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Fantasy Player of the Day: Cardinals Starter Jaime Garcia

Jaime Garcia is the Rodney Dangerfield amongst major league pitchers, as he didn't get much respect, at least from me, on draft day that he deserved after a solid rookie season in 2010. Garcia made a splash last year going 13-8 with a 2.78 ERA, a 1.32 WHIP, and a 132-64 K/BB rate.

Coming into this season, I felt he wasn't a big strikeout pitcher as his K/9 rate was just 7.27. But this season, he is striking out almost 9 batters per nine innings, although his walk rate is up as well. Like last year, he is limiting hitters to a SLG% just over .300.

Last night, he pitched 7 perfect innings before giving up a walk and a single in the 8th, but he was able to hold it together and maintain the shutout. He gave up just 2 hits and a walk while striking out 8 in his complete game shutout of the Brewers.

For the season, he is now 4-0 with a 1.99 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and a 44-11 K/BB rate. I am not sure if he is a top 20 starter this year, but if he keeps pitching like this, he will certainly be in the discussion for top 20 in 2012.