Amid all the hoopla surrounding big name NL rookies Jason Heyward, Stephen Strasburg, and Buster Posey, St. Louis Cardinals’ pitcher Jaime Garcia keeps rolling along toward the rookie of the year award. And even though the sabermetricians would tell he’s due for some rough times ahead, I mean he’s got a 3.74 xFIP for goodness sake (you can consider that your fantasy advice for the day), he’s currently in line for his 10th win a no decision, and is 4th in the majors with a 2.33 ERA.
But despite all of his pitching success, I would contend the most impressive part of Garcia’s season has been with his bat. Now, I’m sure you’re wondering what’s so impressive about a guy hitting .200 with no extra base hits, which I’ll admit is a valid point, until you consider who he’s done his limited damage against.
- 1st career hit off of 2-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum
- 1st career RBI off of 2-time Cy Young winner Johan Santana
Now I don’t have the time, nor the desire to look it up, but I’m willing to bet that this is the first time in Major League history that a rookie pitcher has gotten his first hit and first RBI off a pair of 2-time Cy Young winners. If that’s not rookie of the year material, then I don’t know what is.