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Jaime Garcia | Starting Pitcher | #54

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (29) / 7/8/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 215
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 22 (0) / STL
Contract: view contract details

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Jaime Garcia was dealt his second loss of the season on Saturday, surrendering four runs on four hits over 6 1/3 innings against the Nationals.
Garcia racked up six strikeouts on the afternoon while walking three. All of the damage against him came in the very first inning, where Daniel Murphy delivered an RBI single and Jayson Werth followed with a three-run bomb. He settled in nicely afterwards and kept the Nats at bay the rest of the afternoon, but the damage had already been done. He'll carry a 3.73 ERA and 1.15 WHIP into Thursday's start against the Phillies. Apr 30 - 5:23 PM

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Jaime Garcia allowed two runs over five innings in a loss to the Cubs on Tuesday.

Garcia gave up four hits and walked four, and the (relatively) big blow was delivered by his counterpart, Jason Hammel, whose two-run single with two outs in the fourth inning ended up being the difference. Garcia struck out seven, giving him 26 strikeouts in 20 innings thus far. The southpaw will carry a 2.70 ERA and 0.90 WHIP into Monday's start at the Diamondbacks.
Apr 20 - 12:01 AM

Jaime Garcia pitched a one-hitter and fanned a career-best 13 in shutting out the Brewers on Thursday.

And it wasn't even the pitching performance of the day. Well, maybe it was, considering that the Brewers' lineup is a significant upgrade on the Padres' group that Vincent Velasquez faced. Plus, Garcia allowed two fewer hits. The lone hit against him was a single from Domingo Santana in the sixth. It was Garcia's first complete game since 2011 (he has four in his career, all shutouts). He topped his previous high in strikeouts by three.
Apr 14 - 5:09 PM

Jaime Garcia allowed four runs over six innings in a no-decision against the Braves on Friday.

All four runs scored in the third inning. To his credit, Garcia hung in there and retired 10 out of the final 11 batters he faced. The southpaw finished with six strikeouts against three walks. Health is always the question with Garcia, but he should be a solid option in mixed fantasy leagues as long as he’s out there. He’ll face the Brewers in Milwaukee next week.
Apr 8 - 11:20 PM

Jaime Garcia is dealing with a blister on his left middle finger.

Garcia said it's an issue he deals with each year. He pitched well Sunday in spite of the blister, allowing two runs over five innings. The left-hander said the blister is "nothing that is going to be an issue."
Mar 27 - 3:46 PM

Jaime Garcia will not make his scheduled Grapefruit League start Monday against the Red Sox.

That would normally raise a red flag, especially on a guy with Garcia's injury history, but he and the Cardinals swear it's nothing more than a change of venue. "I didn’t even know the game was going to be televised, I don’t even know who we were playing against, that has nothing to do -- zero," said Garcia. "The competition, none of that. It’s just working on some things back there. You can control the 75 or as many pitches I’m going to throw tomorrow, work where you need to work and be ready for the season."
Mar 21 - 10:08 AM

Jaime Garcia pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings Thursday in his start versus the Mets.

Given the left-hander's history of shoulder problems, it's interesting that the Cardinals aren't babying Garcia at all this spring. He struggled his first time out, but he was strong today, getting seven outs on the ground and two more via the K.
Mar 10 - 4:54 PM

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.
Mon, Nov 2, 2015 03:39:00 PM

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.
Sun, Nov 1, 2015 10:08:00 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.
Fri, Oct 16, 2015 01:26:00 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.
Sat, Oct 10, 2015 09:10:00 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.
Sat, Oct 10, 2015 07:18:00 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.
Thu, Oct 8, 2015 02:38:00 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.
Fri, Oct 2, 2015 11:11:00 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.
Sat, Sep 26, 2015 09:58:00 PM

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2B1Kolten Wong
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2Ruben Tejada
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3B1Matt Carpenter
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S1Adam Wainwright
2Michael Wacha
3Carlos Martinez
4Jaime Garcia
5Mike Leake
6Lance Lynn
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5Seth Maness
6Jonathan Broxton
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