Jaime Garcia wins on the road (against the Astros)

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Let's talk about Jaime Garcia's road splits (again.)

Here's something I don't love: The kind of people who are intensely focused on Jaime Garcia and his ostensible problems on the road are the kind of people who would otherwise never look at statistical splits. They are very fond of Pete Kozma's major league numbers (and not his minor league numbers), and very angry about Tyler Greene's major league numbers (and not his minor league numbers), et cetera. But put some bad road starts together and Jaime Garcia's a headcase.

Luckily: The Houston Astros exist. Tuesday Garcia was outstanding at Minute Maid Park, pitching seven scoreless innings, striking out five without a walk, and also hitting a double and scoring a run. So: is Jaime Garcia just not as uncomposed or nervous or headcase-y or whatever in Houston as he is everywhere else, or can he settle in and dominate a team so long as they're really bad? I was under the impression that being a headcase was kind of an all-or-nothing proposition.

Or is it maybe hasty to make decisions about a pitcher's mental state by comparing one set of 40 starts with a BAbip of .293 to another set of 40 starts with a BAbip of .339?

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