Matt Garza left the Brewers and traveled to California to be with his pregnant wife for the upcoming birth of their twins and Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that he’s not expected to rejoin the team this season.
MLB paternity leaves typically last a few days, rather than multiple weeks, but Garza’s relationship with the Brewers has become increasingly rocky thanks to his poor performance and refusal to pitch out of the bullpen after being dropped from the rotation.
So basically they told him to just stay away until next season, since he wasn’t going to pitch out of the bullpen anyway.
Brewers manager Craig Counsell told McCalvy that Garza left the team on “good terms” and says they had “a very good conversation” before his departure, but the veteran right-hander is owed $25 million for the next two seasons and clearly the team would love to shed that contract from the books this offseason.
2019 has been one long nightmare for the Pirates. They’re in last place in the NL Central, have had multiple clubhouse fights, and can’t stop getting into bench-clearing incidents. The embarrassment continued on Sunday as the club lost 16-6 to the Cubs, suffering a three-game series sweep in Chicago.
One of those 16 runs the Pirates allowed was particularly noteworthy. In the bottom of the third inning, with the game tied at 5-5, the Cubs had runners on first and second with two outs. Tony Kemp hit a triple to right field, allowing both Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward to score to make it 7-5. The Pirates thought one of the Cubs’ base runners didn’t touch third base on their way home. Reliever Michael Feliz attempted to make an appeal throw to third base, but it was way too high for Erik González to catch, so Kemp scored easily on the error.
The Pirates lost Friday’s game to the Cubs 17-8 and Saturday’s game 14-1. They were outscored 47-15 in the three-game series. According to Baseball Reference, since 1908, the Pirates never allowed 14+ runs in three consecutive games and only did it two games in a row twice before this series, in 1949 and in 1950. The Cubs scored 14+ in three consecutive games just one other time, in 1930.