Matt Garza SP CHC 4 Days
Matt Garza spun seven shutout innings but was dealt a no-decision in Sunday's loss to the Mets.
Garza was fantastic, permitting just three hits while walking two and striking out five in his best start since returning from the disabled list. Unfortunately, he was unable to pick up his second win after Carlos Marmol coughed up a 3-0 lead in the ninth. The right-hander will be a big trade chip for the Cubs next month as long as he stays healthy. He has a juicy matchup at home against the Astros next weekend.
Matt Garza SP CHC 8 Days
Matt Garza allowed nine runs in five innings to take the loss against the Reds on Tuesday.
The loss was Garza's first of the season and it came in grand fashion, as the right-hander surrendered three home runs among his nine hits allowed. He had allowed just two home runs in his previous four starts this year. It was likely just a bump in the road as Garza continues to round into form following a lat injury. He'll try to be better Sunday against the Mets at Citi Field.
Matt Garza SP CHC 14 Days
Matt Garza allowed four runs over 6 1/3 innings but was denied a win against the Angels on Wednesday.
Garza left with a 5-4 lead but the bullpen was unable to hold on for his second win. The right-hander regressed slightly from his previous start when he allowed just two runs, but he still has yet to allow more than four runs in any of his four starts this year. He'll take a 4.03 ERA into his next game against the Reds on Tuesday.
Matt Garza SP CHC 16 Days
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Orioles "appear to have little to no interest" in trading for the Cubs' Matt Garza.
The Orioles would like to add a veteran starting pitcher, but Cliff Lee is out of their price range and they aren't interested in dealing either Dylan Bundy or Kevin Gausman in order to make it happen. Garza has enjoyed past success in the American League East, but it's possible that the Orioles aren't willing to pay a high price for a rental. While some have mentioned Yovani Gallardo as a possibility due to his ties to pitching coordinator Rick Peterson, the interest isn't there at the moment. Of course, the July 31 trade deadline is still almost two months away, so a lot can change between now and then.
Matt Garza SP CHC 20 Days
Matt Garza pitched seven innings of two-run ball Friday in the Cubs' 7-2 win over the Diamondbacks.
That's five straight wins for the now 23-30 Cubs. Garza's win was his first in three starts since coming off the DL. He struck out four and walked none today. He has a 3.38 ERA and a nice 1.12 WHIP so far.
Matt Garza SP CHC 25 Days
Matt Garza escaped with a no-decision despite a poor effort Sunday, as he allowed four runs on four hits and four walks over four frames in a 5-4 win over the Reds.
Garza was fine through the first three innings, but he fell apart in the fourth, allowing all four runs on three hits, two walks (one intentional) and a hit by pitch. The righty looked good in his first start back from the DL, but he had a tough matchup in this one and couldn't even get to five innings. Still, Garza's stuff has looked fine and he's certainly playable next weekend at home against the D'Backs.
Matt Garza SP CHC 29 Days
Matt Garza didn't get a win but was great in his season debut Tuesday, holding the Pirates scoreless on one hit and three walks over five innings.
Garza also struck out five on the night. With his pitch count of 90 approaching, he was removed to start the sixth, and the Cubs' bullpen promptly coughed up his 3-0 lead by giving up a five-spot. Garza will have a tougher matchup this weekend in Cincinnati, but he appears safe to use in fantasy leagues right out of the gate.
Matt Garza SP CHC 30 Days
Cubs activated RHP Matt Garza from the disabled list.
Garza will make his first start in 10 months for the Cubs on Tuesday night against the Pirates. He looked fairly sharp on his minor league rehab assignment and can be activated immediately in most fantasy leagues. Carlos Villanueva has been pushed into a bullpen role.
Matt Garza SP CHC 1 Month
Matt Garza (lat) will return from the disabled list to start Tuesday's game against the Pirates.
Garza threw six scoreless innings in a rehab start with Triple-A Iowa earlier this week, so he shouldn't be on a strict pitch count in his season debut. He should provide an immediate upgrade to the Cubs' rotation. Carlos Villanueva will be relegated to a bullpen role.
Matt Garza SP CHC 1 Month
The Cubs will wait to see how Matt Garza (lat) feels and how his bullpen session goes Saturday before they make a decision about activating him.
Garza declared himself ready to rejoin the Cubs' rotation after six scoreless innings during Thursday's rehab start. It's probably just a formality at this point before the team announces that he'll rejoin the rotation next week. Carlos Villanueva is the likeliest candidate to be demoted to the bullpen.