(Yeesh. Courtesy of The AP)
Freddy Garcia has now made 10 starts this season. In those 10 starts, he is 4-5 with 60 hits, 22 walks, and 9 HR allowed in 58.1 innings, equaling out to a 3.86 ERA, 4.74 FIP, 4.20 xFIP, and 1.41 WHIP. For the most part, he has been serviceable as the 4th/5th starter, if not downright good at times. But after last night's gong show at The Stadium, it's clear what his Achilles heel is and it really comes as no surprise.
In 2 starts against the Sawx this year, Garcia's line looks like this:
7 IP, 10 H, 5 BB, 8 ER, 3 HR, 5 K, 10.29 ERA, 2.14 WHIP, 0-2
Now when he's been on this season, Freddy has pitched effectively against most offenses. His movement on his off-speed stuff and his pitching intelligence have been enough to allow him to get by with a heater that has about as much zip to it as your average Little Leaguer's. But against a good hitting team, that dog just don't hunt and last night the Sawx, a very good hitting team on a very hot hot streak, just punished Garcia and got enough off of him early before Joe pulled the plug to hold on.
You look around the AL and you don't see many teams with lineups half as good as that of Bahhston, or the Yankees for that matter. As long as he stays healthy, we can expect to get the same marginal service from Freddy against the rest of the league with a good start thrown in here and there, and with the Yankee offense that should be enough to be successful. But if this is the best he can do against Bahhston, then Joe might want to think about juggling the rotation to keep him out of it the next time they come to town instead of Nova.