Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New Chops Card for the New Year

"I don't panic. I just make pitch."~ Freddy Garcia, following the news he would be starting game 4 of the NLDS

After being released by San Diego during spring training, acquired from Baltimore for cash and getting lit up in his lone AAA appearance for Gwinnett, Garcia's career was looked upon as being dead. Nevertheless, Atlanta recalled the former two-time All-Star and gave him the ball six times (three starts) during the end of the regular season. His showing: a 1-2 record with a 1.65 ERA over 27.1 innings and four times as many strikeouts as walks. His reward: starting the critical game 4 of the NLDS vs. the Dodgers. That decision gave many detractors the opportunity to concede the series to Los Angeles. Granted, the Dodgers did win, but Garcia pitched admirably- 6 innings, striking out 6 while walking 2 and allowing 2 runs- before leaving with the score tied at two. 

The Chief, as Garcia is called, is currently a free-agent. Will he have a job in 2014? I don't know. There was some talk that the Braves might bring him back for 2014, but the signing of Gavin Floyd probably put to rest any chance of that happening. Considering where his career was at on August 31st and how well he did for the Braves big league club, Garcia is a worthy choice for a feature on a day which many look at as a chance for a new beginning. 

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