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Good Grief, Garza

By bullpenbrian at 04.16.2011 Leave a comment.

I’m not sure who was hit harder or who played worse Friday night–Matt Garza or the Chicago Blackhawks?

After two less-than-par outings from Garza it was time for the right-hander to perform up to standards. Instead, we got more of the same in a 5-0 drubbing against the red-hot Rockies.

In six innings Garza continuously worked behind in the count, threw a ton of pitches (119) and couldn’t escape one lousy inning that cost him the game.

Of course, there are plenty of excuses…Denver is a pitcher’s nightmare, the weather felt more like January than April and Colorado entered the game winners of six straight.

But under the same pitchnig conditions Jhoulys Chacin tossed his first career complete game shutout. What gives, Matt?

It can’t help Garza’s confidence that the Cubs have scored exactly zero runs over his last two starts, but Garza must do a better job of helping his own cause.

In three starts he’s allowed 27 hits in 18.2 IP. His ERA is an unsightly 6.27 and his pitch total is way too high.

Is it time to panic? No, not yet. Garza, after all, hasn’t been horrific, just inconsistent. He did enter the game with the majors best strikeout ratio per nine innings (14.21).

However, his slow start is magnified given the departure of Wells and Cashner to injury. And if Garza doesn’t get on track, and I mean soon, the Cubs are in a boat load of trouble…nearly as much as the Blackhawks’ 0-2 series deficit agaisnt Vancouver.

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