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Jaime Garcia | Starting Pitcher

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (29) / 7/8/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 215
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
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Cardinals exercised LHP Jaime Garcia's $11.5 million club option for the 2016 season.
As first reported by Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Sunday. Garcia had a terrific 2015 regular season for the NL Central-champion Cardinals, posting a 2.43 ERA in 20 starts. He struggled mightily in his one NLDS outing against the Cubs, but $11.5 million is a pretty good rate in this market for a pitcher of Garcia's caliber. He's always been good when healthy. Lock him into an Opening Day rotation spot for 2016. Nov 2 - 3:39 PM

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Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals have notified Jaime Garcia's representatives that they will pick up his $11.5 million option for 2016.

General manager John Mozeliak noted last month that there was a "99 percent chance" the club would exercise the option, so the news doesn't come as a surprise. While Garcia's season ended in disappointment with an abbreviated NLDS start versus the Cubs, he was terrific during the regular season with a 2.43 ERA over 20 starts. The left-hander will always be a question mark health-wise but is a good bet to pitch well when he's able to take the mound. The Cards also have a $12 million option on Garcia for 2017.
Nov 1 - 10:08 AM

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Thursday that a decision on whether to pick up Jaime Garcia's option for 2016 hasn't been made.

The Cards could either pick up the option for $11.5 million or pay Garcia a $500,000 buyout. It's a quite affordable price tag for a guy who posted a 2.43 ERA over 20 starts, but Garcia has a lengthy injury history and also really struggled in his lone playoff start. Ultimately, St. Louis seems likely to exercise the option. They also hold a $12 million club option on Garcia for 2017.
Oct 16 - 1:26 PM

Jaime Garcia took the loss Saturday against the Cubs in Game 2 of the NLDS, allowing four hits and five unearned runs with one walk and two strikeouts in two innings.

Garcia left with a stomach virus after just 45 pitches. After pitching a scoreless first inning, Garcia fell apart in the second by allowing two singles, a walk and a mammoth two-run homer by Jorge Soler. He also committed a brutal error, looking to the wrong base after fielding Kyle Hendricks' sacrifice bunt and then throwing it into right field. Assuming St. Louis sticks with a four-man rotation, Garcia won't pitch again until the NLCS, if the Cardinals make it that far.
Oct 10 - 9:10 PM

Jaime Garcia left Game 2 of the NLDS against the Cubs on Saturday with a stomach virus.

That might explain his subpar performance. Garcia allowed four hits and five runs in only two innings of work. All five of the runs were unearned thanks to a pair of errors including one by Garcia himself when he fielded a bunt by Kyle Hendricks and promptly threw it into right field. Lance Lynn came on to pitch the third inning for St. Louis.
Oct 10 - 7:18 PM

Jaime Garcia will start Game 2 of the NLDS against the Cubs on Saturday at Busch Stadium.

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny made the announcement Thursday afternoon in St. Louis, adding that Michael Wacha will pitch in Game 3 and Lance Lynn will pitch in Game 4. John Lackey is taking Game 1 on Friday evening. Garcia posted a 2.43 ERA in 129 2/3 innings this season for the Cardinals and he's been especially good at home in his career.
Oct 8 - 2:38 PM

Jaime Garcia struggled in his final regular season tune-up on Friday, allowing two runs on six hits over four innings in a loss to the Braves.

Garcia walked a pair and struck out five on the evening. All of the damage against him came in the third inning where Daniel Castro belted a solo home run and A.J. Pierzynski delivered an RBI double. He finishes a phenomenal regular season with a 10-6 record, 2.43 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 97/30 K/BB ratio over 129 2/3 innings. He'll be counted on to play a major role for the Cardinals in the postseason with Carlos Martinez sidelined.
Oct 2 - 11:11 PM

Jaime Garcia was superb in Saturday's 5-1 win over the Brewers, tossing eight innings of one-run ball.

