Jaime Garcia
SP ATL
5 days ago

Garcia was traded to the Braves Thursday, Mark Saxon of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Cardinals have plenty of pitching depth, and given the struggles Garcia incurred last season, the left-hander was deemed expendable by the St. Louis brass. Although Garcia did have a down year in 2016, he did pitch well against left-handed hitters (.246 BAA, 22 percent strikeout rate), which could help him garner a spot in the Braves rotation that is incredibly thin in the southpaw department.

Jaime Garcia
SP ATL
1 month ago

The Cardinals will exercise the $12 million option on Garcia's contract for 2017, MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch reports.

EDGE Analysis

Garcia posted both the worst full-season ERA and WHIP of his career in 2016, but he did start 30 games for just the second time in seven years and does not carry a hefty 2017 salary, so the Cardinals decided to pick up the option on his deal. The team has seven strong contenders for a rotation spot heading into next season, so it remains to be seen if Garcia will be part of the top five, and where he will slot in if he is.

Jaime Garcia
SP ATL
2 months ago

Garcia (10-13) lasted just one inning and allowed two runs on four hits in a loss Monday to the Reds.

EDGE Analysis

Brandon Phillips stole third base off Garcia, who didn't appear to look him back at all, and that may have been the real reason why Garcia wasn't even allowed back for the second inning -- after all, he threw just 21 pitches, and worse first innings have been endured. Garcia hasn't won a game since Aug. 16; in eight starts since, he has a 7.36 ERA, 1.64 WHIP, and 0-5 record.

Jaime Garcia
SP ATL
2 months ago

Garcia will re-enter the rotation and start Monday's game against the Reds, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Garcia was briefly moved to the bullpen in order to make room in the rotation for top prospect Alex Reyes, but after Luke Weaver's second poor start in a row, the left-hander will step back into the fold. Garcia's ERA in the second half of the season still sits at a paltry 5.43, but the matchup against Cincinnati on Monday does look favorable.

Jaime Garcia
SP ATL
3 months ago

Garcia has been moved to the bullpen, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

EDGE Analysis

Alex Reyes will take Garcia's spot in the rotation, beginning Sunday in the series finale in San Francisco. Things were trending this way with Garcia struggling yet again Tuesday, failing to complete even two innings as his second-half ERA shot up to 5.65. It's clear he's worn down after failing to reach 130 innings in any of the previous four seasons. His contract includes a $12 million team option for 2017.

Jaime Garcia
SP ATL
3 months ago

Garcia's spot in the Cardinals rotation is being evaluated, MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch reports.

EDGE Analysis

It seems pretty clear that Garcia is fatigued after throwing 164.2 innings this season -- topping 150 innings for the first time since 2011. He has an 8.23 ERA over his last six starts, due primarily to surrendering 10 home runs in just 27.1 innings over that stretch. Alex Reyes is a pretty obvious upgrade at this point, but Reyes is also extremely valuable in the bullpen, so the Cardinals had been hoping Garcia would right the ship so Reyes could remain where he is. Manager Mike Matheny may already know what he is going to do, but he doesn't have to reveal the starter for Sunday's game until later in the week.

Jaime Garcia
SP ATL
3 months ago

Garcia lasted just 1.2 innings and allowed two runs on three hits and two walks in a no-decision Tuesday against the Cubs.

EDGE Analysis

Garcia has now failed to complete four innings in consecutive starts and has failed to finish the fifth in five of his past nine outings. He owned a 3.93 ERA on August 10 but has watched it inflate to 4.65 over just six starts. With the Cardinals falling in the Wild Card standings, it's worth wondering if Garcia will get to make his next start at this rate.

Jaime Garcia
SP ATL
3 months ago

Garcia (10-12) was battered for five runs on eight hits and a walk over just 3.2 innings by the visiting Brewers in Thursday's loss.

EDGE Analysis

That's four consecutive losses for the lefty, and he's given up five-plus earned runs in five of his last eight starts. Garcia's got decent swing-and-miss stuff and some solid seasons on the back of his baseball card, but he's currently in the midst of his worst MLB campaign. The 30-year-old's 4.58 ERA and 1.37 WHIP his highest marks in both categories since a 16-inning stint mostly out of the bullpen in his first cup of coffee (2008). It doesn't get easier with the Cubs coming up on Tuesday.

Jaime Garcia
SP ATL
3 months ago

Garcia (10-11) took the loss Saturday against the Reds despite recording eight strikeouts and giving up two earned runs on six hits and four walks over six innings.

EDGE Analysis

The southpaw couldn't get any offensive support Saturday, taking the loss despite a strong outing. Garcia gave up an RBI double to Zach Cozart in the second and then saw Billy Hamilton score on a passed ball in the fifth for his only two runs. The 30-year-old has now dropped three straight decisions, but the quality start Saturday was his first since Aug. 10 against this same Reds squad. He'll look to right the ship when he takes on the Brewers next Thursday.

Jaime Garcia
SP ATL
3 months ago

Garcia (10-10) allowed five runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out six over seven innings to take the loss Sunday against the Athletics.

EDGE Analysis

Garcia has now been pounded for at least five runs in each of his last three starts to raise his ERA from 3.93 to 4.46. His ERA is at his highest point since his rookie year in 2008, though he still needs just three wins to match his career-high. He'll make his next start Saturday against the Reds.