St. Louis dropped a vital road game on Monday against the San Diego Padres, getting beat down, 11-3, after a mediocre pitching performance. Jaime Garcia was smacked around early on in that game, giving up four runs in three innings before eventually being pulled.
It's been a usual thing for the 26-year old Cardinals pitcher to have mediocre performances on the road. In his career he has an 18-11 with a 2.42 ERA record at home, and a 13-12 record with a 4.69 ERA away from St. Louis. Garcia has said that it was just one bad performance and not anything to be concerned about, but the sample size continues to grow for the home/road split he has shown since joining the team..
"I have no idea why. If I did, then we'd do something to fix it," said Matheny. "There's not a good explanation: It's 60 feet, six inches. You can't deny that it's something he's struggling with."