ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 24: Starting pitcher Matt Garza #22 of the Texas Rangers is pitches in the first inning against the New York Yankees on July 24, 2013 at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/Getty Images)
Matt Garza wasn't expected to be the 2013 version of 2010 Cliff Lee when the Texas Rangers acquired him prior to the trade deadline, but frankly, he was expected to be better than he has been.
Garza has one thing going for him, he generally goes deep into games and is pretty much a lock to go at least seven innings, but he had a stretch for a while of giving up at least four earned runs over the course of a month.
On Saturday, he seemed to get back on track against his former team, as he went seven innings and allowed just one run in the Rangers' lone win against the Twins over the weekend, and now he'll look to build on that in Friday's series opener against the Angels.
“I have just been trying to get back to the tempo and nice rhythm I had earlier,” Garza told The Dallas Morning News. “I was just leaving some pitches up. I’m glad I came away with seven strong against Minnesota. That’s what I look forward to doing every time out.”
Now, the Rangers hope he can continue that on Friday against the Angels as they hold a half-game lead in the AL West over the Oakland A's, who are playing Houston for three more games after losing to the last-place Astros on Thursday night.