Cy Young: Jaime Garcia
Though no Cardinals’ pitcher has had an outstanding campaign so far, Jaime Garcia is one hurler that has turned in some solid outings in 2016. This may be a controversial decision, as Carlos Martinez has also had some good outings, but a few of Garcia’s starts stick out amongst the rest of the rotation.
Jaime has been a solid pitcher for the Cardinals for most of his time in St. Louis. The left-handed starter’s 2016 campaign has not been any different, as he hasn’t allowed more than four earned runs in any of his eight starts this season. To go along with this, he currently holds a 2.78 ERA, which isn’t spectacular, but will get the job done with a little help from the offense.
Garcia may not be having the best season in the MLB so far, but he has turned out some of the best individual starts of 2016. In his second start of the season Garcia pitched a one-hit complete game that included 13 strikeouts. In two other instances, Garcia allowed no earned runs over seven innings of work.
Unlike the others on this list, Garcia will probably not have a great chance at the MLB’s Cy Young award when the season is concluded. For all Cardinals fans care, if he produces solid starts the way he has been, as a middle-rotation guy, he’s doing his job.
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