Matt Garza
SP FA
2 months ago

Garza's contract no longer carries a club option for 2018, s that was voided after he crossed a threshold of games, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

It had been widely believed that the Brewers had a $5 million option to retain Garza for 2018, but that is not the case anymore. He will be a free agent after the conclusion of the 2017 season. Garza will be available out of the bullpen over the final two games of the season. He has not posted an ERA under 4.50 since 2014, and could struggle to secure a fully-guaranteed big-league deal this winter.

Matt Garza
SP FA
2 months ago

The Brewers named Aaron Wilkerson as their starter for Wednesday's series finale with the Pirates, likely meaning that Garza will remain in the bullpen this week.

EDGE Analysis

The struggling Garza was bypassed for a start last Friday against the Marlins, with manager Craig Counsell instead turning to reliever Jeremy Jeffress to start what ended up being a bullpen game. After serving as a member of the rotation at Double-A Biloxi for the bulk of the season, Wilkerson should be able to offer the Brewers more innings than Jeffress did in what will be Wilkerson's his first major-league start, but even if the rookie falters in the outing, it's unlikely the team would go back to Garza in a rotation role at any other point during the final two weeks of the season. After Wednesday's contest, the Brewers will only require a fifth starter once more in the penultimate game of the regular season, and if the team is still in playoff contention at that point, Counsell would probably lean on one of his other four starters on short rest rather than turn to Garza. The veteran right-hander made his first relief appearance of the season last Saturday, tossing 1.2 scoreless innings.

Matt Garza
SP FA
2 months ago

Garza will not start Wednesday's game against the Pirates.

EDGE Analysis

The Brewers will instead give the ball to Chase Anderson on short rest and presumably use Thursday's off day to skip Garza this time through the rotation. With Jimmy Nelson (shoulder) out for the rest of the season, Garza should return to a starting role in the near future, but he's firmly out of the discussion in mixed leagues.

Matt Garza
SP FA
2 months ago

Garza (6-9) gave up five runs on six hits and two walks while striking out two over 2.2 innings in a losing effort against the Reds on Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

The Brewers were hoping that an extended rest between appearances would lead to better results for Garza, but that wasn't the case. While he managed to keep the Reds off the board through two, Garza fell apart in the third, allowing four straight hits followed by a walk. Milwaukee could turn elsewhere -- possibly to Brent Suter or Junior Guerra -- the next time through the rotation.

Matt Garza
SP FA
3 months ago

Garza will start Wednesday's game against the Reds.

EDGE Analysis

Garza is set to reenter the Brewers' rotation after having his last start skipped. The 33-year-old has struggled over his last five starts, compiling a 9.28 ERA and 15:16 K:BB in 21.1 innings, but the Brewers are hoping the extra rest will help him turn in a better effort Wednesday.

Matt Garza
SP FA
3 months ago

Manager Craig Counsell said Garza will no longer start Sunday's game against the Nationals, but he's still expected to remain in the team's rotation down the stretch, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Garza has struggled mightily over his past five starts, compiling a 9.28 ERA and 15:16 K:BB over 21.1 innings of work, so the Brewers will skip his next turn in the rotation as they allow the 33-year-old to gather himself. It's unclear who will start in his place Sunday, but Brent Suter (shoulder) and Junior Guerra appear to be the likely options. While Counsell hasn't confirmed when Garza will make his next start, he said he expects the veteran right-hander to see some starts in in September as the Brewers continue to reshuffle their rotation.

Matt Garza
SP FA
3 months ago

Brewers manager Craig Counsell said that Garza will remain in the team's rotation for the time being, putting the right-hander in line to start Sunday against the Nationals, Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

EDGE Analysis

Garza lasted just 3.1 innings and gave up six runs (three earned) in Tuesday's loss to the Cardinals, following his trend of poor form in the second half. Over eight starts since the All-Star break, Garza has submitted an ugly 6.32 ERA, 1.76 WHIP and 24:24 K:BB over 37 innings, putting his standing in the rotation on shaky ground. The Brewers are expected to recall Brandon Woodruff from Triple-A Colorado Springs to start Saturday against the Nationals, and if he performs well in that outing and Garza struggles in his subsequent turn Sunday, Counsell may revisit his plans for the starting staff. Brent Suter (shoulder) is expected to return from the 10-day disabled list within the next week, which would offer the Brewers another alternative to Garza.

Matt Garza
SP FA
3 months ago

Garza (6-8) was slashed for six runs (three earned) on four hits and five walks over just 3.1 innings in a 10-2 loss to the Cardinals on Tuesday.

EDGE Analysis

If at some point this season fantasy owners expected help from the 33-year-old Garza, his results in August should disabuse them of that notion. The veteran wrapped up the season's penultimate month by putting up a 7.67 ERA, 1.96 WHIP and 19:18 K:BB over 27 innings spanning six starts, even with a pair of one-run outings to his credit. His surprisingly decent work in the first half is a distant memory at this point.

Matt Garza
SP FA
3 months ago

Garza allowed a single run on five hits and two walks while striking out six batters through five innings during Wednesday's loss to San Francisco. He didn't factor into the decision.

EDGE Analysis

This was a solid rebound showing from Garza. He had allowed 20 runs through just 13 innings over his previous three starts, and even with one of those outings at hitter-friendly Coors Field, it was a rough stretch for the veteran. With a 4.67 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 6.2 K/9 for the campaign, Garza is far from a go-to fantasy asset. However, he can reward against weak opponents. He lines up to face the Cardinals at Miller Park in his next start.

Matt Garza
SP FA
3 months ago

Garza (6-7) served up eight runs (seven earned) on nine hits and two walks with two strikeouts over 4.1 innings as he took the loss Friday against the Rockies.

EDGE Analysis

Garza was hammered at Coors Field, as the Rockies touched him up for three home runs. This marks the second time in Garza's past three starts that he has given up at least three bombs, and he has watched his ERA balloon from 3.68 to 4.81 in that short span. Getting away from Coors Field should help Garza, but this is his third straight season with a HR/9 of at least 1.0, so it may not be a problem that will ever disappear entirely.