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Which Garcia will show up in game six?

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St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jaime Garcia talks to catcher Yadier Molina during the seventh inning of Game 2 of baseball's World Series against the Texas Rangers Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) By Matt Slocum St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jaime Garcia talks to catcher Yadier Molina during the seventh inning of Game 2 of baseball's World Series against the Texas Rangers Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) By Matt Slocum
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jaime Garcia throws during the first inning of Game 2 of baseball's World Series against the Texas Rangers Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jamie Squire, Pool) By Jamie Squire St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jaime Garcia throws during the first inning of Game 2 of baseball's World Series against the Texas Rangers Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jamie Squire, Pool) By Jamie Squire
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jaime Garcia throws during the first inning of Game 2 of baseball's World Series against the Texas Rangers Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jamie Squire, Pool) By Jamie Squire St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jaime Garcia throws during the first inning of Game 2 of baseball's World Series against the Texas Rangers Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jamie Squire, Pool) By Jamie Squire

ST. LOUIS (BaseballStL) -- Jaime Garcia is a young and extremely talented pitcher who at times displays ‘stuff’ which can earn him 20 victories in a season. However, at other times the 25-year-old appears just average.  Thursday night, the Cardinals need the ‘mature’ version of Garcia to take the hill.

This past July, the Cardinals gave Garcia a $27.5 million contract extension, so you would expect your ‘big money’ guys to step up in important games.  Jaime Garcia needs to do just that.  Five or six innings won’t cut it, when you’re paying a guy that much money he must shine in pressure packed situations.

Garcia mentioned in his press conference Tuesday he doesn’t get down on himself when things go astray; I don’t agree.  Garcia is far too hard on himself when things don’t go right on the mound.  It’s one thing to demand perfection from yourself, but it can’t effect future occurrences.  More than a handful of times during Garcia’s young career he would be cruising along in a game, allow a hit or two, lose focus, and then give up the big hit; that can’t happen in game six of the World Series.

Garcia was much better at home this season than on the road (9-4 with a  2.55 ERA at Busch, including two complete games) so you must take that into account for Thursday night.  This will be the biggest game of Garcia’s career and you can only hope the pressure of a ‘do or die’ scenario doesn’t get the best of him; but honestly I think it will.

 

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