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Matt Garza | Starting Pitcher | #22

Team: Milwaukee Brewers
Age / DOB:  (33) / 11/26/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Fresno State
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 1 (25) / MIN
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Matt Garza was charged with five earned runs over 2 1/3 innings Sunday in a rough Cactus League start against the Athletics.
Garza held the A's scoreless through two, but in the top of the third he yielded two doubles, three singles, a walk, and a hit-by-pitch before getting yanked. The veteran right-hander now has an 8.59 ERA in 14 1/3 innings (five starts) this spring. He had a 4.51 ERA and 1.51 WHIP in 19 starts last season for Milwaukee. Mar 26 - 6:09 PM

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Matt Garza allowed one run on six hits over 3 2/3 innings Tuesday in his Cactus League start against the Dodgers.

He struck out five but walked two in the rollercoaster outing. Garza has a 6.57 ERA in 12 1/3 innings (four starts) this spring, after posting a 4.51 ERA and 1.51 WHIP across 19 starts for the Brewers in 2016. The veteran right-hander is nothing more than a matchup-dependent fantasy streaming option entering 2017.
Mar 21 - 7:08 PM

Matt Garza was touched up for four runs on five hits in his 3 1/3 innings of work against the Diamondbacks on Thursday.

He gave up five hits (including a home run) and a walk without striking anyone out. He has an ugly 8.31 ERA in 8 2/3 spring innings. He began camp in a strong position to earn a spot in the starting rotation, but his grip on that role might be getting weaker. He put up a 4.51 ERA in 19 starts for the Brewers last season.
Mar 16 - 7:46 PM

Matt Garza struggled in Saturday's Cactus League game against the Padres, walking three while surrendering two runs on three hits over 2 1/3 innings.

Garza is in competition for one of three Opening Day rotation spots. Outings like Saturday's don't help his cause, but the veteran innings-eater should probably be able to beat out one of Chase Anderson, Tommy Milone, Jimmy Nelson and Wily Peralta to open the season as part of the starting five. Once one of the more dependable arms in the game, Garza has failed to post an ERA lower than 4.50 in either of the last two seasons.
Mar 11 - 7:13 PM

Matt Garza was charged with two runs over two innings of work against the split-squad Indians on Monday.

Garza is locked in a battle with Chase Anderson, Tommy Milone, Jimmy Nelson, and Wily Peralta to secure one of the final three spots in the Brewers’ rotation. Okay, so battle might be a bit generous. Garza is owed $12.5 million this season and is capable of eating some innings if he can stay healthy, so odds are he’ll begin the year with a spot. But he’s not on the fantasy radar at this point.
Mar 6 - 8:22 PM

Manager Craig Counsell said there are five starters competing for three spots in the Brewers' starting rotation.

Counsell named Zach Davies and Junior Guerra as locks while leaving the rest up for grabs. Chase Anderson, Matt Garza, Tommy Milone, Jimmy Nelson and Wily Peralta are now left to fight for the final three spots in Milwaukee's starting rotation. The Brewers used a six-man rotation in September but that doesn't seem to be an option this time around. Let the games begin.

Matt Garza started against the Mariners on Thursday, giving up one hit but no runs in his one inning of work.

The Brewers are easing him into action this spring -- this was his first outing. He missed the first half of last season with a shoulder injury before returning to compile a 6-8 record with a 4.51 ERA and a scary 1.50 WHIP in 19 starts.
Mar 2 - 8:31 PM

Matt Garza allowed five runs on eight hits over four innings in Tuesday's loss to the Pirates.

Garza had allowed just three earned runs in his previous 23 1/3 innings coming into the start -- a bit of a deceiving stat, considering he'd also allowed four unearned runs in his last start and had allowed a homer in each of those four outings -- but the Pirates struck quickly with two runs after their first three batters. Things got only slightly better from there. The loss dropped Garza to 5-8 with a 4.52 ERA and 1.53 WHIP in 18 starts overall. An attractive bounce-back opportunity for the 32-year-old lies in a Sunday date with the Reds.
Tue, Sep 20, 2016 11:58:00 PM

Matt Garza gave up five runs -- but just one earned -- on eight hits over five innings in Tuesday's loss to the Reds.

