Reports starting surfacing on Friday that the Texas Rangers and the Chicago Cubs are nearing a deal that would send Matt Garza from Chicago to the Rangers. The big right-handed pitcher could help solidify a rotation that has had to deal with all sorts of injuries this year. Garza has a 6-1 record for the Cubs and an ERA of 3.17. Along with Yu Darvish and Derek Holland, Garza could be the third head on a triple-threat monster for the Rangers’ pitching staff.
However, the Rangers needs to add another bat to the lineup; which was evident in the 3-1 loss suffered at the hands of the Baltimore Orioles in their first game back after the All-Star break. Holland pitched great for the Rangers, surrendering only three runs in eight innings pitched. The Rangers’ bats, on the other hand, couldn’t do anything against Orioles starting pitcher Wei-Yin Chen. Texas, losers of five of its last six games, went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position on Friday night.
The Rangers were missing a key piece to their offense on Friday night, as Nelson Cruz missed the game due to a migraine headache. With Cruz or not, the fact remains that the Rangers need another bat in the lineup. After losing Josh Hamilton, Mike Napoli and Michael Young during the offseason, many people wondered where the offense would come from. Adrian Beltre and Cruz have provided much of the offensive spark for the Rangers, but they can only do so much. It’s good that Texas is looking to add a pitcher like Garza, but unless it also adds some firepower to the lineup, it may all be in vain.