Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Gallardo Puts the Team on His Back Dog

The Milwaukee Brewers really do have something special in Yovani Gallardo, and it shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone. Amidst all the talk of Zach Greinke and Shaun Marcum, Yovani Gallardo is here to remind that we already had an ace all along. That's exactly what he did on Tuesday night at Miller Park, when he lead the Brewers to a 1-0 victory over the Braves. And when I say lead to a victory, I really mean carried them. Gallardo pitched a complete game shutout, giving up just two hits in the contest. He also scored the games only run. Just another day at the office for Yovani Gallardo.

Before the game, I was boasting that the Brewers four game losing streak would be matched with a four game winning streak, but unless Gallardo is pitching every night I don't see that happening. Gallardo's success tonight will mask the fact that the Brewers just aren't bringing in the runs right now. Prince Fielder is starting slow again this season, currently batting .176. Mark Kotsay got another start in right field, but is still hitless on the season. In fact, the whole bottom of the order is a wasteland right now. The Brewers are basically a five-man batting order at this point, and of those five Weeks is the only one that's really playing impressive baseball.

I did like the start of Nyjer Morgan in centerfield in this one, and I also loved him in the two hole. Morgan made the most of his opportunity going 3-for-4, and he should have scored a run but Prince Fielder grounded out because he's useless in April now apparently.

Hopefully the Brewers figure out how to score runs before Wednesday, because we still don't know who is starting on the hill. For now though, we got the win, and we only have Gallardo to thank.

POTG: Yovani Gallardo (1)


Nick said...

For what it's worth, Joe Posnanski picked Gallardo to be the break-out pitcher of 2011. His last two picks were Jiminez in 2010 and Grienke in 2009, so his track record is pretty good. I'm really glad we got Grienke but I do think that Gallardo should be our #1 pitcher. I would guess that he puts up the best season. He seems to get a bit better every year and should hit his peak soon. So glad we locked the guy up. Also very glad that we have other good pitchers besides him.

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