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Jaime Garcia (SP)

St. Louis Cardinals - 67% owned

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Jaime Garcia allowed one run over 5 2/3 innings on Wednesday against the Padres. Garcia gave up six hits and two walks, striking out four. He is now 7-6 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: Garcia had given up four runs in each of his last two starts, so it was encouraging to see him pitch well against the Padres in the second game of the doubleheader. Garcia dropped his ERA to below 4.00, but his WHIP still sits at an unsightly 1.36. His next start will be against the Mets.

 

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Jaime Garcia allowed four runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out two over 6 1/3 innings on Friday against the Marlins. Garcia did not factor into the decision and remains at 6-6 on the year.

Fantasy Impact: Garcia was pitching well until the sixth inning, when he gave up three runs and allowed the game to be tied at four. Garcia has given up at least four earned runs in three of his last four starts, and his ERA now sits at 4.11. His next start will be next week against the Padres.

 

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Jaime Garcia will start the Cardinals' first game after the All-Star break, on Friday against the Marlins. (Source: Jenifer Langosch on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Garcia struggled toward the end of the first half, giving up at least four runs in two of his last three starts. With Giancarlo Stanton hitting well and the rest of the Marlins lineup heating up, Garcia does not make a very good play on Friday.

 

Jaime Garcia allowed four runs over five innings to the Pirates on Wednesday. Garcia gave up four hits and three walks, striking out six. He did not factor into the decision.

Fantasy Impact: Just another unspectacular start from Garcia, who continues to plod along without providing much value. Garcia now has a 4.01 ERA and 1.35 WHIP, and is purely a matchups play. He won't start again until after the All-Star break, and it's unclear how the Cardinals will set their rotation.

 

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Jaime Garcia allowed one run over eight innings on Friday against the Brewers. Garcia gave up four hits and four walks, striking out six. He moved to 6-6 with the win.

Fantasy Impact: Garcia has had an up-and-down season in 2016, and is mainly a matchups play at this point. He has pitched much better at home (3.31 ERA) than on the road (4.40 ERA), and so can be in consideration for his next start at home against the Pirates.

 

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Jaime Garcia allowed five runs over 5 2/3 innings to the Mariners on Sunday. Garcia gave up 10 hits and two walks, striking out six. He did not factor into the decision.

Fantasy Impact: Garcia continued his disappointing June, and he now has a 4.09 ERA on the season. He's nothing more than a matchups play, but he faces Milwaukee next weekend, where he can probably be started in a pinch.

 

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Jaime Garcia outduels John Lackey

Tue, Jun 21st 9:23am EDT
By Dan Harris

Jaime Garcia moved to 5-6 on the season by outdueling John Lackey in Monday's win over the Cubs. Garcia allowed two runs on six hits and two walks over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out six.

Fantasy Impact: This was a pretty surprising start from Garcia, who has struggled in recent weeks, and was likely on your bench for a tough matchup with the Cubs. Although Garcia had six strikeouts, he induced only five swinging strikes all night, so his stuff was not as good as the results. He'll take on the Mariners in Seattle in his next start.

 

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Jaime Garcia allowed four runs (three earned) over 6 1/3 innings in a loss to the Astros on Tuesday. Garcia gave up 8 hits and struck out two. The loss dropped Garcia to 4-6 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: Garcia has really struggled in recent weeks after getting off to a great start this season. As a ground-ball specialist, Garcia needs an excellent infield defense to be effective, and the Cardinals lack that. With an ERA pushing 4.00 and a mediocre strikeout rate, Garcia is just a matchups play at this point. He should be benched for his next start against the Cubs.

 

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Jaime Garcia allowed five runs in 4 2/3 innings on Wednesday against the Reds, and did not factor into the decision. He gave up 13 hits and one walk, striking out three.

Fantasy Impact: It wasn't long ago that Garcia was one of the surprise standouts of the season, but his ERA and WHIP are now all the way up to 3.89 and 1.34, respectively, and his K rate has slipped. He's at the point where he's a fringe starter in mixed leagues based on matchups. His next start comes at home against the Astros, where he can probably be started if you're desperate.

