PITTSBURGH – Detroit Tigers reliever Bryan Garcia doesn’t like watching videos to solve his problems.
Her body needs to feel everything from struggles to success. Recently, the 26-year-old has been tested with a host of issues. After an outing in August, Garcia told Triple-A Toledo pitching coach Doug Bochtler that three or four of his throws just felt different – in the best possible way.
“He thought to himself, ‘That’s kind of what I tried to tell you, but you feel it differently than I explained it,” “Garcia said Tuesday at PNC Park, recalled in big leagues to fill a place in the pen. “Everyone has a different pitch language in their brain. It was just baby steps.”
Finally, its mechanics clicked. He felt confident again.
“It was all out of control,” Garcia said. “I would work on something someday, throw a good pitch in a paddock and be like, ‘OK, let’s repeat that. “And then you try to repeat it, and it’s just not there. I broke it and had to start thinking back to last year and the year before. What were the signals that I We are moving so fast with our delivery, it’s hard to pinpoint exactly what’s wrong. “
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In his last nine outings for Toledo, Garcia has posted a 1.50 ERA, four walks and 10 strikeouts in 12 innings. He worked multiple innings three times during that span, which prompted the Tigers to bring him back.
Working with Bochtler has only pushed Garcia so far. He also had to reframe the way he approached the final two months of the 2021 season.
“Let’s end this year and build on this year, wherever we are,” Garcia said. “And then carry on next year. No matter where you are, start to feel those mechanics as you throw so you can wear it through the offseason and spring training.
“Once I stopped worrying about coming back here, I started to throw better.”
Still, Garcia can’t brag about his overall numbers.
He has a 7.31 ERA with 20 walks and 28 strikeouts in 32 innings for the Tigers in 2021, having been the closest last year and starting this season on the matchday roster. ‘opening. In Toledo, Garcia recorded a 5.40 ERA in 23 minutes for the Mud Hens. He was first opted for triple A on May 31, then again on July 7 after a one-month stint in the majors.
“Anyone who says to you, ‘I’ll throw the same way when I fight,’ I’d like to say they’re lying,” Garcia said. “It’s hard, man. It’s hard to go out when you know you probably don’t understand, something’s wrong, and you can’t figure it out. Luckily, I feel good.”
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Those numbers aren’t at the forefront of Garcia’s state of mind anyway, especially not with 22 games remaining. The Tigers have put in place workload restrictions for rookie rookie pitchers Casey Mize and Tarik Skubal, increasing their need for relief aid.
And so, Garcia has a chance to get back into the plans for 2022.
But he doesn’t think about it either.
“Whether I can pitch or not pitch, enjoy each day,” Garcia said. “Last month or so, I finally felt different when I showed up at the stadium. You notice a difference when you almost feel a sense of peace. It’s great, and I just hope I can keep going.”
Miggy breaks a record
Miguel Cabrera scored three hits in Tuesday’s 3-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park, becoming the all-time leader in between-league hits with 369. (He then added a brace in the first inning of Wednesday’s game.) He also has 2,968 career hits and 502 home runs.
The 38-year-old – a 19-year-old MLB veteran – passed Ichiro Suzuki (368 hits between the leagues) to take the top spot. Cabrera needs 32 hits to reach 3000 hits. Entering Wednesday, the Tigers had 22 games to play in the 2021 season.
“It indicates he’s been in the league for a long time and has done a lot of good things,” Hinch said. “He’s able to play first base so he can get some of those sticks. Miggy is going to have so many baseballs on his wall to show where he’s at in the sport.
“At some point, all Tiger fans are going to enjoy Miggy’s time on the (Hall of Fame) stage as we watch other legends go through. The interleaving part, I think that’s cool. everything and have records for everything now. It doesn’t shock me at all that Miguel Cabrera tops this hit list. He’s literally a legend and comes in and out of our clubhouse every day. “
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Evan Petzold is a sports reporter for the Detroit Free Press. Contact him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @EvanPetzold. Learn more about the Detroit Tigers and sign up for our Tigers newsletter.