Yovani Gallardo: not an All-Star?

July, 6, 2009
7/06/09
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Xtreme Blog's got a candidate for biggest All-Star snub, and it might be a guy you haven't heard about already:
 Gallardo
    There are many players deserving to be an all-star this season, but no bigger then Milwaukee Brewers ace Yovani Gallardo. With free agent C.C Sabathia leaving the Brew Crew in the offseason, there were a ton of questions regarding the Brewers pitching rotation. Everyone knows the Brewers have the bats with Prince Fielder & Ryan Braun, but the pitching was the main concern coming into the season. Gallardo is not only the ace of this staff, I feel like he is one of the best young pitchers in the majors. Gallardo for the season is currently 8-5 with a 2.75 ERA and almost 10 K/9.
I'm mentioning this only because Keith Law, who did a great job in reviewing the All-Star rosters yesterday, didn't mention Gallardo. I'm sure he had his reasons. But it's worth noting that Gallardo has eight wins, the sixth-best ERA in the National League and is fifth in strikeouts. The only semi-blot on his record is his relative lack of durability; he's just 21st in the league in innings.

Whether Gallardo gets to pitch one inning in the middle of July is inconsequential. What's consequential is that Gallardo, who missed nearly all of last season with a serious knee injury, has now established himself as one of the best pitchers in the league. If Gallardo were getting any help at all from his rotation-mates, the Brewers might be running away with the NL Central.

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