 

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Jaime Garcia pitched five innings and allowed two runs on Wednesday in a loss to the Brewers. He gave up five hits and three walks, striking out three. The loss dropped Garcia to 4-5 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: Garcia is lucky the damage wasn't worse, as he twice left the bases loaded. He's having a solid season overall, with a 3.48 ERA and 1.22 WHIP, but his strikeout rate has fallen off after his hot start. Thoughts of a Garcia breakout are gone, but he's still a solid, if unspectacular, option at the back-end of a mixed league fantasy staff. He's a good option next week at Cincinnati.

 

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Jaime Garcia outdueled Max Scherzer on Friday night, throwing seven innings and allowing two runs. Garcia gave up seven hits and one walk, striking out four. Garcia moved to 4-4 on the year.

Fantasy Impact: Good bounceback from Garcia, coming off of Sunday's disaster against the Diamondbacks. Garcia has had a solid season, with a 3.47 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and nearly a K per inning. He's a must-start option next week against the Brewers.

 

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Jaime Garcia lasted only 2 1/3 innings on Sunday in a loss to the Diamondbacks, giving up five runs and 11 baserunners. Garcia fell to 3-4, and his ERA rose to 3.59.

Fantasy Impact: This was by far Garcia's worst start of the year, as he simply could not contain the Diamondbacks' hitters. Garcia said after the game that he struggled with his arm slot, so it sounds like this is more of a mechanical issue than anything else. Given how good Garcia has been this season, he's earned your forgiveness after a rare rough outing. He's still a decent option next weekend on the road against the Nationals.

 

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Jaime Garcia allowed three runs over five innings on Tuesday against the Rockies, and was saddled with the loss. Garcia gave up five hits and four walks, striking out three. He is now 3-3 on the season with a 2.86 ERA.

Fantasy Impact: Garcia just couldn't get into a groove with his control on Tuesday and never looked fully comfortable. The good part about Garcia is that he's avoided the disastrous outings, and three runs over five innings is about what his poor starts look like. He's a solid, middle-of-the-rotation option for mixed leagues, and should be a fine play in his next start this weekend at home against the Diamondbacks.

 

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Jaime Garcia pitched seven innings and allowed two runs, neither of which was earned, against the Angels on Wednesday night. He gave up just four hits and one walk, and struck out eight. He is now 3-2 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: Garcia is currently pitching like an elite starter, with a 2.58 ERA, a 0.95 WHIP, and more than a strikeout per inning. Given his career K/9 rate of 7.3, it's doubtful that Garcia will be able to maintain his current strikeout pace. However, his ERA and WHIP are close to last year's numbers, so they may be sustainable. He's a must-start option, including in his next start against the Rockies in St. Louis.

 

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Jaime Garcia dominates Phillies

Thu, May 5th 5:28pm EDT
By Dan Harris

Jaime Garcia threw seven shutout innings on Thursday against the Phillies, allowing just two hits and striking out five in a 4-0 victory. The win moved Garcia to 2-2 on the year.

Fantasy Impact: Garcia now has a 3.05 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP on the season with more than a strikeout per inning. Right now, Garcia is a must start option, but keep in mind that he hasn't reached 130 IP in a season since 2011. For now, make sure he's in your lineups, including for his next start against the Angels.

 

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Jaime Garcia gave up four runs over 6 1/3 innings on Saturday against the Nationals. He allowed four hits and three walks, striking out six. His ERA is now at 3.73 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: All of the runs came in the first inning on Saturday, highlighted by Jayson Werth's three-run home run. Garcia had a very solid start after the first-inning hiccup. He's a solid low-end starter, especially next week against Philadelphia.

 

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Jaime Garcia was unable to hold an early lead against the Diamondbacks on Monday, allowing four runs (three earned) in five-plus innings. He gave up eight hits and three walks, striking out three.

Fantasy Impact: Disappointing start for Garcia, who battled his command all night. Garcia is still having a solid season with a 3.24 ERA, a 1.16 WHIP, and more than a strikeout per inning, but a lot of that comes from his dominant game against the Brewers a couple of weeks back. Garcia is still a solid low-end starter. His next start will come at home against the Nationals this weekend.

 

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Jaime Garcia took the loss against the Cubs on Tuesday, despite throwing five effective innings. Garcia allowed two runs on four hits and four walks, striking out seven.

