Yankees' Aaron Boone says Deivi Garcia was 'just not quite as sharp as we've seen' against Blue Jays

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Deivi Garcia front vs. Blue Jays 3/24
Deivi Garcia front vs. Blue Jays 3/24

Yankees starter Deivi Garcia struggled in Wednesday's 5-0 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, allowing four earned runs on seven hits, including two home runs.

The 21-year-old righty is fighting for the fifth spot in the pitching rotation with Domingo German with Opening Day about a week away. His performance on Wednesday didn't help his case, as manager Aaron Boone spoke about his command issues on the mound.

"Not as much life with all his pitches in the zone, hung some breaking balls that got put in play hard, maybe not the life through the zone, then not the great command," Boone said. "I thought the stuff was alright, but just not that crisp finish that we've seen where that bite on the breaking ball or locating it properly.

"[Bo] Bichette did a really nice job that first time with two strikes, kinda fighting it off over there. And then [Teoscar] Hernandez gets to a ball up in the zone, that was a pretty special swing he put on that. But overall, just not quite as sharp as we've seen."

Boone added on that Garcia has struggled a bit with putting batters out once they have two strikes on the count.

"Last couple of times, yeah," Boone said. "But I do feel like he's in a pretty good spot, just lacked that consistency with his pitches today."

Garcia has improved his throwing technique to make it easier to become repetitive, although Boone noticed that he still needs to tighten up his delivery.

"I think he's in a pretty good spot," Boone said. "One of the things Deivi's done a really nice job of, you've probably heard me talk a lot over the last year is, his delivery is little bit unique and he can get a little windy. And I feel like he's done a really good job of tightening that up and controlling that, ultimately allowing him to repeat it.

"Probably gotten a little bit rotational the last couple of times out, which in turn, will affect your ability to really command it how you need to. That's the thing with him, is making sure he's directional with his delivery because while he creates deception with some of that twisting, it's making sure he doesn't lose it too much or that consistency can get out of whack on him."

Garcia is 0-2 with a 3.86 ERA over 14.0 IP and 14 strikeout through five starts this spring training. In just six career major league starts in 2020, he went 3-2 with a 4.98 ERA and 33 strikeouts over 34.1 IP.