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Matt Garza trade hasn’t paid off (yet) for the Rangers

Sep 12, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

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Texas gave up a strong four-player package to get Matt Garza from Chicago on July 22, paying a premium to pick up the impending free agent for less than half of a season.

When injuries later wrecked the Rangers’ rotation the decision to add Garza looked even more important, but his actual performance since the trade has been lacking. Garza lasted just four innings in a loss to the Pirates yesterday and is now 3-4 with a 4.46 ERA in 10 starts for the Rangers.

He’s posted a strong 63/17 K/BB ratio in 67 innings, but Garza has also served up 10 homers and has allowed at least four runs in six of his last eight starts. Here’s what manager Ron Washington told Todd Willis of ESPN Dallas about what he’s seen from Garza so far:

This guy is a good pitcher. Things haven’t been going the way we would’ve liked for them to go, totally, but the bottom line is when the pitcher takes the mound it’s his job is to keep you in the ballgame. Although he hasn’t been winning ballgames at a rate you think he will, he’s still been keeping us in ballgames.

Not exactly that the Rangers paid for. Of course, if the Rangers make the playoffs and Garza comes through with a couple impressive starts what he did in the regular season will become a distant memory. However, his struggles could lead to Texas missing the playoffs and without knowing what will happen in the future the trade certainly isn’t looking like a good one right now.

  1. riverace19 - Sep 12, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Another example, repeated dozens of times, about why it’s so much harder to pitch in the AL, better hitters and the DH.

    • paperlions - Sep 12, 2013 at 1:18 PM

      Sure….but, you know he just got lit up by the Pirates (who aren’t even a good offensive team by NL standards). Garza wasn’t really that good most of his time in the NL either, generally in his career he’s just been a slightly above average starter.

      The difference now is that he is pitching in a super homer-prone ball park, which is why the peripherals are fine, but the HRs are doing him in.

      • spudchukar - Sep 12, 2013 at 3:47 PM

        Yep. And to all those who argued vociferously, that I was nuts to consider him a #3. Where are you now?

    • biasedhomer - Sep 12, 2013 at 3:07 PM

      You do realize Garza’s best year was with the Rays in the AL.

      • clydeserra - Sep 12, 2013 at 4:01 PM

        Wait wait wait.

        You are telling me he was a better pitcher 5 years ago?


  2. beefytrout - Sep 12, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    “However, his struggles could lead to Texas missing the playoffs”

    Right now that burden is squarely on the shoulders of their anemic offense.

    • herkulease - Sep 12, 2013 at 12:55 PM

      I say its everything.

      Last 7 games, team ERA of 5.40, opponent batting average is .303. Rangers are only batting .257

      They are not horrible at the plate but its not exactly easy to win games when you’re always playing from behind. Even in their lone win in the last 7 games it was a come back win.

      Whatever, more the Rangers struggle, easier it is for my A’s to wrap up the division.

  3. cincinata - Sep 12, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Garza trade hasn’t paid off yet? And, it never will. Garza doesn’t have it in this league. I don’t know why Ryan thought he was able to. Must be a desperate act.

    • paperlions - Sep 12, 2013 at 1:19 PM

      Ryan doesn’t call the shots in Texas, never has.

  4. weaselpuppy - Sep 12, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Tigers fans call it ” The Jarrod Washburn/Aubrey Huff Effect” (Missing the playoffs due to a deadline deal guy copulating the canine).

  5. wpjohnson - Sep 12, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    Is it time for “I told you so” yet? Stupid move prior to the trade. Stupid move now.

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