Jaime Garcia’s Crazy Night and Why He Hasn’t Been Dealt Yet

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After snapping the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 11 game win streak on Thursday night, the Braves, led by Jaime Garcia’s Grand Slam and 7 strong innings, beat the Dodgers 12-3. About 24 hours before his start, Garcia was reportedly on the move to the Minnesota Twins, but the trade was not finalized. I bet the Dodgers wish it was.

Garcia opposed ex-Brave Alex Wood, who had come into the game at 11-0. Wood and fellow southpaw Clayton Kershaw have made the Dodgers great this year, as their combined records are 26-3. Wood gave up an RBI double to red-hot Johan Camargo, and then Tyler Flowers hit a single in the hole to give Atlanta a 2-0 lead after the first inning. Wood dropped a pop fly off the bat of Garcia to give the Braves a 4-0 lead in the third.

Entering the fifth inning, Alex Wood had given up two home runs the entire season. He didn’t finish the fifth inning and gave up two home runs that inning to Freddie Freeman and Jaime Garcia. Yes, Jaime Garcia. Garcia was given a fastball right down the plate on 0-2 and clobbered a Grand Slam over the right field wall.

Wood would leave the game with this line: 4.2 IP, 9 H, 9 R (7ER), 4 BB, 4 K, 2 HR.

The Braves, with a 3-run bomb from Tyler Flowers, went on to win 12-3. Garcia’s final line was: 7.0 IP (W), 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1-3, 1 HR, 4 RBI.

After getting swept by the Cubs and taking a long plane ride to California, the Braves have handled the Dodgers in the first two games of the series. The Braves might be the most inconsistent team in the MLB. The Braves are 47-48, 10 GB of the Nationals in the NL East, and 7.5 GB of Arizona in the Wild Card.

Why Hasn’t Jaime Garcia Been Traded Yet?

The real reason why Garcia hasn’t been dealt yet is because of the prospect the Braves were supposed to get in return. Nick Bundi is a pitcher inside the Twins organization that was supposed to head to Atlanta, and he had Tommy John Surgery in May. With Tommy John, teams have to be very careful that the operation went well and that they can make it back.

Garcia will most likely be traded at the deadline, it’s just a question of whether it’s to the Twins or not. According to sources, Bundi’s situation has made the Braves back off a little bit.

What Does the Postponement of the Trade Mean for Garcia/Braves?

For Jaime Garcia, this doesn’t mean much. He’s a free agent at the end of the season and is owed 5 million dollars, so along with the fact that he’s a left-handed pitcher on a team that is selling at the deadline, he will most likely get moved regardless.

For the Braves, Jaime’s performance/the trade postponement is great. There’s not much more that you can do as a pitcher than hit a Grand Slam and throw 7 quality innings. If the deal with Minnesota doesn’t happen, look for GM John Coppolella to be licking his lips at the incoming offers near the deadline.

Garcia is scheduled in what could be his last start next Wednesday vs Arizona. The Braves are essentially playing poker here. They could be risky, go all-in, and let Garcia make his next start Wednesday, or they will trade him and be conservative. Whatever happens with Garcia, that start last night is a positive for everyone in Braves Country.

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