Since the last update on RHP Jason Garcia and RHP Jesus Liranzo on May 6th it has been a tale of two different pitchers, one on the way up and one on the way down.
Fortunes are on the way up and potential is being realized while other fortunes are falling and the struggles continue.
Over the past two weeks, Liranzo has appeared in 3 games and pitched a total of 5.1 innings. He faced 21 batters and surrendered 3 hits (1 double) while walking 2 and striking out 7. Two of the games were save opportunities, which he converted. Liranzo held Altoona Curve opponents to a .158/ .238/ .211 slash line.
On the season Liranzo is 0-0 with 4 saves in 4 opportunities. He has a 0.00 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and an opponent’s batting average against of .167 in the 9 games in which he has appeared. In 12.0 total innings pitched he has given up 7 hits and 3 walks while striking out 18.
The past two weeks have not been as kind to Garcia. Appearing in 5 games for the Hartford Yard Goats, Garcia has pitched 6.1 innings in which he surrendered 10 hits, 10 runs (all earned) and 9 walks. He struck out 3 but allowed a homerun and an opponent’s slash line of .400/ .559/ .680 while producing a 14.21 ERA.
On the season Garcia has a record of 2-1, is 0-1 in save opportunities and has a 9.64 ERA and 2.25 WHIP. Over a span of 15 games he has allowed 27 hits, 23 runs (20 earned), 3 homeruns and 15 walks. He has also hit a batter and has allowed a .365 batting average against while striking out 17.
It is good to see Liranzo doing well but it’s sad he didn’t do that well during his time with the Baltimore Orioles organization. Garcia, on the other hand, is struggling mightily and the hope is that he turns it around sooner rather than later; his struggles are tough to watch.