Ever since Matt Garza joined the Milwaukee Brewers in the offseason, he has made it a point to voice his major displeasure towards the Chicago Cubs organization. During Spring Training he referenced himself as a pawn piece who will try and kick the Cubs’ teeth in every chance he gets, and now his latest rant is specifically geared toward one player– Jeff Samardzija.
After getting some measure of revenge against the Cubs on Friday night when Garza went seven strong innings to earn his first victory of the season, the right-hander did not exactly hit the showers quietly. His message for Samardzija was to simply “pitch your way out of Chicago.”
While in Chicago, and ever since, Garza has not been supportive of the rebuilding project being done by the Cubs. He continued on saying, “I told [Samardzija], ‘It doesn’t matter, dude. You play in Chicago. I was there, and I lost 30 wins in three seasons. It’s not your fault. You pitch your way out of there.’” While Garza does have a history of doing more talking with his words than with his right arm, you can make a case for both sides of the story.
The Cubs have been “rebuilding” for several years now. However, there is an apparent light at the end of the tunnel. Over the last few seasons through the draft and trades, the Cubs have established a top-5 farm system in all of baseball. But the current on-field product is not exactly the ’27 Yankees. The Cubs have the 23rd highest payroll in the game valued under $90 million, and time after time they continue to let games slip away late.
On the other hand, during his time in Chicago, Garza did not exactly do himself any favors either. While he may have a point that he potentially lost 30 games during his tenure, how many wins did he also lose out during his multiple DL stints? There could be something to Garza pitching for five different teams in his career. There could be something to him having a career losing record at the big-league level. In his career, Garza has pitched for six seasons in the American League and amassed a losing record in that process. Last time I checked, the Cubs are not a part of the AL.
Samardzija’s situation is slightly different than Garza’s was in Chicago. Samardzija came up through the organization, has developed into a workhorse starter who does not miss time and the organization has backed him throughout his career. Whether or not a long-term deal is done between the two sides or if a trade is ultimately made time will tell.
While Samardzija may or may not agree with what Garza said, the facts and numbers do back up the statements. Samardzija is pitching arguably better than ever in his career right now and has zero wins to show for it. Anyone with that type of hard luck would have frustrations. But based on his work ethic, he will continue to take the ball every fifth day and simply pitch. For Garza, perhaps he should also take his own advice and just keep pitching. Pitching for the team with the best record in baseball, his one win and over 4.00 ERA does not leave much room for talking.
Nick Schaeflein is a Chicago Cubs writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ptchr2424 or add him to your network on Google.