At the time the MLB trade deadline was coming along Matt Garza was having one of the best seasons of his life. That isn’t even true of the entire season but just the starts heading up to the trade season. No one can blame the Texas Rangers for being desperate to grab Garza as they needed more pitching very badly. So, they gave a healthy package away to get the starter who looked every bit the ace at that point in time. Those of us who had watched Garza’s career however were wondering just how good of a move it would be.
It could be considered a great move and would be if Garza had continued pitching as well as he had been for the Chicago Cubs. Sadly enough he did not do that. His ERA since the end of July is 4.46 and it is even higher than that over the stretch season of the last five or six starts. Now as we all wonder just why the Rangers are falling from contention in the American League West, we only need to look at the pitching staff.
World class hurler Yu Darvish has hit a rare struggle spot while Garza has struggled mightily as well and lost four of his last six decisions. Needles to say the Rangers did not quite get what they paid for when they sold the farm to the Cubs to get him. There is no use crying of spent money though. As long as they squeak into the playoffs, they can worry with the rotation and the rest of it then. If they miss it, then everyone is going to be severely upset.