Garcia Not Far From Perfect

From highly imperfect to not far from perfect in six days. That was the what Cardinals lefthander Jaime Garcia was able to do Friday night at Busch Stadium. In his previous start in Colorado, Garcia retired only 10 of 26 hitters he faced in an ugly 31/3-inning, 12-run performance. But against the Chicago Cubs, Garcia set down 24 of 29 hitters as he posted his sixth win in seven decisions and kept his earned-run average at Busch at a ridiculously low 0.46. Garcia improved to 6-1 with a 3.05 ERA and should be one of the team’s representatives at this year’s All-Star game in Phoenix.

In other news from Friday…..

  • Ryan Zimmerman is going to begin a rehab assignment on Sunday.
  • Alexi Ogando improved to 6-0 after a dominating performance against the Indians. Ogando went eight innings and allowed just one run on four hits. He struck out six.
  • Jered Weaver looks to be back on track after throwing seven shutout innings against the Yankees. Weaver gave up just three hits and struck out eight.
  • Edison Volquez could return to the Reds rotation on his next turn after throwing Friday at Triple-A Louisville. Volquez is a good pickup if he is available in your league.
  • Sergio Santos earned a four-out save and is quickly becoming a solid closer. Santos is now 10-for-11 in save opportunities since being named the White Sox closer.
  • Jordan Schafer bunted a ball off his face and could be out with a broken nose. He was playing well and this is a tough break for him.
  • Leo Nunez blew his first save opportunity of the season as Ryan Braun belted a two-run homer in the ninth. Nunez has 19 saves on the season and without any other options, Nunez remains safe as the Marlins closer.
  • Hanley Ramirez has been standing on flights and could be heading to the DL.
  • Vernon Wells (strained groin) could begin his rehab assignment on Sunday at Triple-A.
  • Another injury for Rafael Furcal. This time he left the game with a side injury. Furcal simply can not stay healthy and in my opinion its time for him to retire. Enough is enough. Having said that, Furcal has no fantasy value in any format.
  • Jose Tabata had the game winning hit for the Pirates. Tabata went 1-for-5 and knocked in both Pirates runs. He has really be struggling at the plate so hopefully this will get him going.
  • Adrian Gonzalez went 3-for-5 with an RBI. Just another night at the office for him.