Phillies Look to Garcia

The Philadelphia Phillies acquired right-hander Freddy Garcia during the offseason to help them avoid stretches like the one they're in now.

Off to their worst start in 10 years and yet to win two in a row, the Phillies look for a strong performance out of Garcia as he gets set for his season debut Monday in a matchup with the NL East rival New York Mets.


Oddsmakers have made New York -1.5 point spread favorites (MLB Odds) for todays game, the over/under has been set at 9.5 total runs (View MLB Sports Books). Our public betting information shows that 78% of bets for this game have been placed on New York -1.5 (View MLB Bet Percentages).

Garcia started the season on the 15-day disabled list with right biceps tendinitis, and his first game in a Phillies uniform could be delayed yet again. With the East Coast getting hit by a strong storm that has brought rain and high winds, both clubs could have games postponed for the second consecutive day.

If the teams are able to play, the Phillies hope Garcia can help them start a turnaround. Obtained in a December trade with the Chicago White Sox, Garcia went 17-9 with a 4.53 ERA in 2006.

"More than likely," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel told the team's official Web site about whether Garcia would start Monday. "We got to get him out there."

The big right-hander helped pitch Chicago to its first World Series title in 88 years in 2005, and has won at least 12 games in seven of his eight seasons.

Philadelphia (3-8) defeated Houston 8-5 on Saturday before Sunday's three-game series finale was rained out. The Phillies, opening a two-game set with the Mets, are 3-8 for the first time since 1997, when they finished 68-94 and tied for the worst record in the NL.

Poor starting pitching has been a major culprit in Philadelphia's struggles. The starters have surrendered at least five runs five times, with the Phillies going 1-4 in those games. The rotation has an ERA of 5.94.

Garcia will be making just his second career start against the Mets, but dominated them in the first outing June 8, 2003. He threw six-hitter and struck out seven in a 13-1 win for Seattle.

New York (7-4) will try to solve Garcia this time after taking two of three from Philadelphia at Shea Stadium last week. One of those victories came last Monday, when Carlos Delgado went 3-for-5 with two RBIs in an 11-5 victory in the Mets' home opener.

John Maine (1-0, 1.54 ERA), though, struggled in that contest for the Mets, walking a career-high six and giving up two runs and five hits before exiting after 4 2-3 innings. The right-hander will try to rebound from that start after his scheduled outing Sunday against Washington was postponed.

``This rain's supposed to last for a few days,'' Maine said. ``So who knows what's going to happen.''

The Mets could use a solid outing from Maine after losing 6-2 to Washington on Saturday, as Orlando Hernandez gave up three home runs before being ejected for a beanball in the sixth.

David Wright went 2-for-4 to become the first player in franchise history to get a hit in the first 11 games of a season. The third baseman is on a career-high 23-game hitting streak - one shy of the club record set by Mike Piazza (1999) and Hubie Brooks (1984).

by: Michael Cash - – Email Us

More MLB Baseball coverage from

 - MLB news wire
 - Current MLB Injuries
 - 2007 MLB standings
 - 2007 MLB schedule
 - 2007 MLB Umpire sheet
 - 2007 MLB stats
 - MLB scoreboard
 - Expert MLB picks
 - Accuscore predictions
 - Comments and discussion
 - Signup for daily newsletter
 - MLB home

MLB Headlines

MLB Top Stories

Thumbnail Opening 2018 World Series Odds The 2018 World Series opening odds have been released. Who is favored, who is the biggest challenger, and who is also in the mix?
Thumbnail Astros vs. Dodgers Pick Are the Houston Astros going to clinch their first-ever World Series title Wednesday night in Game 7 with an upset win at the Los Angeles Dodgers? Game time is...
Thumbnail Astros vs. Dodgers Pick Can the Houston Astros clinch their first-ever World Series title Tuesday night in Game 6 at the Los Angeles...
Thumbnail Dodgers vs. Astros Pick Are the Los Angeles Dodgers going to ride Clayton Kershaw to a victory over the host Houston Astros in a pivotal Game 5 of the World Series Sunday night? First pitch is at...
Thumbnail Dodgers vs. Astros Pick Are the Houston Astros going to win a third straight game over the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers Saturday night in Game 4 of the World Series? First pitch is at...

MLB Team Pages