Jaime Garcia's Numbers Are Good, But He Faced Plenty of Reserves

Jaime Garcia's Numbers Are Good, But He Faced Plenty of Reserves

Jaime Garcia has had a great deal of success against the Phillies in his four career starts against them. There is no denying that. Jayson Stark points out the staggering numbers, "In four starts against them over the last two seasons, he has allowed a TOTAL of three earned runs in 28 innings. That computes to a 0.96 ERA."

All true. But let's take a look at some of the guys who Jamie Garcia started against in the Phillies lineup in those four outings.

Juan Castro started one game at shortstop, Michael Martinez started one game in center field, Ben Francisco started three games in the outfield, Wilson Valdez started one game at second base, Dane Sardinha started one game at catcher, Brian Schneider started one game at catcher, Cody Ransom started one game at second base.

These are just a few more facts to consider. Hunter Pence was only on the team for one of those games (granted he was hitless), while today's starter in left, John Mayberry (3-6 off Garcia), only started two of them.

So yes, Garcia has had success against the Phillies, but not necessarily Charlie Manuel's favorite lineup that you'll see today.

Garcia has been very, very good against the Phillies, including when facing a number of their stars like Rollins, Utley, Polanco, and Howard, but don't automatically expect the same type of performance from Garcia tonight that you saw against the likes of Cody Ransom, Ben Francisco, and Juan Castro.

You can look at these numbers all you want, but then there's the fact that Garcia has no post season stat line under his belt...

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Garcia vs. the current Phils roster:              
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Hunter Pence 15 15 3 1 1 1 2 0 3 .200 .200 .600 .800
Placido Polanco 13 11 2 1 0 0 1 1 1 .182 .231 .273 .503
Ryan Howard 12 12 2 0 0 1 1 0 6 .167 .167 .417 .583
Jimmy Rollins 11 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .091 .091 .091 .182
Shane Victorino 10 9 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 .222 .300 .222 .522
Ben Francisco 9 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .111 .111 .111 .222
Chase Utley 8 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000 .250 .000 .250
Carlos Ruiz 7 3 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 .000 .571 .000 .571
John Mayberry 6 6 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 .500 .500 .667 1.167
Joe Blanton 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000 .000
Michael Martinez 4 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .500 .500 .500 1.000
Raul Ibanez 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .333 .333 .333 .667
Wilson Valdez 3 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .667 1.000
Roy Oswalt 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Brian Schneider 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000
Vance Worley 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000
Total 112 102 19 4 1 2 5 7 21 .186 .243 .304 .547

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Generated 10/4/2011.

No. 10 Washington dominates No. 7 Stanford in rout

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No. 10 Washington dominates No. 7 Stanford in rout

SEATTLE -- Jake Browning threw for 210 yards and three touchdowns, Myles Gaskin added 100 yards and two scores, and No. 10 Washington was dominant on both sides, overwhelming No. 7 Stanford 44-6 on Friday night.

After months of hype that Washington (5-0, 2-0 Pac-12) was on the verge of a breakout, the Huskies showed they were ready for their return to the national stage.

And they did it emphatically, handing Stanford (3-1, 2-1) its worst loss since a 41-3 setback against Arizona State in 2007.

The Huskies raced to a 23-0 halftime lead, scored early in the second half to go up 30-0 and coasted to their biggest victory over an AP Top 10 team since beating No. 5 Southern California 31-0 in 1990. That game 26 years ago announced Washington as a national contender and the Huskies went on to share the national title a year later with Miami -- taking the coaches' version while Miami topped the AP media poll.

Browning was the leader of an efficient offense that scored on six of its eight drives. He threw touchdowns of 3 yards to Dante Pettis, 19 yards to John Ross and capped the night with a 3-yarder to Aaron Fuller with 5:30 remaining. Browning was 15 of 21 and did not commit a turnover.

Equally important was Washington's ability to establish a running game. The Huskies rushed for 214 yards and averaged 5.2 yards per carry.

Meanwhile, Stanford star Christian McCaffrey saw his Heisman Trophy aspirations hit a major speed bump. McCaffrey was held to 49 yards rushing on 12 carries, five catches for 30 yards and continued his streak of never scoring an offensive touchdown in a road game.

It was McCaffrey's fewest yards rushing since 2014 at California when he had 19 yards on three carries.

Stanford's only TD came late in the third quarter on a 19-yard pass from Ryan Burns to J.J. Arcega-Whiteside.

Burns was 15 of 22 for 151 yards, but Washington controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides. Stanford quarterbacks were sacked eight times, six in the first half. Stanford had allowed only four total sacks in the first three games combined.

