Is Gallardo the ace of the Brewers’ staff?

1:43p Alright, the reason I’m posting this is because Yovani Gallardo’s start against the Cardinals last night. He gave up five runs (four earned) in just five innings in one of his shorter starts this year.

After Gallardo’s outing finished, I posted this on Twitter: “Some kind of ‘ace’ Gallardo is. #Brewers”. That was mostly me venting my frustration on the first Brewers’ loss in awhile (when you get accustomed to your team winning so often, that’s what happens when they lose). Anyway, I got some gas from a few Brewers fans saying that it wasn’t all his fault, which is true. He had some sloppy defense behind him (especially from Felipe Lopez). But still, the defense can’t do anything about Gallardo’s high number of home runs given up this year, which currently stands at 18. He only gave up 12 all of last year. Two of the 18 came in the first inning last night, when he gave two runs right back to the Cardinals after the Brewers gave him a 2-0 lead.

Anyway, some Cardinals fans, who were enjoying watching the Cardinals win for once, retweeted that message, which I wasn’t too impressed with. Glad to know I have Cardinals fans stalking me on Twitter.

But back to the point. Gallardo has been extremely vulnerable in spots this year, and last night was no exception. Despite his 13-8 record to go along with a respectable 3.67 ERA, he isn’t having that great of a year, at least in my opinion. It’s been more of an up-and-down year for him, and I’ll prove that.

In his first two starts of the year, which were against the Reds and Braves, Gallardo went 1-0 with a 1.20 ERA. The second start (against the Braves) was a complete game shutout: his only complete game of the year. But, after that complete game, he got shelled for five consecutive starts against the Cubs, Nationals, Astros, Reds, and Braves. He gave up 4-7 runs in each of those starts, but, amazingly, only took two losses during that span, which is why his W-L record is in such great shape right now. But, take note that Gallardo’s ERA escalated all the way from 1.20 to 6.10 during that span as well.

Gallardo finally appeared to return to his old self after those five disasters in a start against the Cardinals, in which he practically n0-hit them. From there, Gallardo won six consecutive decisions against the Cardinals (obviously), Pirates, Padres, Nationals, Giants, and Marlins. He had a sub-2.00 ERA during that span, and it also dropped his ERA all the way from 6.10 to 3.72. He would get shelled in his next start against the Mets, but never had another stretch like the one he had early in the season.

But, there was just one more start of his that really stuck out at me during Interleague play. He gave up eight runs (six earned) against the Red Sox in Boston. I know the Sox are a tough opponent to beat, but still, you don’t expect your ace to go out and unravel with a start like that.

Anyway, that’s how Gallardo’s season has gone thus far. He’s shown flashes of being in ace, and flashes of being… Well, something much worse than an ace. I know his numbers look good, but, ever since his injury at the All-Star break last year, he just hasn’t been the same.

The Brewers have a few potential aces in Gallardo, Shaun Marcum, and Randy Wolf, all of whom have sub-4.00 ERAs. If Zack Greinke has a good start today, he has a chance to bring his ERA below 4.00.

Anyway, my whole point here is to say that Gallardo needs to become more consistent. Wolf and Marcum have both been more consistent than him, in my opinion, which is why I think they could up him as being the Brewers’ ace. But I guess we’ll just have to wait until the end of the year to see who has the best numbers.


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