Glancing at the Chicago Cubs 6 – 13 record, you would probably guess their starting pitching ERA ranks fairly low among Major League Baseball teams. You would be wrong. The admirable mark of 2.97 has them tied for second with the Atlanta Braves. The fact that they have some bullpen and defensive struggles that cost them doesn’t mean their guys aren’t going out every fifth day and giving them a chance. Those chances for winning could get even better soon if Matt Garza returns sooner rather than later.
Garza hasn’t pitched in a little while as he returns from injury. His latest rehab session was canceled however, due to a dead arm. Just for the record, if you think dead arm is an overly dramatic way to describe temporary fatigue that affects the pitch velocity, I couldn’t agree more. Anyway, his next long toss will be Friday if reports hold true. At that time we will know what kind of timeline he has.
The Cubs have however long that turns out to be to get their team in order. The team with the second best ERA among starters should not be 6 – 13 even if they are the Cubs. If they are hitting a stride by the time Garza returns, the starter could provide quite a lift for them. His annual 200 innings and double digit wins would look good anywhere in that rotation. Wins won’t come for Garza or any current Cub pitcher however until they get the rest of the team better.