Brewers vs.Twins: Matt Garza starting against old team

Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Garza began his career with the Twins. He's made several stops since then, but is now facing Minnesota as a member of the Brewers.

Today's Lineups

MINNESOTA TWINS MILWAUKEE BREWERS
Brian Dozier - 2B Jean Segura - SS
Joe Mauer - 1B Ryan Braun - RF
Trevor Plouffe - 3B Jonathan Lucroy - C
Oswaldo Arcia - RF Carlos Gomez - CF
Josh Willingham - LF Khris Davis - LF
Kurt Suzuki - C Scooter Gennett - 2B
Eduardo Escobar - SS Mark Reynolds - 3B
Danny Santana - CF Lyle Overbay - 1B
Kyle Gibson - RHP Matt Garza - RHP

Matt Garza started out his Brewers' career with a bang. On April 2 against the Braves, he pitched eight innings of two-hit ball, allowing one earned run while striking out seven hitters.

It's been downhill since then for Garza. In ten starts since that Atlanta game, he has a 5.34 ERA and has allowed opponents to hit for a 742 OPS against him. There has been some good mixed in with the bad, of course. He does have five quality starts over that span. One of those -- his last one -- saw just three earned runs against him, with three unearned also scoring while he was on the hook.

Garza has maintained good strikeout numbers, but has had some issues with his control at times. Watching him pitch can be frustrating: I get the sense that he should be on the verge of breaking out and posting a string of great starts, but something always goes awry. The good news is the Twins aren't exactly the greatest hitters. They're middle-of-the-pack in the MLB for runs scored and just out of the bottom-third in wOBA.

Garza will have what is becoming a familiar lineup behind him. The Brewers continue with the Segura-Braun-Lucroy-Gomez top of the order that has worked exceedingly well so far. Meanwhile, both Mark Reynolds and Lyle Overbay remain in the lineup as Aramis Ramirez rehabs from injury.

Go Brewers!

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