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2010 stats: 13-8 | 2.70 ERA | 132 Ks | 1.32 WHIP
With their ace Adam Wainwright out for the season, the Cardinals are going to be relying heavily on Garcia to follow up his rookie of the year-caliber debut with an equally impressive sophomore year. It will be up to Garcia to not only avoid the infamous "sophomore slump" but to also prove that he can endure a full Major League season.
Last year, the Cardinals cut him off after 163 innings pitched. He won't be afforded that luxury this year. Factor in the team's less than stellar bullpen and Garcia will be expected to consistently go deep into games, meaning that his inning total should be around the 200 mark midway through September.
Assuming he is the team's second starter, Jaime would avoid facing a Central Division opponent until April 24 when the Cardinals take on Cincinnati on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball. That's important because those are the teams Garcia faced the most last season and, one would assume, are the teams that know him and his tendencies the best.
That being said, I expect Garcia to get off to a hot start. In fact, I think he will breeze through his first few starts against Central Division opponents too. Once teams start getting used to his stuff, things could get a little dicey. It will be interesting to see how he responds to this adversity.