Fantasy Impact: Garcia now sits with a 2.70 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP. He's struck out 26 in only 20 innings. He's a must-start option right now. His next start should come against the Diamondbacks in Arizona.

 

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Jaime Garcia was utterly dominant against the Brewers on Thursday, throwing a complete game shutout and allowing only two baserunners. He struck out 13.

Fantasy Impact: As we've said here before, Garcia's problem has always been health, not effectiveness. Garcia's next start is against the Cubs at home. Although you shouldn't expect a complete game shutout, Garcia needs to be owned and started in all leagues for now.

 

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Jaime Garcia took a no-decision against the Braves on Friday, allowing four runs over six innings of work. He gave up five hits and three walks, striking out six.

Fantasy Impact: Garcia pitched much better than his line, as he gave up all four runs and five hits in the third inning, pitching hitless ball in the other five innings. He was not helped out by his defense in the third, with Randal Grichuk failing to grab a catchable ball. He should be fine for his next start on Wednesday at home versus the Brewers.

 

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The Cardinals will look to Jaime Garcia Friday for their first win of the season against the soft-hitting Braves.

Fantasy Impact: Garcia will face the Braves who have scored only four runs through their first two games. He'll be an affordable pitcher in DFS games tonight and could put up big numbers. The Braves only lineup threat is Freddie Freeman, who is 4-for-7 versus Garcia with two home runs.

 

Jaime Garcia is dealing with a dead nail and a recurring blister on his left middle finger. Despite receiving treatment on the finger after his start against the Marlins on Sunday, Garcia said that he has dealt with the problem for years, and that it will not be a significant issue going forward. (Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch )

Fantasy Impact: The finger injury certain did not bother Garcia much during his Sunday start, as he turned in a strong outing. Fantasy owners should not be overly concerned with the injury at this point, and should not move Garcia down their draft boards.

 

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Jaime Garcia pitched five strong innings against the Marlins, allowing two runs on two hits and two walks, striking out four.

Fantasy Impact: It was good to see Garcia pitch well in one of his last spring outings. Garcia's problem has always been health, not effectiveness. He should be drafted as a lower-tier starter but, given his injury history, fantasy owners probably should not bank on a full season.

 

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Marco Gonzalez will get the start instead of Jamie Garcia on Monday as Garcia wants to do some added work on the backfields on Monday. (Source: Brian Stull on twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Nothing to worry about here as Garcia is just getting added work in before opening day. Keep him as a solid mid-staff pitcher for this upcoming fantasy season.

 

Jaime Garcia tosses a clunker

Wed, Mar 16th 7:18pm EDT
By Roy Widrig

Jaime Garcia had a poor start on Wednesday, allowing four runs on five hits and two walks.

Fantasy Impact: The start will skew Garcia's numbers to make his spring stats look poor, but this was likely just one bad outing. Garcia should be a solid bargain pick late in drafts.

 

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LHP Jaime Garcia gave up three hits over 3 2/3 innings in Thursday's game vs. the Mets. He struck out two, issued one walk but did not concede any runs.

Fantasy Impact: This was far more encouraging by the 29-year-old having given up two home runs in his first Spring Training outing. Home runs are not usually a problem, he only allowed six over 129 2/3 innings last year. His ratios were outstanding in his 20 starts - 2.43 ERA and 1.05 WHIP but he is not a strikeout machine (6.73 SO/9). If he can stay healthy, Garcia could be an excellent pitcher for your rotation. Unfortunately, based on his injury history, that is a big if.

 

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Garcia will take the mound for Game 2 of the NLDS against the Cubs on Saturday at home. He will face off against the Cubs Kyle Hendricks.

Fantasy Impact: Garcia will be making his first postseason appearance when he takes the mound for the Cardinals on Saturday. Garcia will be pitching at home, where he has been terrific this season posting a 1.70 ERA in 10 home starts. Garcia did not face the Cubs this season.

 

In his shortest start of the season, Garcia went four innings on Friday against the Braves giving up two runs on six hits. He did record five strikeouts, but issued two walks. Garcia took the loss to end the season with a 10-6 record.

