Last season, the Texas Rangers faltered down the stretch and were eliminated from the 2012 MLB Postseason by the Baltimore Orioles in the one-game Wild Card round. After acquiring pitcher Matt Garza from the Chicago Cubs via trade, they have added a crucial piece to keep that from happening again.
The Rangers currently find themselves second in the AL West, just three games behind the first-place Oakland Athletics. With multiple starting pitchers currently on the DL, they run the risk of having the deficit grow down the stretch. Adding Garza should help them stop that from happening.
Garza is one of the premier pitchers in MLB today. He currently sits with a 6-1 record and a 3.17 /1.14 ERA/WHIP. While the Cubs got four good minor leaguers from the Rangers, Texas got a good starting pitcher that can certainly make this trade pay off this season.
Just by looking at depth chart, you can tell that pitching is something that the Rangers desperately need. They have four listed starting pitchers on the DL, with two of them on the 60-day DL. Despite the injuries, the Rangers still rank in MLB’s top half in pitching. They rank eighth in ERA, 12th in WHIP and 10th in BAA. With the addition of Garza, the Rangers only got better.
Garza returns to the AL after spending the past three seasons in the NL with Cubs. Prior to playing in Chicago, Garza spent five seasons in the AL with the Minnesota Twins and the Tampa Bay Rays. In four starts against AL teams this season, he’s 3-0 with a 2.14 ERA and 24 strikeouts. He seems to be right at home against AL opponents.
In short, the Rangers got one of the best AL pitchers in the game of baseball. Garza will certainly bolster their starting rotation and will benefit the Rangers this season.