Cardinals may have to rework NLDS rotation after Jaime Garcia’s early exit

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Update (7:04 PM EDT): Garcia was removed due to a stomach virus, per the Cardinals.


Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia was only able to last two innings during Game 2 of the NLDS against the Cubs. He worked around a one-out double to Jorge Soler in the first inning, but the Cardinals’ defense fell apart. The Cubs scored three runs without hitting a ball past the infield, and Jorge Soler added insult to injury when he blasted a two-run home run to center field to make it 5-1.

Garcia’s final line after 45 pitches: 2 IP, 4 H, 5 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 2 K. Lance Lynn took the hill in the third inning in relief, but ran into trouble of his own. He walked Anthony Rizzo to lead off the inning, then Starlin Castro hit a line drive to right field on a hit-and-run to put runners on the corners. Lynn bounced back to strike out Austin Jackson, but Miguel Montero was able to bring in a run on a ground out to make it 6-1.

Lynn was on track to start Game 4, but because he had to take over for Garcia in Game 2, the Cardinals may tab John Lackey start Game 4 instead, as Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch notes. They could also call on Tyler Lyons for a start.