When the Texas Rangers started the season, nobody could foresee the possibility they would be desperately trying to acquire a starting pitcher before the trade deadline.
With a starting rotation of Yu Darvish, Derek Holland, Colby Lewis, Matt Harrison and Alexi Ogando, the Rangers seemed set to challenge the Oakland Athletics for the division crown. With injuries to Lewis, Harrison and Ogando though, manager Ron Washington and the Rangers have been in desperate need of a pitcher for a while.
Luckily, Texas found a pitcher available and they were able to grab him before someone else did. Matt Garza joined the Rangers via a trade with the Chicago Cubs. Garza, now with his fourth team, may be just what the Rangers needed to help solidify the starting rotation.
With the Cubs, Garza had a 6-1 record and a 3.17 ERA. Texas gave up Mike Olt in the process to get Garza. Considering the Rangers current third baseman is Adrian Beltre, Olt seemed like a good prospect to give up.
Garza made his Texas debut on Wednesday night against the New York Yankees and did he ever shine. He allowed two hits to the first two batters he faced, then only three more through the rest of the night. Garza pitched into the eighth inning and only allowed one unearned run to be scored.
Obviously, the Yankees lineup isn’t quite the same without Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira, but it’s still a really good sign when a starting pitcher pitches like Garza did. If this is a sign of things to come, Rangers fans are going to have a fun couple of months watching this team.
Greg Higgins is a MLB contributor for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter: @greghiggins457