Tonight’s starter for the White Sox, Freddy Garcia, is struggling — even though he recently became the winningest Venezuelan-born pitcher, surpassing Wilson Alvarez with his 103rd victory.
Garcia, a former Mariner, pitches against his former team tonight. But he ain’t the García of old. He says he’s going through the “dead arm” period pitchers experience during spring training. His ERA so far is almost two whole runs above his carreer average (5.86 to 3.97).
Is García past his prime? Hmm, who knows? Maybe all that cheeba he’s puffin’ in the off-season is what is slowing him down.