BrewCap: Garza’s Good Start Foiled By Quiet Bats
This feels weird writing but Matt Garza is coming around in the last two starts. Garza is starting to pitch at his best with getting a ton of groundballs and limiting damage. Further, he is striking out batters at a higher clip and finding ways to get out of innings. Unfortunately, Garza’s start did not result in a win for the team as Brewers lose their second straight, 2-1 in extras.
Player of the Game (Brewers): Matt Garza – As we talked about in the open, Brewers veteran pitcher did a great job out there. Garza went seven innings strong with eight hits allowed with four strikeouts and no walks for the second straight starter.
(Not) Player of the Game (Brewers): Nick Franklin – I know he had a big night on Friday when no one else did, but I’m not sure why he has a roster spot. Franklin allowed for Pittsburgh’s first run to happen when he collides with Keon Broxton who is calling him off, and it allows the runner to get to third base. Franklin doesn’t show much. My guess is he doesn’t have a long shelf life here.
Player of the Game (Pirates); Gerrit Cole – Fair to say that Cole is looking like the ace pitcher we thought he could be this season. Cole continues to be a monster. He only had one hiccup in this game which was a home run to Hernan Perez. Other than that, he was solid going seven innings, two walks and eight strikeouts.
Positive: Will Garza have trade value? – Serious question here. He doesn’t have much left on his contract, and if teams are going to be looking for starters, Garza might be a cheap option for a team, and David Stearns can look at a few lottery ticket options to entice teams on taking the fiery right-hander.
Negative: Brewers can’t handle the rain – So far, the brutal conditions in Pittsburgh haven’t been kind to Milwaukee. They are 0-2 with one total run in the series. It’s not a good time to be a Brewer. This offense is potent enough to break out today with 11 runs so I wouldn’t be surprise if the cold weather is affecting their bats which can happen.
Next up: Final game of the series happens today with Zach Davies versus Tyler Glasnow. Davies has been better in the last couple outings, but he needs to avoid the big inning. Glasnow has been a mess so far. He can’t seem to find the strikeout zone and is susceptible to giving up the long ball so maybe Eric Thames hits number 12 tomorrow.