Texas Rangers: Yovani Gallardo

Trade Target: Yovani Gallardo

July, 19, 2013
This is the latest in a series of blogs looking at possible trade options for the Texas Rangers before the trade deadline.

Today's target: Yovani Gallardo

As we've talked about, the starting pitching market is thin as the deadline gets closer. One name that could be out there who isn't at the level of a Matt Garza or Cliff Lee is Gallardo.

The 27-year-old right-hander is in the middle of his worst season as a professional. He's 7-8 with a 4.83 ERA in 20 starts. He has strikeout rate around 18 percent, which is the worst of his carer. The velocity on his fastball has dropped nearly two mph from 2011, according to Tristan Cockcroft of ESPN.com.

But he's only a half season removed from going 16-9 with a 3.66 ERA in 204 innings. He has an ERA just barely over 2.00 in four postseason appearances. Would a change of scenery help? Could he experience a return to form under pitching coach Mike Maddux? Perhaps. It's a risk. He's owed $11.25 million next season with a club option for 2015. So if he does turn it around, he's not a rental. If he doesn't, that's a decent chunk of change tied up in a struggling pitcher.

Does Gallardo constitute a huge upgrade? Not if he pitches like he has in July (1-1, 9.00 ERA). But what if you get the guy that sported a 2.32 ERA in six June starts, including three quality starts?

Any interest in Gallardo? Or is he not good enough for the Rangers to consider at this point?

Lewis leads Rangers past Brewers

June, 13, 2010

What more can you say about Colby Lewis' performace Sunday in Milwaukee? He did it all.

Eight incredible innings of work, only sacrificing three hits and tying a career high with 10 strikeouts. Prince Fielder was the only player that could put wood to Lewis' stuff. The first baseman accounted for all the Brewers' offense with two solo home runs.

In the sixth inning, Lewis collected the first hit by a Rangers pitcher in two years when he drove in two runs after a great at-bat against Brewers ace and Fort Worth native Yovani Gallardo. He then became the first starting pitcher to have a multi-hit game in five years when he ripped a pitch to right field in the eight inning.

Michael Young moves one hit away from tying Pudge Rodriguez's record after a double in the fourth. He would later score off a Josh Hamilton home run. Hamilton finished the game with two hits, three RBI's and a walk.



Adrian Beltre
.325 18 75 77
HRA. Beltre 18
RBIA. Beltre 75
RA. Beltre 77
OPSA. Beltre .882
WC. Lewis 10
ERAC. Lewis 5.34
SOY. Darvish 182