SAN DIEGO -- After another shaky road outing on Monday, lefty Jaime Garcia is still scheduled to make his next start Saturday in Los Angeles against the Dodgers, who entered Tuesday's night's games just a game back of St. Louis in the Wild Card standings.
Garcia gave up four runs in just three innings of work Monday, running his road ERA on the season to 6.19, as opposed to a 2.63 mark at Busch Stadium. The gap between his home and road performance is particularly troublesome given his next three outings including Saturday's are scheduled to come on the road.
Yet the Cardinals position in the standings leaves them unable to punt starts in order to give Garcia time to figure out what is a career-long issue -- a fact that manager Mike Matheny said has the team "considering everything."
"Not yet," Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said when asked if the team had made any changes to the scheduled rotation to account for Garcia's struggles. "I don't know if we will, but certainly last night was disappointing. I know before I left the ballpark I spoke to Mike Matheny a little bit about it, but we did not come to a conclusion."
Mozeliak said that in making a decision regarding the enigmatic Garcia, the team is weighing the fact that physically, he appears fit to perform. The Cardinals would also need to decide who might fill in for the 26-year-old.
Mozeliak said Chris Carpenter, scheduled for what would be his final simulated game on Saturday, is not an option at this time. Instead, rookies Shelby Miller, who pitched three innings Monday night, and Trevor Rosenthal would be the likely replacements if the team opted to drop Garcia from the rotation.
Regardless of whether the team takes action regarding Garcia's spot in the rotation, the consensus is clear: his problems on the road are a legitimate problem that the team has to figure out sooner rather than later.
"In terms of body language, he just seems to be a little bit more fidgety or nervous at times when he's on the road," Mozeliak said. "We try to consider all the different angles, and we need to try to put him in a position where he feels he can be successful."