The Cubs expected a lot more than an 0-2, 6.57 start from Matt Garza through three outings when they acquired him in an eight-player trade from Tampa Bay after a month of daily negotiations that didn't get finished until mid-January.
But Garza -- arguably the jewel of the Cubs' off-season -- hasn't had a chance to win so far this year. Literally.
When Colorado's Jhoulys Chacin threw a six-hit shutout for his first career complete game Friday, it marked the second straight Garza start in which the Cubs have been shut out. In his only other start, he was in line for the win until closer Carlos Marmol blew the save.
"I'm just going to control what I can control, and that's what I do with the ball," Garza said. "It's frustrating. But I've just got to stay positive and keep working. I know that the grind's going to pay off. I've been through droughts like this and I know it's going to pay off. So I'm just going to keep pitching and keep fighting."
Even during a 15-win season last year, he went five straight starts in May without a win and closed the season with just one win in his last five.
Despite the early struggles, Garza is averaging more than six innings a start and 12.1 strikeouts per nine innings in his first season in the National League.
And the Cubs aren't worried.
"It hasn't been a great start for him, and he knows that," manager Mike Quade said, "but he's still working, and I still believe he's going to be a hell of a pitcher on this club and in this rotation."
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