Freddy Garcia is running out of chances
The Yankees’ patience with Freddy Garcia has to be running thin, as the veteran right-hander offered them only 1 2/3 innings this afternoon against the Tigers, the second straight start he has only been able to provide five outs.
Joe Girardi’s defense of Garcia has largely been that he has seen him succeed before and that he’ll figure it out, but it was plain to see that Garcia had no chance against the Tigers. They waited on him, made him throw the ball over the plate and then crushed it when he did.
Andy Dirks belted a three-run homer on an 0-2 pitch in the first inning and pretty much everything was hit hard in the second inning, highlighted by Brennan Boesch’s run-scoring double and Miguel Cabrera’s two-run single, both to right field. The Yankees appreciated what Garcia gave them in 2011, but they may have gone back to the well one too many times with him.
At this point, David Phelps or D.J. Mitchell could be better options until Andy Pettitte returns (though, let’s not forget, Phil Hughes hasn’t exactly figured it all out yet either).