To say the starting rotation for the Milwaukee Brewers has been solid this season would be an understatement. Milwaukee’s rotation, along with the rest of the pitching staff, has been lights out. The only starter that has yet to truly get going is Matt Garza, who the Brewers are hoping can get on track in his first career start against his former team.
Milwaukee couldn’t have asked anything more of Garza in his first outing with the franchise. Against the very talented Atlanta Braves, he took a no-hitter into the seventh inning. Unfortunately, he surrendered a home run, which is what ultimately gave him the 1-0 loss.
Since that phenomenal start, Garza has been roughed up pretty good. He has allowed three, four, and five earned runs in consecutive starts. In two of his four outings this season, the Brewers have been able to give him decent run support. In his two decisions, both of which were losses, Milwaukee has failed to score a single run. Run support is definitely important, but Milwaukee would prefer to see Garza find some consistency on the mound as well.
The Chicago Cubs have lost seven of their last 10, including two in a row. As a team, they’re batting .237 with 195 strikeouts. They haven’t been able to produce a lot of power, and they seem to struggle finding base runners.
If there was ever a time for Garza to have the perfect opportunity to record his first win as a member of the Brewers, Friday night is definitely it. The good news is Milwaukee’s day off should have recharged the offense, which means Garza can expect the Brewers to be swinging the bats well.