First impressions are always huge and Yovani Gallardo‘s first impression with the Texas Rangers has been one to forget. After being viewed as a long time ace in Milwaukee, Gallardo headed to Texas to be the answer and so far his spring has been a nightmare.
Through three starts as a Ranger, Gallardo has allowed a total of 13 runs in just 10.1 innings pitched. His worst outing came on March 22nd against the Mariners. While he was able to go 4.2 innings and strike out six batters, Gallardo was rocked. He allowed eight runs and two massive homers in a 8-0 loss to the Mariners. It has truly been a spring to forget.
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Coming off of a career best year in 2014 where he compiled 3.51 ERA, the Rangers will need Gallardo to rebound quickly if they have any hope to contend in the always competitive American League West. Adding the loss of pitcher pitcher Yu Darvish and they will need to have Gallardo be an ace again.
Recently, the team has shown confidence in Gallardo by giving him the nod as the opening day starter. Though he has had massive struggles, the team has faith that he will be able to put it together when the games count. It will be the sixth straight time Gallardo has pitched in this role.
Yovani gets his 6th straight #OpeningDay nod. This time, as a member of the @Rangers: http://t.co/ay7JysqYJj pic.twitter.com/l5PVCLCn3z
— MLB (@MLB) March 27, 2015
While I feel that Gallardo will rebound and have a strong, contract year in Texas, I still am very happy with the move from a Brewers’ standpoint. Gallardo was one of the best home-grown pitchers that Milwaukee has had in a long time, but by getting a plethora of talented prospects the Brewers are much better off than having one more year of Gallardo. With the tremendously underrated depth in the rotation, the Brewers will be just fine.