Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Matt Garza Gives Texas Rangers Exactly What They Wanted in Debut

Another season, another year in which the Texas Rangers are in desperate need for pitching prior to the trade deadline. The target this time--Chicago Cubs ace Matt Garze--and as could be expected the Rangers got their man.

But would be be worth it?

From Wikimedia Commons

Wednesday night against the Yankees, in his first start with the Rangers (a 3-1 win), he should them exactly what they wanted by throwing 7 1/3 innings, walking zero, and striking out five. The only run he allowed came off a throwing error.

''Same thing I've always saw when he pitched against us,'' manager Ron Washington said. ''The guy can execute pitches. He never gets rattled.''

With the season that Garza had with the Cubs prior to joining the Rangers (6-1 in 11 starts; 5-0 with 1.24 ERA over his last six) it comes as no surprise that he pitched as well as he did. After giving up a pair of singles he proceeded to retire 15 of the next 16 batters he faced.

''I'm excited. I couldn't be more happy being in a place where I'm at, a place where I'm wanted, been wanted. It's awesome,'' Garza said. ''I felt good. I just wanted to throw strikes.''

Throw strikes he did (66 of his 95 pitches). Fans are hoping its something he can keep doing!

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