Stanford was playing short-handed without starting cornerbacks Quenton Meeks and Alijah Holder, starting wide receiver Francis Owusu and starting fullback Daniel Marx. Starting right tackle Casey Tucker limped off with an apparent leg injury late in the fourth quarter.

Takeaways
Stanford: The Cardinal were unexpectedly sloppy. Stanford committed 11 penalties after entering the week as the least penalized team in the Pac-12. There were communication issues in part due to the roaring Washington crowd, but also a lack of sharpness not normally seen from David Shaw's team.

Washington: The defense was up to the task of keeping McCaffrey under control and forcing Burns to beat them through the air. McCaffrey had 34 yards on 10 carries in the first half and forced the Cardinal into numerous long third-down situations. That allowed Washington to bring extra pass rushers to get to Burns.

Up Next
Stanford: The Cardinal head home after two straight weeks on the road to host Washington State.

Washington: The Huskies travel to Oregon looking to snap a 12-game losing streak to the Ducks.

Best of MLB: Darvish stars as Rangers beat Rays 3-1 and clinch home field

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Best of MLB: Darvish stars as Rangers beat Rays 3-1 and clinch home field

ARLINGLTON, Texas -- Yu Darvish looked playoff-ready with a season-high 12 strikeouts in six innings as the Texas Rangers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 on Friday night and clinched home-field advantage throughout the postseason.

The Rangers can be tied by only the Cleveland Indians and they own the tie-breaker by winning the teams' season series. The AL owns home-field advantage in the World Series thanks to its win in the All-Star Game.

Darvish (7-5) allowed one run, three hits and one walk. His 28th career game of double-digit strikeouts is the second-most in a pitcher's first 100 major league starts, topped only by Dwight Gooden (31). Darvish will likely start Game 2 of the Division Series following Cole Hamels.

Shin-Soo Choo returned to Texas' lineup after missing 39 games with a fractured left forearm. Choo pulled a single to right in his first plate appearance since Aug. 15 and went 1 for 4.

Matt Andriese (8-8) gave up three runs and seven hits, including solo home runs to Carlos Beltran and Rougned Odor (see full story). 

Cabrera hits 2 HRs, Tigers move up in playoff race, beat Braves
ATLANTA -- Miguel Cabrera hit two home runs, Ian Kinsler and Justin Upton also connected and the Detroit Tigers moved up in the playoff race, beating the Atlanta Braves 6-2 Friday night.

The Tigers won their third straight and pulled within a half-game of Toronto for the second AL wild-card spot. The Blue Jays lost at Boston 5-3.

The regular season is scheduled to end Sunday, but the Tigers might need to play beyond that. They were rained out against Cleveland this week and would have to make up that game if it impacts their playoff chances.

Daniel Norris (4-2) gave up one run, five hits, two walks and struck out eight in 6 2/3 innings.

The Braves, playing their final series at Turner Field before moving north to the suburbs next year, had won 10 of 11. Matt Wisler (7-13) was chased in the fifth when James McCann's RBI single made it 5-0 (see full story).

Trumbo hits 47th, Schoop 5 RBIs as Orioles top Yankees 8-1
NEW YORK -- Mark Trumbo hit his major league-leading 47th home run, Jonathan Schoop and Adam Jones also went deep in a six-run fifth inning and the Baltimore Orioles beat the New York Yankees 8-1 in steady rain Friday night to maintain their AL wild-card lead.

Baltimore began the night tied with Toronto for the AL's two wild cards at 87-72, with Detroit 1 1/2 games back and Seattle trailing the Tigers by a half-game.

Trumbo and Jones homered off Michael Pineda (6-12), who started with 3 2/3 hitless innings and suddenly became ineffective.

Schoop tied his career high with five RBIs, hitting a go-ahead, two-run double in the fourth and adding a three-run homer in the fifth against James Pazos -- Baltimore's big league-high 250th home run this season.

Yovani Gallardo (6-8) won for just the second time in nine starts since Aug. 5, allowing two hits, three walks and Mark Teixeira's sacrifice fly in six innings (see full story). 

Ortiz delivers another HR, Red Sox beat Blue Jays 5-3
BOSTON -- Opening his final weekend with yet another game-winning homer, David Ortiz lined a two-run shot into the right-field stands to break a seventh-inning tie and help the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 on Friday night.

The AL East champion Red Sox snapped a three-game losing streak and stayed one game ahead of Cleveland in the race for home-field advantage for the playoffs.

The Blue Jays fell one game behind Baltimore in the wild-card race and are now within range of Detroit and Seattle in the fight for the AL's final postseason berth (see full story).