What Should the Brewers Do With Matt Garza?
Matt Garza toes the rubber tonight in a big matchup versus St. Louis Cardinals. Currently, Milwaukee is 2.5 games up on St. Louis for second place. Garza heads home where things have been friendly for him. He’s 5-2 on the year with a 3.68 ERA compared to a 1-5 5.89 ERA on the road. Garza enjoys pitching at Miller Park, and he tends to feel comfortable. That says a decision will likely come with Matt and his rotation spot on Friday when rosters expand. Brewers could keep him in there, or expand the rotation.
Brewers are going to make some call-ups on September 1st. What’s a funny wrench to things is the Colorado Sky Sox made the playoffs for the first time since 1997 which is wild. Brewers will likely keep some guys until the AAA season ends. But players like Brandon Woodruff and Brent Suter will likely join the team. That has to put a little pressure on Garza to go out and perform tonight versus St. Louis where he pitched well against them in early August.
I do no believe Brewers could do a home/road thing with Garza. He’s too much of a mental midget to take off an extended period of time to only pitch at home. Here’s the other daunting thing about Garza’s spot in the rotation is he would pitch three times on the road in September with outings against Chicago, Miami and Pittsburgh. All three could be huge for the playoff push, and you have to wonder if the team is trying to figure out a way around this problem with the veteran pitcher.
My best guess is Garza will have a very short lease going forward in September. If Woodruff and Suter become bullpen arms, the hook will be very quick on the right-hander to avoid any sort of trouble. Craig Counsell usually gives the veterans more of the slack than they need, so, I’m not going to tell you that this is Garza’s last two starts of the season because that’s not happening unless Matt majorly blows up.
With Carlos Martinez looming tomorrow afternoon, tonight is one you would like the Brewers to have facing Luke Weaver who gave the team fits earlier this month at Miller Park. We’ll see when the teams get going this evening.