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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%: 18/7 | Average Draft Position: 245.48
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Brewers P Matt Garza remains in rotation for now


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/30/2015) A bad year has turned into a terrible one for Brewers veteran starter Matt Garza over his last three outings, but Craig Counsell is not ready to remove him from the rotation.

He is ready, however, to talk with Garza about his struggles. The right-hander has allowed 19 runs over his last 13 1/3 innings to raise his ERA to a rather disturbing 5.56, which ranks second-worst in the National League among qualifying starters.

Garza remains listed as the probable pitcher for Thursday against visiting Pittsburgh.

"We haven't sat down with Matt yet," Counsell told MLB.com. "We need to do that. But the way we're listed now is the way we are right now. ... The probables are accurate."

Garza owned a 3.63 ERA in 100 starts over the previous four years.


Brewers SP Matt Garza mashed again Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/30/2015) The consistency that had marked the career of Brewers starter Matt Garza has vanished in 2015. The right-hander who managed an ERA between 3.32 and 3.95 for eight consecutive seasons has been simply awful.

He was simply awful Saturday, allowing seven runs on 11 hits in 3 2/3 innings in a lucky no-decision against Cincinnati. He walked one and struck out two.

Garza managed one shutout inning in the pounding. The big blow was a three-run homer by Jay Bruce in a four-run second.

His 5.56 ERA is the second-worst among qualifying National League starters this year. He has yielded a ridiculous 19 runs and 27 hits over his last 13 innings.


Brewers SP Matt Garza shelled once again


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(8/23/2015) It's been a rough season for Brewers starter Matt Garza, and Sunday was no different, as the veteran was hit hard in a loss to the Nationals. 

Garza lasted just 4 2/3 innings, allowing seven earned runs on eight hits. While he finished with seven strikeouts, he also walked six batters.

Over his last 10 stars, Garza is 2-6 with two no-decisions. During that stretch, he's given up at least seven hits five times, including 10- and 13-hit outings. 


Brewers SP Matt Garza allows five runs in Monday's loss


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2015) Brewers pitcher Matt Garza struggled during Monday's start against the Marlins, which the Brewers lost 6-2.

Garza allowed five runs on eight hits over five innings of work. He also struck out two and did not walk a batter. He also surrendered a two-run home run to Derek Dietrich in the fourth inning.

Garza is now 6-13 with a 4.98 ERA. He had earned quality starts in his last three outings before Monday's loss.


Brewers Matt Garza tallies another solid outing


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(8/12/2015) Brewers starter Matt Garza continued his recent string of solid starts Wednesday, tossing seven innings of three-hit ball in what would be a no-decision as Milwaukee lost a 3-2 extra-inning affair to the Cubs. 

Garza allowed just two runs, equaling the fifth straight start in which he's allowed three or fewer runs, while striking out four batters. But a lack of run support prevented Garza (6-12) for winning back-to-back starts for just the second time this season. 


Brewers SP Matt Garza shows dominance in win over Brewers


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/6/2015) Brewers right-hander Matt Garza enjoyed one of his better performances in Thursday's start against the Padres. Garza limited the Padres to one run on two hits over seven solid innings. He walked two and struck out five, throwing 68 of his 103 pitches for strikes in the 10-1 blowout win.

The only run Garza would allow on Thursday came on a solo home run by Melvin Upton in the fifth inning. That had little meaning on the outcome of the game, as the Brewers were already ahead by seven runs at that point.

Garza improved to 6-12 on the year, and lowered his ERA to 4.95 with Thursday's strong outing. Garza's ERA has dipped under the 5.00 mark for the first time since back in early June.

This was Garza's fourth start since returning from the disabled list with a shoulder injury. He is 2-2 with a 2.55 ERA since his July 21 comeback.

"I didn't feel right the first couple of months and pitched through it," Garza said, per MLB.com. "I finally feel healthy. Everything has been progression. I don't have to rely on luck. I feel comfortable again."


Brewers' Matt Garza gives up three-run HR in loss on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/1/2015) Brewers pitcher Matt Garza posted a quality start on Saturday, but lost for the fifth time in his last seven outings in the 4-2 defeat to the Cubs. Garza allowed three runs on four hits over six innings of work. He walked four and struck out five, throwing 70 of his 107 pitches for strikes.

Garza (5-12, 5.17 ERA) had trouble with his command in this one, but was able to limit the damage against him. The one mistake he made came on a three-run home run by the red-hot Anthony Rizzo, accounting for all three runs against Garza.

Despite the fairly decent outing on Saturday, Garza has really been struggling this year. Over his past six starts, the veteran right-hander is 1-4 with a 5.40 ERA.


