We all know what happened with Matt Garza. After a failed contract negotiation (which might have only been for show), the Chicago Cubs traded Garza to the Texas Rangers for Mike Olt, Neil Ramirez, C.J. Edwards and Justin Grimm. After a failed playoff run, Garza hit free agency and eventually signed with the Milwaukee Brewers. Mid Spring Training, Garza was asked his thoughts on facing his former team and he stated he was going to “try and kick their teeth in “.
So far this season, Garza has faced the Cubs three times, and has a record of 1-2 against them, giving up 11 runs in 17 innings. That gives him a season ERA against the Cubs of 5.82, and a WHIP of 1.12. I am sure that Garza wanted to try and “kick the Cubs teeth in”, but so far this season he failed miserably.
His season numbers look a lot worse than they probably should, considering his previous two outings against the Cubs he went seven innings giving up two runs and three runs. However, last night was the Cubs’ night as they pounded Garza for six runs (all of them earned) in three innings of work.
The first inning, Garza looked to be in control, limiting the Cubs to only Javier Baez‘s double. Probably thought that he would once again have a quality start against the team who would not sign him for every cent he felt he was worth. If memory serves, the four year $50 Million deal he signed with Milwaukee this past January was worth less than what the Cubs offered him before dealing him to the Rangers.
The real trouble for Garza started in the second inning when Logan Watkins singled and Chris Valaika followed that up with a two run home run. Things fell completely apart for him in the third inning when the Cubs scored four runs on five hits. He would escape the inning by striking out Kyle Hendricks with two on. That would be the last batter he faced that night.
Many Cub fans were happy to see Garza get his own teeth kicked in after he made those comments earlier in the year. He made matters worse after he gave Jeff Samardzija advice to “pitch his way out of Chicago“, which he did before being dealt to the Oakland Athletics with Jason Hammel for a package headlined by super prospect Addison Russell.
With the way the current group of Cubs prospects are performing, the excitement they are bringing to the North Side and the promise they bring with them, I wonder if Garza and Samardzija are regretting turning down the Cubs offers (even if they were only for show).
While Garza may have gotten tired of “waiting and hoping”, all of the waiting and hoping the Cub fans have been going through the past three seasons looks as though is about to pay off.