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Entries in Jaime Garcia (2)

Tuesday
Sep112012

Jaime Garcia is no road warrior

Last night, Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia pitched three innings and allowed seven hits and four runs at the Padres clobbered the Cards, 11-3. Garcia has not had a good season, standing now at 4-7 with a 4.41 ERA and a 1.469 WHIP.

But this season, Garcia has been particularly toxic on the road. He has pitched 48 innings at home and 48 innings on the road, after that there is no similarity between Garcia's performances at home and on the road.

Take a look:

Jaime Garcia

Home

Away

Games Started

7

9

Innings pitched

48.0

48.0

Wins

2

2

Losses

2

5

W-L %

.500

.286

ERA

2.63

6.19

Hits

52

63

Runs

18

33

Earned Runs

14

33

Home Runs

0

6

Walks

9

17

Wild Pitches

3

6

WHIP

1.271

1.667

SO/9

7.9

6.6

SO/BB

4.67

2.06

Provided by Baseball-Reference.comView Original Table

 

Check out the dramatic differences in Garcia's home and road graphics:

Garcia at home:

Garcia on the road:

Here are the numbers that extrapolate what you see above. 

Jaime Garcia

Home

Away

At Bats

181

194

Hits

52

63

Runs

18

33

Doubles

12

12

Triples

1

2

Homers

0

6

Walks

9

17

Strikeouts

42

35

Batting average against

.287

.325

On-Base percentage

.318

.372

Slugging

.365

.490

OPS

.682

.862

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: Generated 9/11/2012.
 

If the Cardinals reach the postseason, you can be sure that Mike Methany will be adjusting his rotation to allow Garcia hear the hometown cheers.  

Thursday
Aug182011

Jonny Venters' Dominant Slider

Jonny Venters has thrown 191 sliders this season, and opposing hitters have swung at 103 of those sliders.  Yet, of those 103 swings, they have hit nothing but air 70.9% of the time.  That leads all major league pitchers throwing sliders.  Sergei Santos of the Chicago White Sox comes in second with 64.9%, and there are only five other pitchers who have produced a Miss% rate on sliders greater than 50% this season.

(Click image to enlarge)

You can see that he keeps the slider away from lefties, missing the strike zone the majority of the time, while keeping it on the bottom of the zone to righties.  Venters has gotten opposing hitters to swing at his sliders located out of the zone 51.5% of the time.  In fact, Lefties have chased 61% of sliders he's thrown out of the zone, which ranks 3rd best in the league behind Jaime Garcia and Joel Hanrahan.

Last season, Venters was getting hitters to swing and miss at 63.7% of his sliders and chase 41.5%.  While both are still excellent overall (his Miss% also led the league in 2010), his current slider has gone above and beyond.  Lefties are hitting just .115 against, while righties have yet to get a hit in 35 plate appearances decided on a slider.  In fact, in the 61 PA in which a Jonny Venters slider was the deciding pitch, 51 have been strike outs (47 swinging, 4 looking).  The fact that he can throw his slider effectively to both righties and lefties is a major reason he hasn't allowed an earned run since June 29th.