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Matt Garza | Starting Pitcher

Team: Milwaukee Brewers
Age / DOB:  (31) / 11/26/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 216
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Matt Garza was charged with four runs in 6 1/3 innings Thursday in a loss to the Braves.
Garza was left in to give up 10 runs last time out. Tonight, he allowed one run through six innings, then got charged with three runs as part of the Braves' seven-run seventh inning. It seems like Craig Counsell doesn't have a very good read on him yet. Garza's ERA has ballooned from 4.04 to 5.71 as a result of the outings. May 21 - 10:24 PM

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Matt Garza melted down against the Mets during Saturday's 14-1 loss, surrendering 10 runs in just 3 1/3 innings.

Garza had allowed just one run entering the fourth inning. Then he allowed many, many more. A Wilmer Flores grand slam will get the headlines, but it was surrounded by a bevy of RBI hits to lead to a 10-run frame. Garza allowed 13 base-runners in the game total, with 10 hits surrendered to go with three walks. The outing looks even worse given that it came on the heels of his best start of the season, a nine-strikeout, three-hit gem over seven innings against the Cubs. Garza now holds a somewhat skewed 5.72 ERA, 1.58 WHIP and 35/22 K/BB ratio across 45 2/3 innings. He's better than those numbers and will face off with the Braves on the road in his next start, as he attempts to normalize his stats.
May 16 - 10:10 PM

Matt Garza had his best outing of the season on Sunday, striking out nine Cubs and allowing just one run over seven innings.

Garza had allowed three or more runs in four of his first six starts, but he had things rolling against the Cubs. Along with the nine strikeouts, he gave up just three hits. Plus, three walks. The only run to dent his line came via a solo homer by Miguel Montero in the sixth inning. Garza now holds a 4.04 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and a 33/19 K/BB ratio over 42 1/3 innings. The walks remain a concern. Next up, a road start against the Mets.
May 10 - 5:43 PM

Matt Garza allowed three runs over six innings in Tuesday's loss to the Dodgers.

Garza kept the Dodgers off the board until the sixth inning, when Justin Turner hit a three-run homer that ended up being the difference in the game. Garza gave up four hits and walked three on the night, striking out five. The right-hander fell to 2-4 with the loss. He'll look to improve on his 4.58 ERA and 1.50 WHIP against the Cubs on Sunday.
May 6 - 12:26 AM

Matt Garza had his best start of the season Wednesday, holding the Reds to two runs over 6 2/3 frames in an 8-3 victory.

Garza served up solo home runs to Todd Frazier and Tucker Barnhart, but he yielded just five hits and two walks while striking out four. It's the right-hander's second straight quality start, but he still sports an ugly 19/13 K/BB ratio across 29 1/3 innings. He'll take on the Dodgers at home the next time out.
Apr 29 - 3:54 PM

Matt Garza lasted six innings and allowed three runs on seven hits in Friday's loss to the Cardinals.

Garza surrendered solo home runs to Jason Heyward and Jhonny Peralta, plus an RBI ground-out to Yadier Molina. He struck out six and walked two in the contest. While Garza held the Cardinals in check for the most part, the Brewer offense was unable to muster much of anything against Carlos Martinez and Garza was saddled with the tough-luck loss. Garza's been bad in the early going, posting a 5.16 ERA and a hide-the-children WHIP of 1.72 over 22 2/3 innings. Next up, a date with the Dodgers. That could end up being a very, very bad date.
Apr 25 - 2:04 AM

Matt Garza was shelled for five earned runs over six innings Sunday in a loss to the Pirates.

Garza looked shaky from the start, allowing Josh Harrison to score on a wild pitch in the first inning before yielding a first-inning RBI single to Andrew McCutchen. Garza gave up seven total hits and walked three, watching his WHIP jump up to 1.80. He also has a rough 5.40 ERA. A date with the Cardinals is next.
Apr 19 - 4:27 PM

Matt Garza wasn't particularly sharp Monday but picked up a win anyway, allowing two runs -- one earned -- over 5 2/3 innings in a 5-4 victory over the Cardinals.

