Nats strike first, walk all over Jaime Garcia, lead 1-0

Last postseason, I wouldn't shut up about Jaime Garcia's inning-by-inning splits, as he was like Jimmy Key in the first third of a game and Jimmy Gobble by the end. It was like that all 2011, from April through the playoffs.

This year? Not so much:

Pitch 1-25 124 1.71 .269 .347 .361 .708
Pitch 26-50 150 4.50 .284 .313 .418 .731
Pitch 51-75 132 6.00 .301 .323 .423 .746
Pitch 76-100 106 3.20 .305 .330 .389 .720
Pitch 101+ 3 .333 .333 .667 1.000

I think I fell into the sample hole. He did the same thing a little bit this year, but nothing as pronounced as it was last year. It's probably just a random distribution.

In Game 2 of the NLDS, though, Garcia has looked awful, for the most part. His sinkers are up, and he's walked three batters in the first two innings. He started the second inning by allowing a single up the middle to Ian Desmond, and then he walked Danny Espinosa. After Kurt Suzuki struck out, pitcher Jordan Zimmermann singled to right, and Desmond ran through the stop sign from Astros manager-to-be, Bo Porter:

Note Carlos Beltran temporarily forgetting that he can throw the ball instead of running it to home plate.

Garcia would get out of the jam allowing just that one run, though, as he struck out Bryce Harper to end the threat. He's already thrown 51 pitches through three innings, and as you can tell by the chart up there, he doesn't go over 100 pitches that often. He'll be lucky to make it through four.

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