A couple errors leading off the bottom of the third inning got Garza into trouble and ensured the runs would be unearned, but it's not as though the right-hander was otherwise sharp. He gave up a home run among his eight hits allowed, and a two-run double in that third inning contributed to the four-run frame. Tuesday's outing was a bit of an outlier for the 32-year-old, who had actually been very good his previous three times out. Garza now owns a 4.22 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 17 starts overall, and he'll try to regain that prior form in a tough test against the Cubs on Sunday.
Tue, Sep 13, 2016 09:47:00 PM

Matt Garza delivered six innings of one-run baseball in a no-decision effort versus the Cubs on Wednesday.

He gave up just three hits and two free passes while fanning five to continue his recent hot streak. This outing was especially impressive considering it came against the potent Cubs offense. Garza's record holds at 5-6 with a 4.36 ERA in 16 starts. He has a tasty matchup with the low-scoring Reds on tap next week.
Wed, Sep 7, 2016 11:59:00 PM

Matt Garza pitched seven innings of one-run ball to beat the Cardinals on Wednesday.

Garza has come out of nowhere to strike out 17 in his last two starts. Before that, he had struck out 17 in a span of six-starts from July 26-Aug. 21. We certainly wouldn't want to trust Garza in mixed leagues right now, but the Brewers will take it.
Wed, Aug 31, 2016 11:09:00 PM

Matt Garza pitched well in a losing effort against the Pirates on Friday allowing five runs (zero earned) on five hits in hi 5 1/3 innings of work.

Garza punched out nine batters on the night while walking three. All of the damage against him occurred in the sixth inning, where the first two Pirates reached on errors to start a five-run uprising, capped off by a grand slam off the bat of Jordy Mercer. Garza will look to improve upon a 4.89 ERA and 1.60 WHIP when he does battle against the Cardinals on Wednesday.
Fri, Aug 26, 2016 11:40:00 PM

Matt Garza yielded three earned runs over five innings Tuesday as the Brewers dropped the first half of a doubleheader against the Cubs.

Chicago's quick-strike offense put a run on the board in the bottom of the first inning on an Addison Russell sacrifice fly. Dexter Fowler then flew home from third base on a wild pitch in the bottom of the third, and Chris Coghlan did the same in the bottom of the fourth on a Trevor Cahill bunt. Garza walked three, struck out two, and gave up five hits. He has a 4.87 ERA and 1.55 WHIP on the year.
Tue, Aug 16, 2016 05:52:00 PM

Matt Garza beat the Braves by allowing two runs in six innings Thursday.

Garza has somehow won three straight starts. He has a 4.83 ERA in his 11 starts since returning from a shoulder injury. That he's fanned just 34 in 59 2/3 innings wouldn't seem to bode well for continued success.
Thu, Aug 11, 2016 05:48:00 PM

Matt Garza turned in a quality start to earn a win on Saturday, yielding three runs in 6 1/3 innings as the Brewers beat the Diamondbacks.

He gave up three hits, walked three and fanned three. He was spotless over the first six frames but gave up a two-run homer to Welington Castillo in the seventh inning before being relieved of duty. Garza was good tonight but is not having a good season. He struggles to miss bats, fanning only 32 batters in 53 2/3 innings this season. He has a 3-4 record with a 5.20 ERA.
Sun, Aug 7, 2016 12:34:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Jett Bandy
2Manny Pina
3Andrew Susac
1B1Eric Thames
2Jesus Aguilar
2B1Jonathan Villar
2Scooter Gennett
3Eric Sogard
SS1Orlando Arcia
2Ivan DeJesus Jr.
3B1Travis Shaw
2Hernan Perez
LF1Ryan Braun
CF1Keon Broxton
2Kirk Nieuwenhuis
RF1Domingo Santana
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Junior Guerra
2Zach Davies
3Jimmy Nelson
4Matt Garza
5Chase Anderson
6Wily Peralta
7Tommy Milone
8Taylor Jungmann
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Neftali Feliz
2Corey Knebel
3Jacob Barnes
4Jhan Marinez
5Carlos Torres
6Tyler Cravy
7Rob Scahill
8Andy Oliver