Usually when a starting pitcher goes seven innings and gives up three runs, he's going to give his team a better than solid chance of winning a ballgame.
But usually that pitcher's offense is better than one that goes 26 innings without scoring a single run.
It appeared Matt Garza was in line for a tough-luck loss on Monday night in his second start for the Texas Rangers even though he gave up just three runs (all in one inning) while navigating through seven innings against a decent Angels lineup, much better than the Yankees one he faced in his Rangers debut last Wednesday.
As it turns out, after Garza departed his offense came to life in a big way and helped him get off the hook to take a no-decision, as the Rangers improved to 2-0 on nights when Garza is their starting pitcher — their only two wins in their last seven games.
Two starts into his Rangers tenure, Garza has shown why he was so highly coveted. In a stretch that is now up to eight starts, Garza is 6-0 with a 1.40 ERA, 49 strikeouts and 13 walks. His competitive fire is a thing of legend and he's already shown that in spades in his two starts with the Rangers.
If the Rangers can squeeze into the postseason, they're going to be a tough out with Garza, Darvish, Holland and whatever they get from reinforcements like Colby Lewis and Matt Harrison, who could both be starting for the Rangers within the next month.