Yet, the ballclub led by manager Mike Matheny buckles down, goes to work each day with who they have in uniform and approach the game the right way.
That trend continued last night with the dominant performance on the mound of Jaime Garcia, who went eight strong, striking out 6 and walking none en route to a victory which has his record standing at 2-3 with a 2.06 ERA.
Garcia’s performance strongly defines the 2015 St. Louis Cardinals because he himself was injured at one point in the year, but has bounced back with a strong start to the season.
Said Matheny to mlb.com about his pitcher following Friday’s game:
"“When he’s healthy, that’s kind of what you expect. I think that’s a pretty big statement, but he’s that good. When he’s healthy, it’s no fun for the hitters. You’re seeing awkward at-bats and awkward swings because his stuff can be that different than everyone else’s.”"
When the St. Louis Cardinals get that kind of production from the veteran, it provides another dynamic because he is left-handed, but can be downright “nasty” when he is on his A game.
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With Lance Lynn out for at least 15 days after a trip to the DL, they need guys like Garcia, Tyler Lyons who was called up to make at least a start or two, and the rest of the rotation (Wacha, Lackey, Martinez) to elevate their games even more.
As for the injury to Matt Holliday, well that is a different story because his presence will sorely be missed in his absence.
However, the man who has been leading the charge on offense similarly to last season, has been Jhonny Peralta. Peralta has been on an absolute tear and is a pretty good lock to start July’s All-Star Game.
Although both ace Adam Wainwright and first baseman Matt Adams have been ruled out for the season, others out with injuries such as Lynn, Holiday, Jordan Walden, and Marco Gonzales will all be back at some point and could contribute to a team, that is still standing tall and a team that won’t let injuries dictate how they want the rest of the season to go.
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