Jaime Garcia SP STL 3 days ago

Garcia allowed two runs on seven hits, walking one and striking out four over seven innings of a 6-2 win against Washington on Friday night.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Garcia (4-4) was coming off an outing where he struggled mightily (five runs allowed in 2.1 innings), but he was in stride here, tossing just 92 pitches (60 for strikes) while completing seven innings. He'll try to keep it moving in the right direction when he takes on the Brewers in Milwaukee next time out.

Jaime Garcia SP STL 1 week ago

Garcia (3-4) allowed five runs on 10 hits and one walk over 2.1 innings to take the loss Sunday against the Diamondbacks.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Garcia struggled mightily to get hitters out and threw 55 pitches in just over two innings of work, leading to the Cardinals being blown out. Coming into this contest, he had his best stretch of the season, as he'd allowed three runs in 19 innings of work over three starts. After this rough outing, his ERA grew to 3.59. He'll make his next start Friday at the Nationals.

Jaime Garcia SP STL 2 weeks ago

Jaime Garcia (3-3) allowed three runs and five hits (all singles) while walking four and striking out three in Tuesday's loss to the Rockies.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Garcia issued a season-high four walks, one of which sparked a two-run fourth inning for the Rockies. Garcia had entered the night having walked just one in 14 innings this month. The walks not only complicated innings for the left-hander, but they also elevated his pitch count, which sat at 82 when he exited after the fifth. Despite the lack of control on Tuesday, Garcia still owns a fantastic 1.03 WHIP through eight starts (50.1 innings). He'll make his next start Sunday against the Diamondbacks.

Jaime Garcia SP STL 3 weeks ago

Garcia (3-2) struck out eight while limiting the Angels to two unearned runs on four hits over seven innings in Wednesday's 5-2 victory.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Fantasy owners likely didn't need to invest much in the oft-injured lefty at this year's draft tables, and they've been rewarded handsomely for whatever they did spend, as Garcia's outdoing last year's fantastic results so far. He's seen his K/9 spike dramatically from last years' 6.73 to 9.53 and is limiting his walks well enough. Of course, health questions will always dog him, as it's been five years since Garcia made more than 20 starts in a season thanks to a litany of shoulder and elbow injuries. Sure, he's been great, but that potential injury downside makes this an intriguing moment to sell high.

Jaime Garcia SP STL 4 weeks ago

Garcia allowed just two hits over seven scoreless innings against the Phillies on Thursday en route to the win. He struck out five and did not issue a walk.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The gem of an outing lowered Garcia's ERA and WHIP to 3.05 and 0.99, respectively. It marked just his second quality start in six turns thus far, but Garcia is missing bats at a higher clip than ever before, and he should remain a viable starter in nearly all formats so long as he's healthy. The control he displayed Thursday was encouraging after he issued at least three walks in four of his first five starts. Garcia lines up to face the Angels in Anaheim next week.

Jaime Garcia SP STL 1 month ago

Garcia (1-2) surrendered four hits, four earned runs and three walks over 6.1 innings in Saturday's 6-1 loss to the Nationals. He struck out six.

Competitive Edge Analysis

A couple of errant pitches made all the difference on a day when there was precious little run support, as Garcia gave up a three-run homer to Jayson Werth in the first inning that he and the Cardinals never recovered from. He was fairly sharp otherwise, although he continues to run into some degree of control problems in every start. The 29-year-old issued a trio of free passes for the second straight appearance, and has a 35:14 K:BB ratio over 31.1 innings in 2016.

Jaime Garcia SP STL 1 month ago

Garcia allowed four runs (three earned) on eight hits and three walks over five innings in a no-decision Monday against the Diamondbacks.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Garcia has issued seven walks in his past two starts and has failed to record an out in the sixth inning both times. Garcia ran out of gas in the sixth inning, as he allowed a double and a triple to open the frame before he was yanked. He needed 92 pitches to record 15 outs and gave up four extra-base hits. Still, Garcia owns a solid 29:11 K:BB in 25 innings thus far with a 3.24 ERA.

Jaime Garcia SP STL 1 month ago

Garcia (1-1) allowed two runs on four hits and four walks over five innings in a loss to the Cubs. He struck out seven.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Garcia was nasty at times, as he induced 13 swinging strikes, but the Cubs were able to use their patience and wait him out. The fourth inning, which produced Chicago's only two runs, began with a leadoff walk to Jorge Soler. The powerful Cubs were otherwise kept silent by Garcia, as he didn't allow a single extra-base hit all game. His ERA sits at 2.70.

Jaime Garcia SP STL 2 months ago

Garcia appears locked into the fifth spot in the rotation heading into the season, MLB.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The Cardinals do not plan to use off days for four-man rotation so Garcia is set to start the fifth game of the year in Atlanta. Garcia could be a very good value if he can stay healthy but that has been the question with him for some time now.

Jaime Garcia SP STL 7 months ago

Garcia's representatives were informed that the Cardinals will assume his $11 million option, Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

After going four straight years without an ERA below 3.50, Garcia was able to put up an excellent season when it mattered. The left-hander registered a 2.43 ERA and 1.046 WHIP in 129.2 innings for 2015, making his 2016 option's price tag acceptable. It's not very reasonable to expect as good a season next year, but Garcia at least figures to begin that year entrenched in the rotation.