Posted by Bob Biscigliano in Detroit Tigers
He didn't need it though. Garcia's first start since 2007 was very impressive as he needed just 59 pitches to get through 5 scoreless innings, the minimum IP to be eligible for a victory. After sitting for a long time in the top of the 5th while the Tigers scored 9 runs, Garcia pitched the bottom frame and that's where his night would end. I'm unsure as to whether it was a plan to pitch him a maximum 5 innings or the lengthy time he spent sitting between innings. Willis threw 5 innings on Monday but that's more than likely because he was nearing 100 pitches and Leyland thought it was in Willis' best interest to end his night on a high note at the end of the 5th. At any rate, the Tigers gave him plenty of run support (16 to be exact) during his 5 innings to give him his first victory since 2007. Garcia allowed zero earned runs, 2 hits, walked 1 and struck out 3. Whether or not the entire Texas Rangers team was asleep and handed this game to Garcia and the Tigers hitters like a treat given to a trained dog after its potty break is up in the air. Based off of what I saw though, I think Garcia definitely proved that he can still pitch in the big leagues and deserves a spot on some teams rotation. If he has another start like he did in Texas, I would not be surprised to see the Tigers making him a reasonable offer to return to the team next year. And if Edgar Renteria's prediction is correct, Garcia would be smart to sign because he'll be pitching for another World Series team. Personally, if he has another start like he did last night, I would be more than happy to have him fill out our depleted rotation. I'd much rather have him in there than Zach Miner! Ew. I'm not too worried about Miner being a starter though because even if Garcia doesn't sign, I have heard rumors that Derek Lowe will be heavily persued by the Tags this offseason (my source is Peter Gammons during a Dodgers/Phillies Sunday night baseball game) Also of note: We'll need a lefty if Willis doesn't correct his walk problems, because Kenny Rogers has a fork in him.