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The Cardinals may alter their rotation to give Jaime Garcia more home starts

Sep 11, 2012, 11:32 AM EDT

Jaime Garcia, Cameron Maybin AP

Jaime Garcia has stunk on ice away from Busch Stadium this year — he’s 2-5 with a 6.19 ERA away from home and a 2-2 with a 2.63 in St. Louis — so Mike Matheny is thinking of doing something about it:

Matheny said he would always “consider” changes to the rotation that could involve shifting Garcia to more home starts. But for now, he and the Cardinals will try to continue to solve the mystery as they push toward the playoffs.

“I’m not going to tell you one way or another,” Matheny said when asked about potential changes. “We’re going to continue to work at it, even though we can’t really define it. We’ll see what happens. Right now we just go on the mindset that we can do something to help fix it.”

I liked that Matheny also went all Norman Dale with it and noted that “it’s 60 feet, six inches” from rubber to home on the road just like it is at home.  Home/road stuff like this is always confusing given that it’s the same game. I know it’s a real thing for some guys, but I think that — separate and apart from talking about park effects which are a different subject — home/road splits gets talked up way more than they should. Probably because they’re so easily available.

  1. maynardstool - Sep 11, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    It’s definitely a real thing with Jaime. With him it’s between the ears that his problem lies. Guys got filthy stuff when things are going well. His problem is he’s overly emotional and every misplay behind him eventually turns into a big inning for whomever he’s facing.

    He just never looks comfortable on the mound away from home. Unfortunately untill he can reign in his emotions (or learn to harness them in a positive way) he’ll never change

    • paperlions - Sep 11, 2012 at 12:49 PM

      I agree. I am convinced if they dressed Bush up to look like Coors field and told him they were in Colorado, he’d give up 9 runs in 3 IP. For his career, his road ERA is nearly twice his home ERA.

  2. icanspeel - Sep 11, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Even pitching in Petco park didn’t help him last night.

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