The Milwaukee Brewers signed Matt Garza to a multi-year deal because they know that he will bring plenty of success to the team over the next few years. Another big reason why the organization was excited to land the starting pitcher is because they know he’s capable of putting up numbers that will allow him to compete for a National League Cy Young Award. In fact, don’t be surprised if Garza contends for a NL Cy Young in 2014.
It’s a shame that the right-hander lost in his Brewers debut on Wednesday afternoon, especially since he had a no-hit bid entering the seventh inning. Unfortunately, that ended when Chris Johnson crushed a solo home run with two outs already on the board. One mistake cost Garza a potential win in his first game with Milwaukee.
Even though the Brewers lost the contest as well as the series to the Atlanta Braves, there’s still plenty to take away in regard to the starting pitchers. Yovani Gallardo, Kyle Lohse and Garza all pitched very well. Actually, Garza was fantastic as he showed signs that he could be a dominant pitcher this season.
It might be premature to be talking about a Cy Young Award, but Garza is no stranger when it comes to impressive feats on the mound. Even though he has never been named a Cy Young Award winner, he was the ALCS MVP in 2008 and tossed a no-hitter in 2010. His numbers have never reached elite status in a single season, but there’s no denying that he has the right stuff to do some serious damage. Playing in the NL Central again, which is where he’s had a lot of success in his career, certainly couldn’t hurt.
Garza proved in his debut that he’s very serious about playing at a high level for the Brewers. He signed with Milwaukee because he noticed the talent that is located throughout the roster. He truly believes that the Brewers can become something special if they get hot at the right time. Garza also understands that in order for that to happen he will have to step up his game.
If the 30-year-old can have more games like the one he pitched on Wednesday then there’s no reason to believe he can’t be considered one of the best in the league when the season comes to an end.