Garcia had an uncharacteristically good spring, but got roughed up in his first start of the season primarily due to a lack of command. He’ll be back out on the mound today and another bad start could really shift the attention on Pettitte even more than it already is.
Remember, despite Garcia’s solid year last season, he still failed to reach the 150 inning mark and barely did so the year before. So it’s not like this guy has an amazing track record. Not since 2006 has he really had a complete and effective season.
With the way David Phelps has been pitching, the Yankees might not even have to wait until Pettitte is back to start making changes to the rotation. So tonight’s start, and every start for a while, will be important for Garcia.