With season on line, Braves look to Freddy Garcia

With season on line, Braves look to Freddy Garcia
October 7, 2013, 9:00 am
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You made it through a long day of televised sports. Besides an exciting Sunday of football, there were two National League Division Series games.

The Pirates and Cardinals played an entertaining game in Pittsburgh, and the Dodgers slogged their way to a 2-1 lead over the Braves in their division series.

That one didn’t end until after midnight, a four-hour, one minute affair.

Monday means four Division Series games. Oakland is in Detroit for the third game of their series, which is tied at 1, Boston will try to wrap up its trip to the ALCS at Tampa Bay. Pittsburgh goes for a series win over St. Louis, and Freddy Garcia tries to force a fifth game for Atlanta.

That’s right, Freddy Garcia.

Garcia has won 156 games and another six in eight postseason series.

If you want experience, Garcia is your man. If you want sweating, Garcia is your man, too.

Earlier this season, the Orioles decided that Garcia wasn’t their man.

As an admitted placeholder, Garcia had a 5.77 ERA in 11 appearances. He allowed 16 home runs in 53 innings, a frightful ratio of 2.7 homers per nine innings.

The Orioles sent him to Norfolk in June when no other team claimed him, and he stayed there for two months until they sold him to Atlanta.

In six appearances with the Braves, Garcia had a 1.65 ERA, allowing just two home runs in 27 1/3 innings.

It’s always fascinating to see how former Orioles do with other teams. Luis Ayala is in Atlanta’s bullpen. Koji Uehara has been terrific for the Red Sox, but Freddy Garcia?

“I don’t panic. I just make pitch,” Garcia said in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Garcia was taken off the Orioles’ 40-man roster in June, and the team did him a favor by sending him to Atlanta. He’s made some extra money, and is now auditioning for his 16th big league season.

If he pitches well tonight, it will be a sweet one.