The reports of Jaime Garcia's demise seem to have been greatly exaggerated.
Dismissed as a "head case" by some and as "fragile" by others, it seems like Garcia wasn't expected by many to make a significant contribution to the St. Louis rotation.
But I guess that's why they play the games.
Garcia hurled another gem Tuesday night, holding the Cincinnati Reds to one run on seven hits in eight innings of work. He struck out three and walked one. But the real story was the fact that Garcia was able to keep the Reds from hitting the ball in the air. He recorded 19 ground outs compared to only three fly outs.
The lefty improved his record to 3-1 with a 2.50 ERA. His lone loss came in a game April 19 at Philadelphia in which his defense let him down. He game up eight runs (only four of them earned) on nine hits over three innings to skew his numbers and make the "he can't pitch on the road" crowd foam at the mouth. But two of his three wins have come on the road with impressive wins in Arizona and Washington D.C.
While Garcia's home ERA is a sparkling 1.66, his road numbers aren't terrible even with the Philadelphia loss factored in. He has a 3.77 ERA away from Busch Stadium. Garcia allows a .250 batting average against in St. Louis and a .254 batting average against on the road.
While the starting pitching has been fantastic, the offense continues to frustrate.
On Tuesday Matt Holliday's line drive home run that barely cleared the left centerfield wall in the sixth inning accounted for all the St. Louis scoring.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Garcia
Cardinals Play of the Game: Holliday's homer
Lowlight: Allen Craig and Matt Carpenter continue to struggle. They were both hitless in three at-bats Tuesday.