Cardinals' Garcia, a tough critic, not satisfied with latest outing
Jaime Garcia is tough to please. At least when it comes to evaluating his owner performances. The lefty returned to the rotation last week after missing a month with a groin injury, yet even after a two-hit outing over five-plus innings Sunday, he wasn't happy.
"I've got to do a better job in five innings," Garcia told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as he described frustrating control issues that led to four walks.
"I threw a lot of pitches close to the strike zone,” Garcia said. “They just didn’t swing at it, and I’ve just got to do a better job than that.”
Injuries have by far been Garcia's biggest bugaboo this season. When healthy he's been practically dominant. His 1.98 ERA through nine starts is really the only evidence needed to prove that claim. His 3-4 record won't do the trick, but of course a pitcher's won-loss record never truly tells the whole story.
Like in his return to the rotation on Tuesday against Cincinnati when he gave up four runs but received no run support.
If Garcia can remain healthy, he provides the Cardinals with another tough arm down the stretch and into the postseason. And every manager would love a pitcher who walks away from a start angered by a two-hit, one-run outing.
(h/t St. Louis Post-Dispatch)