Garza surrendered six hits, walked five and threw a wild pitch, needing 100 pitches to get through his 5 2/3 frames. He was able to escape relatively unscathed, though, as the Cards weren't able to cash in with runners on base. The right holds a 4.22 ERA and hasn't made it through six innings in either of his first two outings. He gets the Pirates on the road this weekend.
Apr 13 - 8:00 PM

Matt Garza allowed four runs on eight hits over five innings in a loss to the Rockies on Tuesday.

Garza was moving right along until he ran into trouble in the fourth inning. The Rockies hung three runs in the inning, including a pair of RBI doubles by Nolan Arenado and Corey Dickerson. Garza struck out just two while walking one on the evening. The right-hander isn't the pitcher he once was, but he's better than his showing Tuesday. He'll look to get back on the right track Monday at the Cardinals.
Apr 7 - 11:34 PM

Matt Garza yielded four runs in three innings in his final spring start Thursday versus the Padres.

The Padres registered eight hits in total, though the right-hander struck out six and walked none. It wasn't a particularly good spring for Garza, who posted a 6.95 ERA despite a 21/6 K/BB ratio over 22 innings. Garza has been quite consistent over his career ERA-wise, but his strikeout rate has been in rapid decline since 2011. If his spring K-rate is any indication, he could be due for a rebound.
Apr 2 - 5:54 PM

Matt Garza struggled but still picked up a victory over the Reds on Friday despite allowing five runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings.

On the plus side, the veteran right-hander did rack up six strikeouts while issuing only one free pass. He has had a rough go of it this spring, posting a 6.16 ERA and 1.63 WHIP over his 19 innings. He'll have at least one more chance to right the ship before the regular season begins.
Mar 28 - 1:10 AM

Matt Garza fared decently in Sunday's Cactus League start against the White Sox, surrendering two runs on four hits over 4 2/3 innings.

The veteran right-hander struck out three and walked one on the day. The White Sox scratched out a run in the first then tacked on another before chasing Garza in the fifth inning. While he owns an unsightly 5.40 ERA on the spring, his 9/5 K/BB ratio through 13 1/3 innings is somewhat encouraging.
Mar 22 - 9:37 PM

Matt Garza struggled in Tuesday's Cactus League start against the Padres, giving up three runs on five hits over 3 2/3 frames.

The veteran right-hander walked one and struck out three on the day. Cameron Maybin and Jedd Gyorko each tagged him for solo homers. It has been tough sledding thus far for Garza in spring play, sporting a 6.23 ERA through his first 8 2/3 innings.
Mar 17 - 11:09 PM

Matt Garza was on the hook for a pair of runs in three innings in the Brewers' win against the Giants on Wednesday.

Both runs came in the second inning. Overall, Garza yielded four hits and a pair of walks while striking out two. The veteran right-hander has been rather consistent but his strikeout rate has slowly been tapering off over the last few seasons: he averaged nine strikeouts per nine innings in 2011 but fewer than seven per nine innings last season.
Mar 11 - 7:40 PM

Matt Garza strruggled in a losing effort against the Dodgers in his Cactus League debut on Friday, surrendering five runs (one earned) on five hits and a walk over two innings.

Garza struck out one on the afternoon. All of the damage came in the second inning, highlighted by a three-run homer off the bat of A.J. Ellis. The 31-year-old hurler dealt with shoulder tightness at the end of the 2014 season but appears to be fully healthy and ready to go now.
Mar 6 - 8:58 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Jonathan Lucroy
2Martin Maldonado
3Juan Centeno
1B1Adam Lind
2Jason Rogers
2B1Hector Gomez
2Elian Herrera
SS1Jean Segura
2Luis Sardinas
3B1Aramis Ramirez
LF1Khris Davis
2Gerardo Parra
CF1Carlos Gomez
RF1Ryan Braun
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Kyle Lohse
2Matt Garza
3Wily Peralta
4Mike Fiers
5Jimmy Nelson
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Francisco Rodriguez
2Jonathan Broxton
3Will Smith
4Jeremy Jeffress
5Neal Cotts
6Michael Blazek
7Brandon Kintzler
8Corey Knebel