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Jaime Garcia tidbits from Wednesday’s wreckage

A handful of factoids relating to St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jaime Garcia.

Jaime Garcia (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)In the midst of the wreckage of the St. Louis Cardinals’ Wednesday night’s home loss to Florida by a 5-1 score, researcher Tom Orf pulled some factoids relating to tough-luck starter Jaime Garcia.

From the first inning on, Garcia’s pitch count was elevated due to shaky defense behind him. Yet he worked around baserunners put on after fielding misses by both Skip Schumaker and Felipe Lopez to strike out the side in the initial frame.

It tied Garcia with ace Chris Carpenter for the most such innings this season at three. One quarter of the way into the season, the 2010 club is on pace to have more “strike out the side” innings in any year since at least 2000, when Rick Ankiel led the way with a dozen on his own.

Striking out the side, Cardinals (2000-current)

Year Team Leader #
2010 9 Carpenter/Garcia 3
2009 20 Wainwright 4
2008 24 Wellemeyer 4
2007 20 Wainwright 6
2006 24 Carpenter 7
2005 26 Carpenter 9
2004 24 Carpenter/Marquis 4
2003 19 Williams 3
2002 20 Finley 5
2001 26 Hermanson/Ankiel/Morris 4
2000 35 Ankiel 12

Garcia stranded nine runners in five innings and was pulled after throwing 96 pitches on Wednesday. As a result, the rookie’s quality start streak ended as did his run to start the season with six or more inning performances allowing two or fewer runs at seven.

Season-opening streak of 6+IP and 2 ER allowed or less, MLB (1920-39, 1952-current)

Rk Tm Strk Start End G W L GS CG SHO GF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
1 Randy Johnson ARI 4/4/2000 5/16/2000 9 7 1 9 5 2 0 74.1 44 12 8 14 100 5 0.97
1 Lefty Gomez NYY 4/20/1937 5/30/1937 9 6 3 9 0 0 8 78 72 17 11 29 48 2 1.27
3 Ubaldo Jimenez COL 4/5/2010 5/15/2010 8 7 1 8 1 1 0 56.1 35 7 7 21 54 1 1.12
3 Pedro Martinez BOS 4/4/2000 5/17/2000 8 7 1 8 2 1 0 60.1 33 7 6 11 88 2 0.9
3 Kirk McCaskill CAL 4/7/1989 5/16/1989 8 5 1 8 1 1 0 59.2 43 7 7 18 27 1 1.06
3 Atlee Hammaker SFG 4/13/1983 5/22/1983 8 4 2 8 3 2 0 58.2 41 12 7 8 40 1 1.07
3 Fernando Valenzuela LAD 4/9/1981 5/14/1981 8 8 0 8 7 5 0 72 43 4 4 17 68 2 0.5
3 Joe McIntosh SDP 4/12/1975 5/21/1975 8 5 2 8 3 1 0 63.2 47 13 10 12 29 2 1.41
9 Jaime Garcia STL 4/10/2010 5/14/2010 7 4 2 7 0 0 0 44.1 31 9 7 16 36 1 1.42
13 with 7

Streak of 6+IP and 2 ER allowed or less, Cardinals (1920-39, 1952-current)

Rk Tm Strk Start End G W L GS CG SHO GF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
1 Adam Wainwright STL 6/26/2009 8/30/2009 13 8 3 13 1 0 0 95 81 15 14 21 80 3 1.33
2 Bob Gibson STL 6/6/1968 7/30/1968 11 11 0 11 11 8 0 99 56 3 3 13 83 0 0.27
3 Matt Morris STL 4/11/2001 5/17/2001 8 6 1 8 1 1 0 59 43 11 10 13 47 3 1.53
3 John Tudor STL 5/17/1988 6/23/1988 8 3 2 8 2 1 0 59.2 49 9 7 14 20 1 1.06
3 John Tudor STL 6/8/1985 7/11/1985 8 8 0 8 5 4 0 69 42 6 6 8 38 3 0.78
6 Jaime Garcia STL 4/10/2010 5/14/2010 7 4 2 7 0 0 0 44.1 31 9 7 16 36 1 1.42
6 Chris Carpenter STL 6/14/2005 7/22/2005 7 6 0 7 3 3 0 59.2 28 3 3 9 57 2 0.45
6 Rick Ankiel STL 8/23/2000 9/27/2000 7 4 0 7 0 0 0 45.2 31 13 10 16 54 4 1.97
6 Bob Tewksbury STL 4/28/1992 5/30/1992 7 4 1 7 2 0 0 54 48 11 11 5 20 4 1.83
6 Joe Magrane STL 6/27/1988 8/2/1988 7 0 3 7 0 0 0 51.1 41 14 9 16 33 0 1.58
6 John Tudor STL 5/23/1986 6/23/1986 7 3 0 7 2 0 0 60.2 30 13 10 13 28 4 1.48
6 John Tudor STL 9/26/1985 4/22/1986 7 5 0 7 3 1 0 60 39 8 7 11 31 1 1.05
6 Bob Gibson STL 5/20/1972 6/26/1972 7 6 0 7 5 2 0 60 39 10 9 12 49 1 1.35
6 Nelson Briles STL 7/16/1968 8/15/1968 7 6 1 7 5 1 0 60.2 49 8 7 14 30 1 1.04
6 Curt Simmons STL 7/31/1960 9/4/1960 7 4 2 7 2 1 0 55.2 52 13 8 12 24 1 1.29
6 Jesse Haines STL 8/24/1928 9/23/1928 7 7 0 7 7 1 0 63 41 13 8 17 21 3 1.14
6 Jesse Haines STL 5/16/1927 6/15/1927 7 5 2 7 6 1 0 61 48 15 10 12 18 0 1.48

A final factoid. In this era of pitch count awareness and relief specialization, a five inning, no run appearance has become increasingly common on the Cardinals. Garcia’s outing is the first this decade after it happened 21 times from 2000-09, or more than twice per season.

