Matt Garza Takes His Chance

Matt Garza finally got the chance to prove himself on Wednesday night and the new recruit didn’t disappoint, throwing 7.1 innings for just five hits and one run in the Rangers’ 3-1 victory over the Yankees in Arlington.

Garza, who, early this week, the Chicago Cubs had traded to Texas, proved why Ron Washington has sought his services this summer with a resounding performance of composure and clinical application on the mound. Despite letting slip two hits in his first inning, Garza would go on the retire 15 of the next 16 batters and place the Rangers in a narrow lead when he stepped back.

What was most impressive about his performance is how quickly he has settled into this team. It’s never nice not being wanted and MLB betting fans sympathised with him after the Cubs decided to cut their relationship. Thankfully, Washington saw something in this 11-game starter for 2013 and immediately threw him in at the deep end.

While some fans betting MLB World Series will argue it is too early to tell how successful Garza’s stint in Arlington will be, you only have to look at the form guide to expect big things from this 29-year-old. He headed into Wednesday’s game with a 6-1 record, having gradually brought down his ERA over the summer months. Only once has he peaked 5.00 ERA (against Cincinnati in June) and since then he’s impressed with the ball in hand. Garza has won his last six outings, earning 38 Ks in that time and going into the seventh each game.

That sort of consistency is exactly what Texas need heading into August, when the battle for the postseason really begins. Wednesday’s victory leaves the Rangers (56-45) three games behind the As and eight ahead of third-place Seattle. An American League Wildcard place is all-but secure so long as they keep consistent this late summer and Garza’s introduction will only boost those chances of hitting October.

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