It’s an action-packed Monday in the MLB Playoffs, with four straight crucial games being played. We’re already underway – Oakland is playing in Detroit right now.
So far the four ex-Rainiers in the playoffs haven’t really done anything – only Ramon Santiago has played, and that was as a defensive replacement for Detroit. The Red Sox have been rolling offensively – they haven’t needed Mike Carp yet.
Later tonight, an ex-Rainiers pitcher is going to take the mound in an absolutely must-win situation. At 6:30 the Atlanta Braves are turning to Freddy Garcia to try to save their series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers lead the best-of-five series, 2-1.
“The Chief” made six starts for Tacoma on his way to the big leagues, going 4-1. It was a long time ago – he’s now 37 years old, and has won 156 Major League games. Freddy actually spent half of this season in Triple-A, unable to land a big league job but not feeling like he was finished yet. It turned out he was right: Garcia posted a 1.65 ERA over 27.1 innings late in the season for the Braves, and now he is starting their biggest game of the season.
The Braves chose Garcia over Paul Maholm and Alex Wood for this start. Injuries to Tim Hudson and Brandon Beachy helped make it happen.
Garcia’s best years are behind him, but he has a history of success in the playoffs (6-3, 3.28 in ten career starts). I’ll be pulling for him tonight.
- Ryan Divish wrote about what went wrong for the 2013 Mariners.
- The LA Times has a story about Freddy Garcia‘s unlikely playoff start.
- The other ex-Rainiers starter in the playoffs is Detroit’s Doug Fister. He starts game four against Oakland on Tuesday.
- The Mariners signed a 16-year-old Venezuelan pitcher.
- A writer in Omaha named Lee Warren has started an ambitious project: he’s going to write a post on every Pacific Coast League MVP since 1946. His first installment is on 1946 Oakland Oaks first baseman Les Scarsella. I’ll be sure to let you know when he gets to the only Tacoma player to ever win the MVP (Dick Phillps, 1961 Tacoma Giants).