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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 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

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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

Matt Garza has been scratched from Friday's start against the Cubs with right shoulder tightness.

The announcement came about an hour after the Brewers were officially eliminated from playoff contention. Garza will finish his season at 8-8 with a 3.64 ERA and 1.18 WHIP over 27 starts. He'll make $12.5 million in each of the next three seasons. Jimmy Nelson will start in his place Friday.
Thu, Sep 25, 2014 05:32:00 PM

Matt Garza was ejected from Saturday's game in the fifth inning for hitting Andrew McCutchen with a pitch after warnings were issued.

McCutchen was originally hit in the third, and Edinson Volquez appeared to retaliate when he took aim at Ryan Braun in the fourth, though he missed him. Warnings were issued then, and while Garza probably didn't want to hit McCutchen again in the fifth, umpire Marty Foster tossed him anyway. Garza had thrown 4 2/3 scoreless innings and struck out six at that point, though since he was already at 86 pitches, he probably wasn't going to last beyond the sixth tonight.
Sat, Sep 20, 2014 09:21:00 PM

Matt Garza held the Reds to one run over six innings in a win Sunday.

Garza allowed just four hits while walking three, with Todd Frazier's solo home run serving as the Reds' only run against him. He also struck out six over his six innings. Between injury and ineffectiveness, the win was Garza's first since July 24. The right-hander is 8-8 with a 3.74 ERA, and he'll square off with the Pirates in Pittsburgh on Saturday.
Sun, Sep 14, 2014 06:02:00 PM

Matt Garza lasted only four innings in a no-decision against the Marlins Tuesday, allowing two runs -- one earned -- on six hits.

On the plus side, Garza did strike out seven in the start, part of the reason his pitch count was at 84 pitches after four innings. It was just his second start since coming off the disabled list, so the fact that he's still building up stamina also contributed to the brief outing. With Jimmy Nelson moving to the bullpen Garza will remain in the Brewers' five-man rotation, with his next start coming Sunday against the Reds.
Wed, Sep 10, 2014 12:31:00 AM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Jonathan Lucroy
2Martin Maldonado
3Juan Centeno
1B1Adam Lind
2Jason Rogers
2B1Scooter Gennett
2Elian Herrera
SS1Jean Segura
2Hector Gomez
3B1Aramis Ramirez
LF1Khris Davis
2Gerardo Parra
CF1Carlos Gomez
2Logan Schafer
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
7Rob Wooten
8Jim Henderson