It will be all up to starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo to help the Milwaukee Brewers end the month of May on a good note. The Brewers will try to avoid being on the wrong side of franchise history when they take the field against the Philadelphia Phillies Friday night.
Milwaukee has posted a 5-22 record in 27 games in May, which ties the worst winning percentage of any month in franchise history. With a loss against the Phillies, the Brewers would post a franchise-worst 23 losses and the lowest winning percentage (.179). What makes it even worse is that Milwaukee posted one of the longest winning streaks in a given season in franchise history when they won nine in a row in mid-April.
“It’s been a rough month,” Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said a few days ago, according to Brewers.com. “We’ll get it going, but this is tough.”
What makes the current situation that much harder to swallow is that the offense and bullpen has been decent in 2013. Unfortunately, the starting rotation has been absolutely horrendous. Milwaukee’s rotation ranks dead last in the National League in earned run average (5.43), hits allowed (334), earned runs (173), home runs (47), WHIP (1.47) and opponent’s batting average (.289).
The month of May has historically not been kind to the Brewers. In fact, Milwaukee has only been skillful enough to finish the month above .500 three times over the past 13 years.
The good news is Gallardo is someone Milwaukee wants on the mound of they are going to end their current six-game losing streak. Even though the right-hander got knocked around pretty good in a loss against the Pittsburgh Pirates in his last outing, he has been one of the better statistical pitchers this season. Not to mention, Gallardo is 2-0 with a 1.93 earned run average in two starts against the Phillies since 2010.