The Cardinals have moved struggling starter Jaime Garcia to the bullpen, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Alex Reyes will start on Sunday.
Garcia, 30, has really hit the skids as of late, failing to reach the fifth inning in three of his last five starts. Overall, he’s carrying a 4.65 ERA with a 140/55 K/BB ratio over 164 2/3 innings this season.
The Cardinals enter Thursday night’s game against the first Wild Card-leading Giants trailing them by one game and the second Wild Card-leading Mets by a half-game. Reyes, the club’s top prospect, gives the Cardinals a better shot at finishing up the regular season on a strong note. He’s carrying a 1.29 ERA with a 34/16 K/BB ratio over 28 innings spanning two starts and seven relief appearances.