Last time Freddy Garcia faced the Red Sox, he gave up four runs on four hits and three walks. And that was in just an inning and two-thirds.
Garcia has pitched well against the Rays, Rangers and Indians this season, but his numbers against Boston are ugly: An 0-2 record with a 10:13 ERA in three appearances, two of them starts.
“They’ve hit him this year,” Joe Girardi said. “I think he threw a pretty good game against them last year. This is a lineup that can hit anyone, that’s the bottom line. They have an outstanding lineup, and Freddy’s been pretty consistent for us, and those were two of his starts that weren’t as good as his other ones, but I have a lot of confidence in what Freddy can do for us.”
Garcia’s last start last season was a win against Boston. It was his only start against them last year, and he allowed two runs on four hits through seven innings.
Of course, the only current Red Sox he faced that day were Marco Scutaro and David Ortiz.
“I think he just has to locate better,” Girardi said. “I think he left some splits up against them, and I think the bottom line is, keep the ball down.”
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