Brewers SP Matt Garza resumes slump Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2015) Those that believed that Brewers starter Matt Garza had ended his slump by pitching six shutout innings against Cleveland on Tuesday can forget it. It was just a smooth spot on a still-rough road.

Garza reverted to recent form Sunday in Arizona. He gave up three runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings with three walks and five strikeouts to take his fourth loss in his last five decisions.

He was fine through three, but an RBI triple by Jake Lamb in the fourth and two-run, pinch-hit double by Chris Owings in the sixth ruined what could have been a strong outing.

Garza has yielded 24 runs in his last 35 1/3 innings pitched in raising his ERA to a disturbing 5.20.


Brewers SP Matt Garza earns win in Tuesday's start


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2015) Brewers pitcher Matt Garza tossed six scoreless innings of work during Tuesday's 8-1 win over the Indians. Garza allowed six hits while striking out four and walking two. He is now 5-10 with a 5.23 ERA.

Prior to Tuesday's win, Garza had been winless in his last five starts. Tuesday's outing was his first quality start since June 11.


Brewers SP Matt Garza to come off DL, start Tuesday


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/20/2015) The Brewers will activate starting pitcher Matt Garza from the 15-day disabled list so he can start for them on Tuesday against the Indians, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Garza has been on the disabled list because of lingering tendinitis in his shoulder.


Brewers SP Matt Garza to resume spot in rotation after break


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/10/2015) Brewers starting pitcher Matt Garza will return to his spot in the rotation after the All-Star break, per MLB.com.

Garza, who is on the 15-day disabled list with tendinitis in his shoulder, will come off the DL on time and resume his scheduled starts.

"We're just going to keep it straight, as it's been going," Counsell said of his rotation plans. "Everything's going good with Matt, but that's assuming Matt's all right. … I think it looks good that it should be able to line up like that."

Garza (4-10) has a 5.55 ERA with 68 strikeouts and 33 walks in 99 innings this season.


Brewers SP Matt Garza heads to DL due to shoulder tendinitis


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2015) Brewers starting pitcher Matt Garza was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday due to right shoulder tendinitis, the team announced. Tyler Cravy is now scheduled to start in Garza's place Tuesday against the Braves.

Garza is having a tough season. He is 4-10 with a 5.55 ERA through 17 starts. He is winless in his last five starts and has a 7.88 ERA in his last four starts.

He said his shoulder has been bothering him for a while, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He added, however, he is confident he will only miss one start and be able to return to the rotation after the All-Star break.

Garza said he has had no prior shoulder issues in his career.


Brewers SP Matt Garza allows four runs in no-decision


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/2/2015) Brewers starting pitcher Matt Garza didn't have his best stuff during Thursday's start against the Phillies.

Garza allowed four runs on 10 hits in six innings of work while picking up a no-decision. It was his fourth start of the season where he allowed at least 10 hits, the previous three resulted in losses.

Garza (4-10) has a 5.55 ERA with 68 strikeouts and 33 walks in 99 innings this season.


Brewers SP Matt Garza struggles again for 10th loss


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2015) It's usually nice to be a league-leader in a statistical category. Unless that category is defeats.

Brewers right-hander Matt Garza joined Phillies starter Aaron Harang atop the major leagues in that dubious ranking by losing his 10th decision Saturday against Minnesota. And he continued a trend of poor performances along the way.

Garza allowed four earned runs on five hits in six innings with three walks and two strikeouts. He has also given up 16 home runs this season, courtesy of blasts off the bats of Eduardo Escobar in the fifth inning and Torii Hunter in the sixth that produced all the runs.

"I beat myself," Garza told MLB.com. "That's all it was. Positives, yeah. I felt good the first four [innings], but for some reason I can't get away from that big inning. I'm going to find it. I'm going to keep working, keep looking and eventually it's all going to click."

Garza has surrendered 17 runs on a whopping 31 hits in his last 18 innings pitched to send his ERA soaring to 5.52.


Brewers SP Matt Garza allows seven runs in loss


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/21/2015) Brewers starting pitcher Matt Garza was in a flow after two innings against the Rockies on Sunday, but then everything that could go wrong for him did.

Garza allowed 10 runs, seven of which were earned runs over 5 1/3 innings before being removed from the game. He picked up his ninth loss of the season, but did manage to add four strikeouts to his season totals.

Garza (4-9) has a 5.48 ERA with 63 strikeouts and 29 walks in 87 innings this season.

"It's obviously frustrating, and I'm just trying to endure the worst year of my career so far," Garza said. "Just keep pushing. Just keep plugging and try to get better. That's about it. That's all I got."


Brewers might find it difficult to trade SP Matt Garza


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2015) The Brewers would like to move starting pitcher Matt Garza, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. However, the Brewers could find it difficult to trade the veteran right-hander, per Heyman.

