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2022 Padres Player Review: Luis Garcia

Garcia was one of the Padres best relievers in 2022

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2022 Regular Season Statistics

1.6 fWAR, 64 G, 61 IP, 3.39 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 68 K, 17 BB, 3 HR, 5 HBP

Positives From This Season

Luis Garcia played a significant role in the Padres bullpen success this season. He pitched 61 innings during the regular season, which was the most by any full-time Padre reliever (among those who were on the NLCS roster). The 35-year-old finished with a career-high 68 strikeouts and stayed healthy through the entire season once he returned from the IL on April 15 (right oblique strain).

Negatives From This Season

I didn’t find a negative for Garcia this season. As I wrote already, he stayed healthy, pitched a lot of innings and struck out more batters than he ever has in the big leagues. He didn’t allow a run in consecutive outings more than once. If you want to be picky, Garcia did give up a run in Game 4 of the NLCS but that was in his longest postseason outing and he shutout his opponent in every other postseason outing this season.

If you wish to listen or watch me talk more about Garcia’s season on the Talking Friars Podcast/YouTube show, click here!