Although Yovani Gallardo has the Lincecum-esque locks flowing from his baseball cap and the numbers to match any top pitcher in the MLB, he still remains out of the conversation of the leagues best. Entering his seventh season with the Milwaukee Brewers,I expect even bigger things from Gallardo in 2013.
In a time when starting pitchers are going down left and right due to injury, it’s important to give those that stay healthy a little bit of credit. At 26-years-old, Gallardo started 33 games in 2012 and has started more than 30 games in each of the last four seasons–being able to take the ball every fifth day is something that shouldn’t go unnoticed.
Gallardo has never had a losing record in his six-year career, and given the recent success of the NL Central, that is no easy feat. After tearing a ligament in his left knee back in 2008, Gallardo has struck out more than 200 batters in four consecutive seasons and shows no signs of slowing down.
With all of the Brewers attention going towards the tireless Ryan Braun saga, perhaps the fan base can find hope in Gallardo, who has been an ace for the club each of the last four seasons. I understand many don’t like to throw the term “ace” around, but he has earned it and is becoming a losing-streak-stopper, winning 69 of his 148 starts.
To compete with a revamped Cincinnati Reds team and the always pesky St. Louis Cardinals,the Brewers will put more faith than ever in a number one starter who has done his job and then some for the Brewers organization.