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Cardinals vs. Nationals: Jaime Garcia pulled for Lance Lynn after 2 innings Monday

Home or away, St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny has a quick hook for Jaime Garcia. The Cardinals' ostensibly mercurial left-hander struggled with inconsistent umpires and inconsistent command through two innings, and while he was mostly able to limit the damage, allowing just one of five baserunners to score, he was pulled for pinch-hitter Skip Schumaker in the bottom of the second inning after just 51 pitches. Lance Lynn came in to start the third in his place; he struck out two Washington Nationals in a scoreless inning to start.

There are mitigating circumstances, of course. Garcia's spot in the order came with runners on and the Cardinals in the midst of their best rally of the young series, and Schumaker got an RBI on an opposite-field grounder that would have been a single if it weren't for a diving Ian Desmond. The move does little to push against a certain subset of fans' continued insistence that Jaime Garcia is an inconsistent diva who can't pitch on the road, but that's the sort of good work that can wait until the regular season.

Lynn is likely to go multiple innings; if he's unable to, the Caridnals' bullpen also contains Joe Kelly, who at various times replaced both Lynn and Garcia in the rotation.