Fantasy Impact: Despite the rough final outing, Garcia has had a very strong season posting a career-low 2.43 ERA and 1.05 WHIP over 129 2/3 innings. Garcia will be one of the Cardinals starters in the postseason.

 

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The St. Louis Cardinals still only currently rank 22nd in all of baseball in runs scored at 4.0 per contest. Granted, the Cards only surrender 3.0 RPG. Jamie Garcia will take the mound on Friday night against the Atlanta Braves in hopes of continuing the Cardinals pitching dominance. (Source: SportsbookReview.com)

Fantasy Impact: Cardinals' pitching has been fantastic all year long and Jaime Garcia deserves some of that credit. Garcia has a sparkling 2.36 ERA along with a 10-5 record, this season. Against a lowly Atlanta Braves lineup, Garcia has a great chance to reach win No. 11. Start Garcia with confidence in standard and DFS leagues.

 

Garcia pitched well on Monday, but did not get a win to show for it. Garcia pitched seven innings only allowing one run on five hits. He struck out five Reds and allowed two walks. The Cardinals went on to score two runs in the 8th inning for a 2-1 victory.

Fantasy Impact: Garcia continues to be dominate at home. He now has a 1.78 ERA at home in nine starts. Look for Garcia to have another strong outing in his next start at home against the Brewers.

 

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Garcia notched his 9th win of the season on Wednesday moving his record to 9-5. Garcia threw 6 1/3 innings allowing four runs on eight hits. He struck out four Brewers in the Cardinals 5-4 win.

Fantasy Impact: Following up his worst outing of the season last time out, Garcia was not at his best again on Wednesday, but it was enough to get the victory. Garcia has now allowed 10 runs in 10 2/3 innings over his last two starts. Garcia will look to get back to his previous success in his next start against the Reds at home.

 

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Garcia took the loss in a 11-0 route by the Reds to move his record to 8-5 on the season. Garcia only lasted 4 1/3 innings while allowing six runs and 10 baserunners (six hits, four walks).

Fantasy Impact: Garcia had his worst outing of the season on Thursday. Garcia had won three consecutive starts and was coming off of a nine strikeout performance against Pittsburgh in his last outing. Garcia now carries a 2.33 ERA into his next scheduled start on the road against the Brewers. Continue to start Garcia with confidence despite this outing.

 

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Garcia Improved his record to 7-4 by throwing 6 1/3 innings while allowing 10 hits and 4 runs against the Giants on Sunday. Garcia did not issue any walks and only had one strikeout.

Fantasy Impact: Garcia has now pitched at least 6 innings in 13 out of 14 starts. He finished a strong August where he went 4-0 with a 2.08 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in 6 starts. Up next for Garcia will be a home start against the Pirates.

 

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Garcia picked up his 6th win on the season, holding the Diamondbacks to one run over 6 innings. Garcia only allowed 4 hits, while walking one and striking out 6.

Fantasy Impact: Garcia has been a very consistent pitcher all season. He has not allowed more than 3 runs in any of his 13 starts. Continue to ride Garcia in his next scheduled start on the road against the Giants.

 

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Garcia registered a quality start on Wednesday against the Giants, giving up 3 runs over 6 1/3 innings. Garcia kept the Cardinals in the game, but didn't last long enough to pick up the win in the Cardinals 4-3 victory.

Fantasy Impact: Garcia struck out 5 batters, while allowing just 1 walk, bringing his K:BB ratio to 57:19 over 80 2/3 innings. He will carry a 1.79 ERA and 0,93 WHIP into his next start on the road against the Diamondbacks.

 

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Jaime Garcia was ace-like in his performance on Friday night. The St. Louis Cardinals pitcher threw 8.1 innings of six hit ball while giving up six hits, one earned run and adding six strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: Garcia is on a roll right now and it's probably too late to pick him up as a free agent or buy-low in a trade. Well, for the owners that have him, sit back and enjoy a low-ERA, quality starts and a few more wins throughout the rest of the season.

 

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Garcia allowed six base runners (two hits and four walks) in seven innings and picked up four strikeouts to get his 4th win of the season on Saturday night against the Brewers. He helped extend the St. Louis Cardinals pitchers scoreless innings streak to 36.

