5:06PM: Garcia left the sport because of discomfort in his proper knee, the Astros introduced.
4:34PM: Astros starter Luis Garcia made an early exit from Recreation 2 of the ALCS, leaving with a doable damage within the second inning. After issuing a four-pitch stroll to Kevin Plawecki to start the body, Garcia was visited on the mound by the workforce coach, and ended up departing after session with supervisor Dusty Baker and pitching coach Brent Strom.
It has already been a nightmarish day for Garcia, who allowed 4 runs within the first inning because of a J.D. Martinez grand slam. Solely 14 of Garcia’s 33 pitches have been strikes, persevering with the management issues that plagued his first postseason begin — Garcia allowed three walks and 5 hits in 2 2/3 innings in Recreation 3 of the ALDS, a 12-6 Astros loss to the White Sox.
The 24-year-old Garcia entered the playoffs on the heels of a high quality rookie season that can absolutely internet him some AL Rookie Of The 12 months consideration. The proper-hander posted a 3.30 ERA/3.91 SIERA and above-average strikeout (26.4%) and stroll (7.9%) charges over 155 1/3 innings for Houston this season, beginning 28 of his 30 video games.
That stable kind hasn’t continued into October, nonetheless, and now Garcia might be at risk of lacking the World Sequence. If Garcia’s damage requires him to be substituted off Houston’s roster, Garcia could be ineligible to pitch for the following postseason spherical, ought to the Astros advance previous the Crimson Sox.
The opposite main concern for the Astros is that if Garcia is severely harm, the workforce is operating quick on pitching. Lance McCullers Jr. (flexor pronator muscle pressure) is already an omission from the ALCS roster and may not even be an choice for the World Sequence if the Astros make it. Recreation 1 starter Framber Valdez lasted solely 2 2/3 innings, requiring a giant effort from Houston’s bullpen to salvage the victory. Jake Odorizzi took over for Garcia in reduction, so the veteran’s availability for future video games may be in query relying on how lengthy he pitches immediately.
Jose Urquidy is scheduled to start out Recreation 3 at Fenway Park, and Odorizzi’s utilization immediately doubtless implies that both Cristian Javier or Zack Greinke (who has been used as a reliever this postseason) can be beginning Recreation 4. With the red-hot Boston lineup hitting every part in sight, the Astros pitching employees faces a tall order for the rest of the ALCS.