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Matt Garza continues to struggle in Spring Training


As the free agent market took shape for starting pitchers this off-season, the Milwaukee Brewers swooped up Matt Garza almost immediately after Masahiro Tanaka signed with the New York Yankees.

Unfortunately for Milwaukee, their big acquisition is off to a rough start in Spring Training action. When Garza started pitching for the Brewers on Wednesday, the score was 0-0. When he left, it was 10-0.

Granted, only six of the 10 runs were earned, but Garza still got roughed up. Ask him about it, thought, and he insists there is no need to worry. Talking about the start, Garza said the following (from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel):

This was the first day I busted out my breaking balls…I fell behind and I used them early – that’s usually an early indicator that I’m not ready to just start flipping them. It’s good work. My changeup I threw really well. Missed some fastballs then I spotted my fastball really good.

All in all, it was a decent day. I’d rather it went longer but that’s the way it breaks down. You just deal with it.”

Spring Training favors offense as pitchers work on things and ease into their full workload for the season. What Garza said here was not completely off the mark. That said, the Brewers would probably like to see at least a little bit of concern from Garza after such a drubbing.

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