Cardinals starting pitchers going only five innings and allowing no runs (since 1952)

Decade #
2010 1
2000 21
1990 11
1980 6
1970 4
1960 1
1950 0
Player Date Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R BB SO Pit Str
Chris Carpenter 10/1/2009 CIN W 13-0 GS-5 ,W 5 3 0 1 6 90 57
John Smoltz 8/23/2009 SDP W 5-2 GS-5 ,W 5 3 0 0 9 75 53
Chris Carpenter 5/20/2009 CHC W 2-1 GS-5 ,W 5 3 0 2 4 67 41
Adam Wainwright 4/11/2009 HOU W 11-2 GS-5 ,W 5 4 0 3 4 102 61
Chris Carpenter 8/5/2008 LAD W 6-4 GS-5 5 3 0 0 2 51 33
Todd Wellemeyer 6/26/2008 DET L 2-3 GS-5 5 4 0 0 3 76 50
Kyle Lohse 4/1/2008 COL L 1-2 GS-5 5 3 0 3 3 74 42
Todd Wellemeyer 9/23/2007 HOU W 4-3 GS-5 5 1 0 1 5 71 43
Todd Wellemeyer 7/8/2007 SFG W 7-0 GS-5 ,W 5 2 0 4 2 80 50
Anthony Reyes 8/10/2006 CIN W 6-1 GS-5 ,W 5 2 0 2 5 81 47
Jeff Suppan 8/31/2005 FLA W 10-5 GS-5 ,W 5 3 0 2 4 91 61
Andy Benes 9/29/2002 MIL W 4-0 GS-5 5 3 0 3 2 77 47
Garrett Stephenson 9/25/2002 ARI W 6-1 GS-5 ,W 5 1 0 5 2 96 51
Woody Williams 9/9/2002 MIL W 3-0 GS-5 ,W 5 3 0 1 4 66 42
Luther Hackman 2002-08-31 (1) CHC W 8-1 GS-5 ,W 5 4 0 1 3 81 51
Bud Smith 6/27/2002 MIL L 2-7 GS-5 5 5 0 4 2 88 52
Darryl Kile 10/2/2001 MIL W 5-1 GS-5 ,W 5 3 0 3 6 84 48
Mike Matthews 5/18/2001 PHI L 4-5 GS-5 5 1 0 1 3 69 44
Pat Hentgen 7/9/2000 SFG W 8-7 GS-5 ,W 5 2 0 3 2 84 48
Pat Hentgen 6/28/2000 CIN L 3-7 GS-5 5 2 0 2 2 81 52
Rick Ankiel 4/20/2000 SDP W 14-1 GS-5 ,W 5 2 0 7 4 110 59
Kent Mercker 7/3/1999 ARI W 2-1 GS-5 5 2 0 2 4 82 51
Juan Acevedo 6/21/1998 ARI W 5-4 GS-5 5 3 0 1 3 79 47
Mark Petkovsek 6/14/1998 ARI W 2-0 GS-5 ,W 5 2 0 2 5 67 42
Kent Bottenfield 6/10/1998 CHW L 8-10 GS-5 5 1 0 3 2 83 49
Mark Petkovsek 9/10/1996 SFG W 1-0 GS-5 ,W 5 2 0 3 3 64 34
Allen Watson 6/18/1994 PIT W 9-0 GS-5 5 1 0 3 4
Bryan Eversgerd 5/20/1994 FLA W 3-2 GS-5 ,W 5 4 0 0 4 70 47
Paul Kilgus 9/25/1993 FLA L 1-2 GS-5 5 2 0 2 4 76 49
Jose DeLeon 1991-09-23 (2) MON L 1-5 GS-5 5 2 0 2 3 55 34
Joe Magrane 9/4/1990 NYM W 1-0 GS-5 ,W 5 3 0 2 2 84 46
Greg Mathews 5/13/1990 ATL L 1-3 GS-5 5 2 0 4 3 74 41
Scott Terry 8/11/1988 PHI L 0-1 GS-5 5 2 0 2 2 51 35
Bob Forsch 7/18/1988 LAD L 0-1 GS-5 5 2 0 3 0 62 31
Jose DeLeon 5/18/1988 CHC W 4-1 GS-5 5 5 0 2 5 71 47
Joaquin Andujar 5/30/1985 ATL W 6-0 GS-5 ,W 5 5 0 1 3
Bob Forsch 5/31/1984 NYM W 5-2 GS-5 ,W 5 3 0 1 2
Joaquin Andujar 9/11/1982 NYM W 6-3 GS-5 ,W 5 3 0 2 6
Rob Dressler 9/15/1978 CHC W 6-2 GS-5 5 3 0 2 2
Bob Forsch 5/15/1978 SDP L 3-4 GS-5 5 3 0 1 1
Bob Forsch 7/26/1977 ATL W 4-2 GS-5 ,W 5 2 0 1 4
Eric Rasmussen 7/11/1976 LAD L 6-9 GS-5 5 2 0 2 3
Steve Carlton 9/28/1968 HOU L 2-3 GS-5 5 6 0 0 1

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