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22 Matt Garza SP
Height/Weight: 6-4/216 | Birthdate: 11/26/1983 | Birthplace: Selma, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Milwaukee | College: Fresno State | MLB Experience: 10 | Salary: $10,250,000 | Owned/Started%: 25/10 | Average Draft Position: 245.59
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Rival teams looking to struggling Brewers for possible deals


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/22/2015) With the Brewers looking more and more like eventual sellers, rival teams are saying pitchers Matt Garza and Kyle Lohse have limited trade value, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Early on, teams seem to be preferring Lohse due to his pending free agency at the end of the season, and his excellent clubhouse presence. Both pitchers have struggled this season, each with an ERA over 5.00 in nine starts. 

Heyman also notes that teams are unsure if the Brewers would consider trading young shortstop Jean Segura, who is currently on the disabled list with a broken finger. There seems to also be uncertainty whether catcher Jonathan Lucroy or outfielder Carlos Gomez would be available, though Gomez would probably be the most likely to go since his contract is up after the 2016 season. 


Brewers' Matt Garza allows four runs in loss vs. Braves


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Brewers pitcher Matt Garza took the loss on Thursday, giving up four earned runs on five hits and two walks in 6 1/3 innings while striking out three in his team's 10-1 defeat against the Braves.

Garza (2-6) entered the seventh inning with the game tied 1-1, but the Braves were able to break the tie with an RBI single that pushed the starter out of the game. The bullpen would allow the two runners he left on base, as well as four more Atlanta runs, to score in the inning, turning a close game into a blowout.

Garza owns a 5.71 ERA and 38:24 K:BB ratio in 52 innings. He's slated to face the Giants at home on Tuesday.


Brewers SP Matt Garza gives up 10 earned runs on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/16/2015) Brewers starter Matt Garza got knocked around by the Mets in Saturday's loss. Garza, who came into Saturday's game with four straight quality starts, gave up a whopping 10 earned runs (a career-high) on 10 hits in 3 1/3 innings. He walked three and struck out two.

He gave up a run in the bottom of the second and then the wheels completely fell off as he allowed nine runs in a 10-run fourth inning, including a grand slam to Wilmer Flores. The nightmare outing increased Garza's ERA to 5.72. Garza (3-5) threw 68 pitches, with 44 going for strikes.

"It's on me," said Garza, per MLB.com. "My job is to go deep; I didn't. I didn't get anywhere close to what I wanted to accomplish. You just 'wear it' and move on."

He'll look to get back on track in his next start, scheduled for Thursday in Atlanta.


If Brewers become sellers, pitchers Lohse, Garza could be dealt


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/15/2015) In the 10 games since Craig Counsell took over the manager's job for the Brewers on May 4, the team has been playing .500 ball (5-5 record). Nevertheless, the club is still 12 1/2 games out of first place in the NL Central and they could become sellers before too long.

If that is the case, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports that pitcher Kyle Lohse, who is scheduled to be a free agent at the end of the season, is a likely candidate to be dealt. Lohse has struggled so far in 2015, evidenced by his 7.03 ERA in his first seven starts.

Heyman also adds that the team would be interested in moving fellow right-hander Matt Garza, who still has two years left on his current contract.


Brewers starter Matt Garza tosses seven strong innings in no-decision


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/10/2015) Brewers starter Matt Garza threw seven strong innings on Sunday, allowing one run on three hits and struck out nine for a no-decision against the Cubs. 

Garza's only blemish was a solo home run hit off him by catcher Miguel Montero in the sixth inning. 

The nine K's is a season high for Garza. 

Garza's next start is scheduled for Saturday in New York against the Mets.


Three-run homer off Brewers SP Matt Garza is difference in loss


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/5/2015) Brewers starter Matt Garza (2-4) was touched for three runs on four hits in six innings Tuesday to suffer the loss against the Dodgers.

Garza took a 1-0 lead into the sixth inning but a Justin Turner three-run homer changed the course of the game.

"I was just trying to make pitches," Garza said. "My slider was good, it's been good. I felt I had good stuff tonight. One pitch cost me."

Garza threw 99 pitches in the defeat, striking out five and walking three.

"He'd pitched so well and he was really on cruise control," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said of Garza. "He just got stuck in some bad counts and started struggling getting his off-speed over a little bit and left a fastball in the middle of the plate."

Garza's next start is scheduled for Sunday against the Cubs.


Brewers could put Kyle Lohse, Matt Garza on trading block


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) The Brewers are off to a disappointing 5-18 start to the season. If things don't turn around quickly, the team may look to sell off some of its tradeable commodities, according to CBSSports.com's baseball insider Jon Heyman

One MLB general manager told Heyman, "They have good players." Among the Brewers that could generate interest on the trading block are pitchers Kyle Lohse and Matt Garza


Brewers SP Matt Garza earns quality start in Wednesday's game


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Brewers pitcher Matt Garza could not get out of the seventh inning during Wednesday's 8-3 win over the Reds, but his pitching effort earned him a quality start, which was his second-consecutive quality start of the season.

