Yovani Gallardo has been the ace of the pitching staff for the Milwaukee Brewers for the past few years, and with the team’s lack of offense at the beginning of last season, it could be up to Gallardo to pick up the slack. Gallardo finished 16-9 last year with a 3.66 ERA as the Brewers missed the playoffs again. Gallardo is a pitcher that can win 20 games in a season if all the pieces fall in place. This may not be the season for that, but Gallardo is going to need to win at least 16 games for Milwaukee to be successful.
The Brewers will be without Corey Hart to start the year, and with that loss Milwaukee’s offense is basically down to Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez. The Brewers aren’t going to score a lot of runs to begin this 2013, season and Gallardo will need to be near perfect during the first six weeks if the Brewers want to stay above the .500 mark. That may seem like a lofty goal but it is something that must happen.
Gallardo has the talent to take Milwaukee on his back and lead them to the top of the National League Central. Milwaukee scored nearly five runs a game last year behind Gallardo but it could be more like two or three runs early this year. Gallardo has a very team-friendly contract through 2014 and the Brewers having an option for 2015 but Milwaukee needs to get more pitching help behind Gallardo because he can’t do it alone.