Garcia has not faced the Cubs since April 23, 2012. Only three Cubs players -- Starlin Castro, Dexter Fowler and Chris Denorfia -- have totaled more than three plate appearances against Garcia. Cubs manager Joe Maddon has never seen him pitch in person, either.
"Without having the actual eyeball test, seeing him in person, I have to rely more on information in this situation, so I did," Maddon said.
The Cubs were 20-14 against left-handed starters this season, and they batted .238 vs. southpaw pitchers, which ranked 12th in the NL. This season, Garcia has actually been more effective against right-handed hitters (.557 OPS) than lefties (.630 OPS), but Maddon said the Cubs' data showed that Garcia wasn't a true reverse-split pitcher.
"According to our work, he's trending a little bit more to becoming more of a traditional left-handed pitcher," Maddon said. "So I went with the particular lineup that you see."
Jackson and Soler replace left-handed hitters Chris Coghlan and Kyle Schwarber, who both started in the outfield in Game 1 against righty John Lackey. Jackson batted .281 against left-handed pitchers this year.
Even though Schwarber has done well so far in the postseason, Maddon said it wasn't a tough decision to not include the rookie in Saturday's lineup.
"His body of work this year against lefties has not been very good," Maddon said. "I believe he'll be good in the future, but why have these guys on the roster if you're not going to use them?"
Fowler will lead off and play center for the Cubs, and he will be followed by Soler in right, third baseman Kris Bryant, who is 0-for-7 in the postseason, first baseman Anthony Rizzo, Castro, Jackson, catcher Miguel Montero, Hendricks and shortstop Addison Russell.
Castro, who also batted .281 this season against lefties, is 4-for-13 lifetime against Garcia, and Montero is 2-for-2 with a home run.
Dexter Fowler, cf
Jorge Soler, rf
Kris Bryant, 3b
Anthony Rizzo, 1B
Starlin Castro, 2b
Austin Jackson, lf
Miguel Montero, c
Kyle Hendricks, p
Addison Russell, ss
Piscotty moves back to outfield
After starting Game 1 at first base, rookie Stephen Piscotty moves back to his more natural outfield position for Game 2 against the Cubs. With Piscotty starting in right field, the left-handed-hitting Brandon Moss draws the start at first base. Randal Grichuk, who started Game 1 in right field, is on the bench.
The rest of the Cardinals' lineup looks as it did in the Cardinals' 4-0 victory in Game 1. Several hitters have had notable success against Hendricks, including Matt Carpenter (6-for-10), Matt Holliday (6-for-12) and Jhonny Peralta (4-for-11). The only players who have not faced Hendricks are Moss and Piscotty.
Matt Carpenter, 3b
Stephen Piscotty, rf
Matt Holliday, lf
Jason Heyward, cf
Jhonny Peralta, ss
Brandon Moss, 1b
Yadier Molina, c
Kolton Wong, 2b
Jaime Garcia, p