Garza signed a four-year, $50 million free agent contract with Milwaukee in Jan. 2014. His contract also includes a $13 million vesting option for 2018.


Brewers' Matt Garza shelled in loss


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2015) Brewers starter Matt Garza gave up a career-high 13 hits in Tuesday's loss to Kansas City. 

Garza allowed six runs in 6 2/3 innings. He didn't walk a batter and struck out three. Garza surrendered two home runs, the fourth time this season he's allowed more than one homer. 

The loss snapped a personal two-game winning streak for Garza. He dropped to 4-8 on the year. His next start is Sunday at Colorado. 


Brewers SP Matt Garza knocked around in no-decision Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/11/2015) Brewers starter Matt Garza got bailed out by his offense late in Thursday's win over the Nationals, as he settled for a no-decision. Garza gave up five runs on eight hits over six innings of work, while striking out seven. He did not walk a batter for the second consecutive start.

Garza got hit early and often, as he allowed a run in the top of the first, and then a solo home run to Clint Robinson in the second inning. He also got touched up for a three-run fifth inning. Fortunately for him, the Brewers were able to come back and tie the game in the seventh, and then brought the eventual winning run home in the eighth.

"We gave them some runs in the fourth, but Matt came back with two good scoreless innings and then the bullpen was really good again," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said, per MLB.com. "We kept chipping away. It's great to see. Down four, that's a pretty good deficit. We kept chipping away and we got to them."  

Garza (4-7, 4.92 ERA) snapped a personal two-start winning streak with Thursday's performance. He will look to get back in the win column in his next outing, scheduled for Tuesday at home against the Royals.


Brewers SP Matt Garza tosses seven innings in win over Twins


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/6/2015) Brewers right-handed pitcher Matt Garza enjoyed one of his better performances of the season in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Twins.

Garza tossed seven innings and recorded three strikeouts while allowing just six hits and one earned run.

"When I needed to make big pitches, I did and I didn't think twice about them. I went with what I wanted to throw and it turned out to be successful," Garza said, per MLB.com.

Garza improved to 4-7 on the year and lowered his ERA to 5.09.


Brewers pitcher Matt Garza scratched, Mike Fiers to start Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2015) Brewers pitcher Mike Fiers will start on Monday against the Cardinals, according to MLB.com. Monday's scheduled starter Matt Garza, came on in relief in the 13th inning on Sunday and pitched five scoreless innings, allowing two hits, two walks and one strikeout, earning the win in 17 innings.

Fiers is 1-5 with a 4.53 ERA in 51 2/3 innings of work this season. He is 2-2 with a 1.69 ERA in eight career appearances agianst St. Louis.


Brewers SP Matt Garza pushed back to Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2015) Brewers starting pitcher Matt Garza will not start Sunday, as prospect Tyler Wagner will be promoted from the minors to make his MLB debut against the Diamondbacks. Manager Craig Counsell said Garza has been pushed back to Monday against the Cardinals.

Counsell said earlier this week he was thinking about pushing back Garza's next start since he was struggling. 

Garza has lost his last four decisions and has seven losses in 10 starts. He has an 11.66 ERA over his last three starts.


Brewers' Counsell mulls skipping Matt Garza's next start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Brewers manager Craig Counsell is thinking about skipping Matt Garza the next time through the rotation, according to MLB.com. The veteran right-hander is scheduled to start Sunday against the Diamondbacks.

Garza has lost his last four decisions and has seven losses in 10 starts. He has an 11.66 ERA over his last three starts.

"I think Matt is frustrated. He needs to pitch better," Counsell said. "I don't look it like an extra day is going to make him pitch better. The thing we are all trying to figure out -- his fastball yesterday, he got a lot of swings and misses on his fastball. He had a really good fastball yesterday. But it is a mistake, a big inning, a big pitch.

"It's a little self-inflicted. He's going out there and he needs to get better. That's what we're hoping for. That's what we're counting for."


Brewers SP Matt Garza allows five runs in Tuesday's loss


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Brewers pitcher Matt Garza surrendered five runs on eight hits over five innings during Tuesday's 6-3 loss to the Giants.

"To be honest with you, I don't know what's going on," Garza said, per MLB.com "It's frustrating. At the same time, it's just unreal... It's frustrating. You have to keep going. You have to keep grinding."

Garza received his seventh loss of the season for his effort. He also struck out seven batters and walked three. Garza surrendered home runs to Hunter Pence and Matt Duffy.

"I have to figure out what's going on," he said. "Maybe it's [pitch] sequence. Maybe I'm tipping. It's something. I'll get to the bottom of it."

Garza (2-7) has now given up 19 combined runs in his last three starts. His next expected start is scheduled for Monday at St. Louis.


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.