Garcia scattered seven hits while striking out eight in his thorough domination of the Brew Crew. Only an RBI single off the bat of Jonathan Lucroy in the sixth inning prevented him from notching the shutout. This season, the ace southpaw has put up superb numbers when healthy, including a 2.36 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 92/28 K/BB ratio across 125 2/3 innings. His final tuneup prior to the postseason will come in a road start against the Braves next Friday.
Sep 26 - 9:58 PM

Jaime Garcia pitched seven innings of one-run ball but got a no decision in Monday's win over the Reds.

The lefty allowed his only run after a leadoff walk followed by two one-out singles in the first inning, but he settled down from there. Garcia gave up five hits and a pair of walks while striking out five. When he's been on the mound, he's been outstanding, boasting a 2.45 ERA with a 1.03 WHIP and an 84/28 K/BB ratio over 117 2/3 innings. The Cardinals hope he can continue to stay healthy. Garcia is tabbed to make a home start versus the Brewers next.
Sep 21 - 10:55 PM

Jaime Garcia was tagged for six runs in 4 1/3 innings by the Reds on Thursday.

This is far and away Garcia's worst start of the year. He hadn't allowed more than four runs in any other outing (and he had given up four just once), and his only previous outing of fewer than six innings saw him give up one run in five innings. It's the first time the Cardinals had lost with him on the mound since July 28, also against the Reds (they fell 4-0 in that one).
Sep 10 - 10:48 PM

Jaime Garcia tossed seven scoreless innings Saturday in the Cardinals' 4-1 defeat of the Pirates.

Garcia was flat out dominant, striking out nine batters while scattering four hits and a walk. The left-hander boasts a 1.89 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, and 73/21 K/BB ratio in 100 innings (15 starts) for the Cardinals. He's been the best starting pitcher on the best starting pitching staff in the major leagues. A date with the Reds is next.
Sep 5 - 7:08 PM

Jaime Garcia earned the win in Sunday's victory of the Giants, allowing four runs on 10 hits over 6 1/3 innings.

Garcia might have improved to 7-5 with the win, but this wasn't one of his better starts. He kept the Giants in the game by allowing a pair of runs in the first and another pair in the sixth. For the afternoon, he struck out just one batter. Sunday's sketchy outing aside, the 29-year-old southpaw owns a cool 2.03 ERA and 0.93 WHIP over 14 starts. He'll tango with the Pirates in an upcoming home start.
Aug 30 - 7:15 PM

Jaime Garcia held the Diamondbacks to one run over six innings in a win Tuesday.

Garcia was sharp on a night that he didn't have to be, scattering four hits and a walk over his six innings. The left-hander struck out six before exiting. The win improved Garcia to 6-4 with a microscopic 1.77 ERA and 0.92 WHIP through 13 starts. Garcia will next face the Giants in San Francisco on Sunday.
Aug 26 - 1:34 AM

Jaime Garcia was phenomenal in Friday's 3-1 win over the Marlins, twirling 8 1/3 innings of one-run ball.

Garcia scattered six hits while striking out six and walking one. The Marlins did not record an extra-base hit against the pitcher. Simply phenomenal, as can be said for his overall body of work. Garcia will take a 1.57 ERA and 0.90 WHIP into his next start, a home showdown with the Giants.
Aug 14 - 11:43 PM

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak indicated Sunday that the club is likely to exercise Jaime Garcia's $11.5 million option for 2016.

Garcia's health could go at any time, of course, but it's a no-brainer at this point to pick up the option with the lefty not showing any hints of arm issues for months. The southpaw has been fantastic this season, sporting a 1.77 ERA and 0.91 WHIP across 10 starts. The Cards also hold a $12 million option on Garcia for 2017.
Aug 9 - 12:55 PM

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3B1Matt Carpenter
LF1Matt Holliday
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Starting Pitcher
S1Adam Wainwright
2Carlos Martinez
3Michael Wacha
4Lance Lynn
5Jaime Garcia
6John Lackey
Relief Pitcher
R1Trevor Rosenthal
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