, but he still got the job done to pick up his first save in the majors since 2015. It's not clear if Mattingly intends to give Garcia a shot at winning the closer role on a more permanent basis, but his 0.93 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 12:3 K:BB through 9.2 innings this year suggest he's capable of handling the assignment.
Garcia (illness) will be activated ahead of Friday's game against the Rays, Craig Mish of SportsGrid.com reports.
As Mish notes, Garcia is set to be a high-leverage arm for the Marlins over the rest of the season, having looked great in Jupiter since his return to the field. Brandon Kintzler has done nothing to lose the closer role, but Garcia could vulture wins and saves occasionally.
Garcia was one of 18 Marlins that tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this season who received clearance Saturday to resume baseball activities at the team's alternate training site in Jupiter, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
Garcia appeared out of the bullpen in two of the Marlins' first three games before the club had its season postponed for eight days due to a team-wide coronavirus outbreak. The reliever was among those who contracted the virus, but he's since made a full recovery and has cleared all COVID-19-related protocols. He'll now turn his focus to getting his arm reconditioned for game action following a three-plus-week layoff, and once reinstated, Garcia should fill a key setup role in front of closer Brandon Kintzler.
Garcia (undisclosed) has been placed on the 10-day injured list, Jared Diamond of The Wall Street Journal reports.
Garcia was among the 13 Marlins placed on the injured list ahead of the team's return to play after a COVID-19 outbreak. However, a specific reason for Garcia's placement on the injured list wasn't announced.
Garcia could begin the regular season in a high-leverage role, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.
Ryne Stanek (back) is hurt and Drew Steckenrider is having a terrible spring so far, leaving the question of who will set up for presumed closer Brandon Kintzler unsettled. Garcia's claim to eighth-inning work is due to more than just attrition in the rest of the bullpen, however -- the former Dodger has yet to give up a run through seven spring innings with an 8:1 K:BB. Garcia hasn't reached double-digit holds since he notched 11 in 2015, but he could become a useful contributor in fantasy leagues that utilize the category.
|Last 7 Games|
|05/09||vs MIL||L 1-2||1.0||0||0||0||3|
|05/06||vs ARI||W 3-1||1||1.0||1||0||0||1|
|04/30||@ WAS||L 1-2||1||0.0||1||1||0||0|
|04/28||@ MIL||W 6-2||1.0||1||0||0||0|
|04/24||@ SF||W 5-2||1.0||2||1||0||0|
|04/21||vs BAL||W 3-0||1||1.0||0||0||0||1|
|04/17||vs SF||W 7-6||1||1.0||2||0||0||1|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2012||AFX-Great Lakes Loons||41.2||40||0||0||4||4||14||60||17||42||3.06||1.432|
|2012||AFA-Rancho Cucamonga Qua||10.2||9||0||0||2||1||2||22||5||7||2.65||1.176|
|2015||AAA-Oklahoma City Dodger||10.2||9||0||0||0||0||0||12||5||9||4.41||1.373|
|2016||AFA-Rancho Cucamonga Qua||3.0||2||2||0||0||0||0||5||0||3||6.00||1.000|
|2018||AAA-Oklahoma City Dodger||14.2||14||0||0||1||0||1||14||0||16||4.44||1.127|