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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%: 15/4 | Average Draft Position: 245.51
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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.


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.