Garza (2-3) surrendered two runs on five hits over 6 2/3 innings to pick up the win as well. He also struck out four batters and walked two.

The five hits were the fewest Garza has allowed in his five starts this season. The two runs Garza permitted came off solo home runs from Todd Frazier in the first inning and Tucker Barnhart in the fifth. His ERA now stands at 4.60.

His next scheduled start is set for Tuesday against the Dodgers.


Brewers starter Matt Garza suffers loss Friday despite six solid innings


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/24/2015) Brewers starter Matt Garza (1-3) gave up three runs on seven hits in six innings on Friday to suffer the loss against the Cardinals. 

Garza was victimized on solo home runs by from Jayson Heyward and Jhonny Peralta. 

Garza's next start is scheduled for Wednesday in Cincinnati.


Brewers' Matt Garza surrenders five runs in loss vs. Pirates


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Brewers pitcher Matt Garza took the loss Sunday, giving up five earned runs on seven hits and three walks in six innings while striking out three in his team's 5-2 defeat against the Pirates.

Garza, who also hit a batter and uncorked two wild pitches Sunday, gave up a pair of runs in the first inning and then a solo home run in the third to fall behind for good. The Pirates were able to tack two more runs onto his line in the sixth.

"If he doesn't allow those last two runs, it's a pretty good outing," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said to MLB.com. "He just gets in different situations where he'll make a good pitch and then all of a sudden he'll leave one up and we see the results of it."

Garza (1-2) has struggled in two of his three starts this season, putting together a 5.40 ERA and 9:9 K:BB ratio in 16 2/3 innings.

"I've just got to stay with the process," Garza said. "It's going to turn."

He's scheduled to face the Cardinals, the only team he's beat this season, Friday.


Matt Garza evens record with win for Brewers


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Brewers starter Matt Garza evened his record by earning a win over the Cardinals on Monday. 

Garza pitched five and two thirds innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on six hits. He scattered five walks and struck out four. 

Garza threw 100 pitches, 60 for strikes. He's next scheduled to pitch on Sunday, against the Pirates and Gerrit Cole. 


Brewers' Garza feels he might have been tipping pitches Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Brewers starting pitcher Matt Garza felt during Tuesday's outing against the Rockies he was tipping his pitches, so he conferred with catcher Jonathan Lucroy and switched up their signs in the middle of the game, per MLB.com.

"They were on a lot of stuff today," Garza said after the 5-2 loss. "It was pretty impressive."

Garza was particularly puzzled by Corey Dickerson's at-bat in the fourth inning. After five of the first six batters reached on hits -- including three doubles -- Garza was ahead in the count 0-2 against Dickerson before he noticed something strange.

"Then he slides up on the plate as the pitch is called," Garza said.

Garza threw a curveball in the dirt for a ball. Two pitches later, Dickerson had an RBI double. 

"Maybe they had something, maybe they don't," Garza said. "They're locked in. There's nothing you can do. My breaking stuff wasn't sharp today; I don't know why.

"We went in there and changed some [signs] up, and they were still on it. So we don't know where it's coming from. That's neither here nor there. You can know what's coming and still not hit it."


Matt Garza allows four runs in five innings in Brewers' loss


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2015) Starter Matt Garza gave up four runs in five innings as the Brewers lost their second straight game to the Rockies, 5-2 on Tuesday. 

Three of the first four batters doubled off Garza to start the fourth inning, as the Rockies scored three times. 

One third of the batters Garza faced (8 of 24) got base hits. He also walked one, while striking out two. He threw 59 strikes in 81 pitches. 

Garza is next expected to start in St. Louis on Monday, against Lance Lynn. 


Brewers' Matt Garza allows four runs in final spring start


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2015) Brewers pitcher Matt Garza surrendered four earned runs on eight hits in three innings while striking out six and walking none in his team's 6-5 loss to the Padres Thursday.

Garza closes the spring without having pitched a scoreless outing in his six starts, posting a 6.95 ERA and 21:6 K:BB ratio in 22 innings. He's slated to face the Rockies Tuesday in his regular-season debut.


Kyle Lohse to start Brewers' opener


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2015) Brewers manager Ron Roenicke announced that Kyle Lohse would be the team's opening day starter. 

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Todd Rosiak reported that Lohse would get the season opener, followed in the rotation by Matt Garza and Wily Peralta

Lohse was 13-9 with a 3.54 ERA last year. 


Brewers' Matt Garza showing results of mechanical overhaul


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2015) Brewers pitcher Matt Garza underwent a mechanical overhaul this offseason with the help of his younger brother, MLB.com reports.

"Kind of just staying in myself, staying level," Garza said, describing the change. "For some reason I would get excited and have a [Mike] Fiers-type tilt, and that's not good for me. I think that's part of the reason my changeup hasn't really fully developed, and why I've had problems with consistency on my slider and breaking stuff. With this, it's helping me feel better about it. Staying consistent with my release and where the ball comes out. ... It's refreshing to be in control when I'm usually a guy who's rarely in control."