Fantasy Impact: Garcia currently has a 1.77 ERA and 0.91 WHIP thus season in 10 starts. Expect the ERA and WHIP to raise some over the rest of the season, as Garcia has been a little bit "lucky" with a .218 BABIP and 3.19 xFIP. He should remain a streaming option for your fantasy team when the matchup is right.

 

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Jaime Garcia fared well against a potent Colardo Rockies lineup on Sunday. The Cardinals' pitcher threw five innings while giving up two hits, one earned run and four strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: Besides the no-decision, the only other negative was Garcia's four base on balls. Garcia has pitched well in his return from the DL, but doesn't have the wins to show for it. Continue to roll with Garcia in all standard leagues as the wins should come sooner than later.

 

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In Garcia's return from the DL, he tossed six innings of solid ball while giving up three earned runs (five strikeouts) and four hits.

Fantasy Impact: Unfortunately, Garcia settled for the loss, but overall it was a successful return. Joey Votto was the only batter to really hurt Garcia on Tuesday (3-for-3, two runs, three RBI and a homerun). But besides Votto, fantasy owners should be encouraged by this start from Garcia, he makes for a fine mid-tier pitcher moving forward.

 

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Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia threw the first five innings of a combined no-hitter on Thursday night at Low-A Peoria and has been cleared to return to the starting rotation after just the one rehab start (Source: NBCSports)

Fantasy Impact: Garcia looks healthy and ready to reclaim his continued success this season. With a sparkling 1.69 ERA and .88 WHIP, Garcia should be ready to go against the Cincinnati Reds. The matchup against the Reds is a tough one, but Garcia has been great and pitches on the best team in baseball.

 

Jaime Garcia to return Tuesday

Mon, Jul 27th 8:46am EDT
By Blaine Blontz

The St. Louis Cardinals will activate SP Jaime Garcia in time to make Tuesday's start. Garcia has been out since June with a strained groin. (Source: Alex Farrario on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Garcia has been limited by injuries yet again this season, but he's been solid when he has been able to take the mound (1.69 ERA). His fantasy value has always been limited by his injury issues and lack of strikeouts, but he has posted a solid ERA and WHIP over his career while pitching for one of the best teams in baseball.

 

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Garcia (groin) is slated to throw live batting practice Saturday, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Barring any setbacks, Garcia should make a full recovery by next week. Before landing on the DL, Garcia was pitching lights out and was on a serious roll. Hopefully, Garcia can pick up where he left off and speaking of picking up, if Garcia is available in your league go make a move for him now.

 

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The St. Louis Cardinals placed SP Jaime Garcia on the 15-day disabled list with a groin injury. (Source: Jenifer Langosch on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Prior to hitting the DL, Garcia missed his previously scheduled start due to the groin ailment. It's a tough blow for the Cardinals and fantasy owners alike, as Garcia was 3-3 with a 1.69 ERA in seven starts this season.Left-hander Tim Cooney will make Garcia's next scheduled start.

 

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St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia had his scheduled start Thursday against the San Diego Padres scratched because of a mild left groin strain, but he says he is hoping to pitch again next week against the Chicago Cubs and will avoid the disabled list for now. (Source: Sports Illustrated )

Fantasy Impact: Fantasy owners can breathe a little easy knowing that Garcia doesn't need a trip to the DL, right now. Garcia has ptiched great over his last few starts, so hopefully this injury doesn't slow down his momentum. If you're a Garcia owner, it isn't a bad idea to keep a backup plan just in case he needs a week or so of rest.

 

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Jaime Garcia threw a great game against the Miami Marlins on Wednesday. Garcia finished the game with seven innings pitched, one earned run and four strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: Garcia has been on a roll since returning from the DL. In the last three games, Garcia has given up just one earned run. If Garcia is still hanging around on the waiver wire, for some reason, go and grab him now. Garcia may not strikeout a lot of batters, but he can pile up some wins and keep your team ERA to a minimum.

