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Matt Garza and Other Notes: NL Starting Pitchers

Today’s look at NL Starting Pitchers is nutrient dense.

Matt Garza, Chicago Cubs
Prior to a 15-day stay on the DL, Garza looked like a bona fide ace. His strikeout rate was at an all-time high and was backed by a nice SwStr%, and he was getting more ground balls then ever before. You may not have realized it, but Garza’s FIP was below 2.00 below he got hurt.

After his DL stint, Garza returned to the Cubs on Monday and faced off against the Cincinnati Reds. His basic numbers from his first start back don’t exactly inspire confidence — he walked as many batters as he struck out — but his fastball velocity was right in line with what we’ve come to expect from the 27-year old right-hander. When we take the time to look a little deeper, Garza did just fine against the Reds, as he induced nine grounders (compared to five balls in the air) and nine swinging strikes in only 81 pitches.

It looks like Garza may be back in a big way, so don’t be afraid to pull him right off the DL if you already own him, or try to buy while the price may be low if you’d like to acquire him.

Various Notes On NL Starting Pitchers