Right now, it seems as if nothing can go right for the Milwaukee Brewers. After a hot start to the year, the Brewers are currently fighting for their lives to stay on top of the NL Central. And, at the trade deadline, the Brew Crew didn't do much to help their cause. Yesterday, things got even worse. After pitching a two hit gem through six innings against the rival Cardinals, Matt Garza left the game with an oblique strain that could cause him to miss time.
Although Garza hasn't been the so-called ace of Milwaukee's pitching staff, he has been hot as of late. Following a disastrous start against Washington after the all-star break, Garza has allowed only two earned runs in his last three starts. He finally looks like the Matt Garza that Milwaukee was anticipating. That's what makes his injury so devastating. Milwaukee needs Garza in their rotation in order to compete.
Like I said already, the Brewers whiffed at the trade deadline. They acquired outfielder Gerardo Parra, but they really needed an extra starting pitcher to add to their staff. Now that Garza is injured, they must be kicking themselves for not making any big moves at the deadline. If Garza's injury is anything serious, chances are that they will go after a starting pitcher this August. They could target someone like Cliff Lee, but they would probably have to give up Jimmy Nelson or even a guy like Khris Davis. I don't think they would want to do that.
See, Garza's injury messes up everything. Not only does it change the structure of their staff, but it could affect their everyday lineup as well. I just hope that he continues to pitch at a high level if he returns anytime soon because the Brewers won't be able to fight off the Cards and Pirates without him. Now is the time that the Brewers must separate themselves from the pack, but that can't happen without a stable pitching rotation.
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