 

Jaime Garcia went head to head with Mike Pelfrey on Thursday afternoon and despite a quality start fell short of a win. Garcia finished the game with six strong innings, zero earned runs and four strikeouts. (Source: Commentary from SportsbookReview.com’s MLB analyst, Willie Bee)

Fantasy Impact: The St. Louis Cardinals couldn't have asked for more since Garcia returned from the DL on May 21. The veteran left-hander now sports a sparking 1.78 ERA and .90 WHIP. Garcia has done his part, but needs is a little more run support to improve his 2-3 record. If Garcia is still hanging around on the waiver wire go pick him up and plug him into the middle of your pitching rotation.

 

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Jaime Garcia with a dominant start

Fri, Jun 12th 10:53pm EDT
By Kerry Motes

Cardinals LHP Jaime Garcia pitched eight strong innings on Friday night, striking out eight and while allowing four infield hits and walking zero in the Cardinals 4-0 victory over the Royals

Fantasy Impact: Garcia has continued his strong start after starting the season on the disabled list. Garica lowered his ERA to 2.06 for the season and has been dominate, if unlucky in all five starts this season. He improved to 2-3 and is giving the Cardinals and owners everything they could ask for.

 

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The St. Louis Cardinals have the lowest ERA in baseball at 2.71 and Jamie Garcia (1-3, 2.67) has made a strong contribution to that low figure since coming off the DL. Garcia will be on the mound Friday night against Kansas City Royals' Yordano Ventura (3-5 4.62 ERA). (Source: SportsbookReview.com’s MLB analyst, Doug Upstone)

Fantasy Impact: Garcia will be put to the test on Friday night against the (No. 4 ranked batting average .269 average) Royals. The southpaw has pitched well in his return to the starting rotation, but the Royals present a tough matchup at home. Garcia doesn't have much experience against the Royals (10.80 ERA, 5.0 innings pitched in the last three years), so he's best suited for a start in deeper leagues.

 

Jaime Garcia allowed two earned runs on six hits in seven innings against the Dodgers on Saturday. He also had six strikeouts in the outing.

Fantasy Impact: Jaime drew the short straw, having to go up against Kershaw, but pitched admirably on Saturday. He didn't allow a run until the seventh inning, and the six Ks were the most Garcia has had in his four starts this season. He's looking like his old self, sporting an excellent 2.67 ERA, and should be active in all fantasy formats.

 

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Jaime Garcia has begun his throwing regimen again down in the Cardinals spring training complex in Florida. (Source: Derrick Goold)

Fantasy Impact: GM John Mozeliak said Jaime could be back on a mound within two weeks, and could start a rehab assignment following treatment. Garcia has had some serious injury issues in the past and doesn't seem to be able to stay healthy. For now Carlos Martinez is locked in as the fifth starter.

 

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Jaime Garcia is going to hit the shelf before the season even begins. He's being placed on the DL for shoulder inflammation. Carlos Martinez will be officially tabbed the 5th starter. (Source: Derrick Goold)

Fantasy Impact: No one is really shocked yet again Garcia is on the disabled list. It's a shame his body could never hold up to match the talent he always displayed.

 

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Jaime Garcia went 4 IP giving up 1 R, 2 H and striking out 5. It was a much sharper performance than his first start and will be looking to build on that.

Fantasy Impact: Garcia may have just catapulted himself back into relevancy for the last starting spot. Between Carlos Martinez, Marco Gonzales, and Jaime Garcia, there may be no tighter race for a pitchers spot right now.

 

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Last season, SP Jaime Garcia started in just 7 games before his season was brought to an end by shoulder surgery due to thoracic outlet syndrome. The Cardinals medical staff has cleared him to resume full activity entering spring training, but it remains unclear where Garcia fits into the Cardinals' plans. However, Garcia has made it publicly known that he is a "starting pitcher" regardless of what the front office believes his role will be in 2015. (Source: STLToday)

Fantasy Impact: Garcia has a poor track record for staying healthy, to say the least. In 2008, he underwent Tommy John surgery after just 2 innings in the major leagues. He excelled in the starting rotation from 2009-2011, but in 2012, he was shutdown, mid-season, due to shoulder discomfort. In 2013 he started 9 games before undergoing surgery on his torn labrum. In 7 starts in 2014, Garcia was 3-1 with a 4.12 ERA in 43.2 innings. Despite Garcia's plans to rejoin the rotation this year, Cardinals GM, John Mozeliak, has said that he doesn't believe that Jaime is ready to pitch at the major league level.