The St. Louis Cardinals desperately need a third starter behind Adam Wainwright and Lance Lynn in their rotation. St. Louis saw a pitcher that could fill that need in Jaime Garcia on Tuesday with a win for the Cardinals. Garcia gave up just two hits and may be heading back to his career numbers from the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
Garcia won 13 games in each of those two years and was very solid along the way. He had some injury problems last season which held Garcia to just 20 starts but if Tuesday’s start is a sign for the future, it is time to watch out. Garcia seems to be slotted into the No. 2 spot in the St. Louis rotation between Wainwright and Lynn. That is a good spot for him to split up the two right-handed pitchers. I’m not sure how good the Cardinals are going to be this season but if Garcia can win 12 or 13 games, St. Louis could surprise a lot of teams.
The team is already going to be without Chris Carpenter it appears for this season which puts more pressure on Garcia to be successful. It looks like Garcia is up for the task and his funky pitching style only benefits him more. St. Louis is in good hands with Garcia and might finish in second or third place in the National League Central just because of their pitching. There is a long way to go but Garcia’s start could be a sign of things to come for this St. Louis team.