Matt Garza Poised For Bounce-Back Year

by Frank Pimentel | Posted on Monday, March 14th, 2016
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The Milwaukee Brewers are amidst a rebuild, and muddled in for the long haul are a cast of a few veterans including 32-year-old starter Matt Garza. Garza has two guaranteed years left on his four-year, $50 million deal that includes a vesting option for the 2018 season.

Garza is coming off what is no doubt the worst season of his career, so brutal that he was forced to take the last month of the season off after being removed from the Brewers starting rotation. He was 6-14 with a 5.63 ERA over 148.2 innings in 25 starts.

Garza is focused on putting 2015 in his rear view, and being more of a veteran leader for the young players in the Brewers clubhouse. The right-hander said he had to overcome several physical problems last season and has adjusted his off-season and spring workouts to get back to where he needs to be.

Garza doesn’t want to be viewed as a doormat any longer. He wants to be the guy that pitchers fear when they step up to the plate against him. The fire burns and after the way things ended in 2015, this season will be all about getting back to where he once was and not just be another middle-of-the-road overpaid starter.

Garza has said he feels that the experience he has gained as well as the knowledge he now possesses can help him get back to where he once was and perhaps eclipse his younger-self. It all starts with keeping the ball down, a cool head and knowing how to battle through on the days where he might now have his best stuff on the mound.

The tradition of getting Popeye’s Chicken on game days will continue and with that, there is a hope Garza can get back to what has made him successful in the past and bounce back in 2016. He’s the leader the younger players will come to rely upon, and his preparation for his starts will truly be the difference maker between this year and those previous, especially last season.

Matt Garza may be on the inside track to get the nod on Opening Day for the Brew Crew. The bad taste left in his mouth from last season along with him truly being healthy and confident in himself thus far during Spring Training has him poised for a bounce back season.

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Frank is a passionate baseball fan and writer. Aspiring baseball front office executive. Follow Frank on Twitter @FrankBostonTank.

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