Garza surrendered two earned runs on four hits and two walks in three innings Wednesday while striking out two, but manager Ron Roenicke has noticed the improvement.

"I don't know if I notice so much the difference in mechanics as I notice his stuff," Roenicke said. "His stuff is way better now than it was last year at this time. Last year, we were 4-5 games into it and he didn't have the stuff we were used to seeing from him. He'll get his location down better. I'm liking what I'm seeing from him."


Brewers' Garza: 'I had a new fire awaken in me this offseason'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) Brewers pitcher Matt Garza indicated Thursday that the "growing pains" of joining a new organization are gone in his second spring with the team, MLB.com reports.

"I think my world is settled, and it helps a lot," Garza said. "Last year I was still in a transitional period with taking care of the family, moving them around, and we made the decision to stay home [in California]. We bought a new place back home and set up shop, and now that huge world is in place. Everything else is fine. Financial security, job security. All I have to do is go play, and it's fun.

"I had a new fire awaken in me this offseason, which I haven't had in a while. The past couple years have kind of led me down that road. It's my fault, nobody else's. But things happen for a reason, and I think I found my reason."

Garza delivered his eighth straight season with an ERA under 4.00 in 2014, going 8-8 with a 3.64 ERA and 126:50 K:BB ratio in 163 1/3 innings.


Brewers set spring rotation, Kyle Lohse lined up for opening day


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) Brewers pitcher Kyle Lohse will start the team's Cactus League opener Thursday, MLB.com reports, lining Lohse up to receive the opening-day start on April 6.

Though Lohse appears in line to start opening day, he dodged a question regarding the potential assignment. "How about we answer that question when something is official?" Lohse said.

After Lohse's Thursday start, the Brewers will line up Matt Garza, Wily Peralta, Mike Fiers and Jimmy Nelson in the spring rotation, FOXSportsWisconsin.com reports.


Matt Garza shut down with shoulder stiffness


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) The Brewers have scratched veteran starter Matt Garza from his Friday start with shoulder stiffness and replaced him with Jimmy Nelson.

Garza has been on a strong roll down the stretch. He has allowed just 10 earned runs in his last 38 2/3 innings pitched, but six of those runs came in one start. He has appearently finished his season at 8-8 with a 3.64 ERA.


Matt Garza gets ejected during scoreless outing


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Brewers pitcher Matt Garza was ejected during a scoreless start Saturday.

Garza allowed three hits over 4 2/3 scoreless innings. He struck out six and walked two during the outing. Tensions were high after Garza hit Andrew McCutchen with a pitch in the third inning. At that point, both benches were warned. Garza managed to work until the end of the fifth inning. After striking out the first two batters, Garza hit McCutchen again, and was ejected from the game.

Garza earned the no-decision for his performance. He’ll take on the Cubs in his next start. 


Matt Garza breaks drought


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(9/14/2014) Brewers pitcher Matt Garza won Sunday for the first time since July 24, going six innings in a 9-2 home win over the Reds. Garza (8-8) allowed one run on four hits, striking out six and walking three.

Garza, who lowered his ERA to 3.74, will face the Pirates on the road Saturday.


Matt Garza lasts four innings, strikes out seven Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2014) Brewers pitcher Matt Garza wasn't a factor in the decision Tuesday, giving up two runs (one earned) on six hits and one walk in just four innings while striking out seven in his team's 6-3 loss to the Marlins.

Garza gave up a pair of runs in the third inning Tuesday, with the second coming after his own error extended the inning. He was removed for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the fourth, ending his night after 84 pitches. Garza owns a 3.83 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 114:45 K:BB ratio in 152 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Cardinals next Tuesday.


Matt Garza surrenders six runs in three innings vs. Cubs


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) Brewers pitcher Matt Garza took the loss Wednesday, allowing six earned runs on eight hits and one walk in just three innings while striking out three in his team's 6-2 defeat against the Cubs.

Garza (7-8) was making his first start in a month after recovering from an oblique injury. He served up a two-run home run in the second inning before really getting into trouble in the third, allowing four runs on five hits in the inning. Garza owns a 3.87 ERA and 107:44 K:BB ratio in 148 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Marlins Tuesday.


Brewers activate two from DL, recall three from minors


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) The Brewers made a slew of moves prior to Monday's game against the Cubs. The team activated pitchers Matt Garza and Wei-Chung Wang from the disabled list. The team also recalled  pitcher Jimmy Nelson, catcher Matt Pagnozzi and outfielder Logan Schafer from the minors.

Matt Garza set to return to rotation Wednesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/30/2014) Brewers pitcher Matt Garza will return to the rotation Wednesday against the Cubs, the team announced Saturday.

Garza has been out since Aug. 4 due to a strained left oblique, but was able to get through a simulated game without issue in recent days. He had a 3.58 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 145 2/3 innings of work prior to the injury.