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Derrick Goold on Cramping Garcia, Jason Heyward’s Continued Uptick

Brendan Marks, Thu, 25 Jun 2015 14:35:00 GMT

St. Louis Post-Dispatch beat writer Derrick Goold joined The Ryan Kelley Morning After on Thursday to discuss Jaime Garcia, Jason Heyward and the Cardinals’ 6-1 win over the Marlins Wednesday night.

Text and audio below.

On Jaime Garcia cramping up and not sharing it earlier in the game:

He kind of used it as an example for all the guys. The last thing they want to do is risk losing a guy longer, if he’s got a problem. There are times to press through something and there are times when you have a five-run lead, and not to push it. He used it as a lesson. He saw Jaime had a problem at the same time we did.

Hard to believe how well he’s pitched, isn’t it?

Maybe Lance Lynn did. He’s been very bullish on Jaime from throwing, When Jaime’s been healthy, he’s been very good. He’s been one of the best left-handers in the league. His track record is he tries to throw through pain instead of relenting to it. He’s got terrific movement on his pitches. His peers say he has the best pure stuff. A lot of folks thought when he’s healthy, he can be good. Just a lot of people questioned whether he could stay healthy.

On Heyward’s recent uptick in performance:

I think the ceiling is pretty high for him when you look at his raw tools. He’s got a lot of the athleticism and a lot of the look of a guy who’s waiting for a switch to flip so he can glow. I think it’s something the Cardinals and scouts have talked a lot about. They’re just trying to find a way to unleash it. He always seemed so rigid at the plate. Now he looks looser, freer. Capable of keeping the bat in the strike zone longer. He’s got the ability to carry a team offensively. He’s just 25 years old. Maybe we’re starting to see that. In the next two or three weeks if Holliday comes back, it’s going to look even better.

On possibility of Cards brining back Garcia and Hayward in 2016:

There’s a lot of time left for Hayward to play his way into the Cardinals plans in 2016. Does he like it as much as they like him? There was no way to answer that in May. The one thing with Hayward is you always have defense. Just depends what price you put on that.”

That’s not a small ($11.5 million) option for Jaime. Given his track record, I think it would be interesting people would be so eager to take that deal. They signed that deal thinking he would make 30 starts a year.

More on Garcia possible coming back next year:

You can’t just ignore the last three years. Jaime’s the same way. It likely would be that the best place for Jaime to pitch in 2016 is the Cardinals. But they need to figure out if the current deal they negotiated is the right one for the current climate. He’s been a life raft for them when Wainwright went down. He’s essential to this team. If you trigger that option, (they’re just forgetting about the past). I think it’s a fair question. You can’t just look at this year when thinking about the next contract.”

Derrick Goold Talks Cardinals on The Morning After