A lot of Detroit Tigers fans were sad to hear that Avisail Garcia was leaving the team at the trade deadline, and Monday will be the first time they will be forced to see him play in the opposition’s garb.
Garcia was called up by the Chicago White Sox last Friday for their weekend series, and he will likely see plenty of time against his former team as the Tigers and White Sox meet in Chicago for a three-game series starting on Monday.
Garcia went 2-for-9 over the weekend with one run scored and four strikeouts. He has preferred playing center at U.S. Cellular Field, saying it’s easier for him to read the ball off the bat as opposed to right field. The White Sox can afford to use Garcia as a center fielder due to the fact that they have a smaller outfield to cover, but it is hard to see him holding down the center field position long term.
Monday’s game will be the first chance for Garcia to make his former team pay for dealing him within the division, but if you asked Tigers fans now, they will most likely tell you that they were happy with the trade and like what they have seen from Jose Iglesias, the player that Detroit received.
Garcia will have to deal with Doug Fister, who posted a masterful performance against the Sox just two starts ago. The White Sox hit .284 as a team in their careers against Fister, but he needed only 88 pitches to go eight innings against them, while allowing just one earned run on August 2.
First and foremost, Garcia will want to get a new equipment bag to ensure he doesn’t catch flack from his teammates. This surely won’t fly again:
— Josh Weiss (@_Josh_Weiss_) August 10, 2013