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Posted on: April 7, 2011 4:59 pm
Edited on: April 7, 2011 6:50 pm
 

Rays, Red Sox need a Gallardo-like performance

By Matt Snyder

I love stats, including the overwhelming majority of the sabermetrics. I love the concept behind using the largest sample possible and not overreacting to just a few games. It's just that there's something no number can account for, and that's the fact that human beings are playing baseball. Robots wouldn't press or make mental errors. Humans do. And when you enter a season with big expectations, starting with a string of losses really can mentally wear on a team.

So if you look specifically at the Red Sox and Rays, an 0-6 start is bad. You can talk about it being early (it is) of how much of the season is left (96.3 percent of it, in fact), but until that elusive first victory is achieved, the players who genuinely care are going to start carrying around an enormous weight on their collective chests. If you strongly disagree with that sentiment, you either A) have never played baseball; or B) believe that making millions of dollars leaves players void of human emotions. Or both.

What the Rays and Red Sox need right now is to get a dominant performance from someone. It doesn't even matter who. Whether it's a pitcher throwing a shutout or an offensive player dropping three bombs in a game, someone has to explode and it will set everyone else at ease. It could even be a big inning early in a game from the entire offense -- as jumping out to something like a 6-0 lead would do wonders for the psyche. From there, things get back to normal and they can just play ball.

Look no further than the Milwaukee Brewers. Just three days ago, the sky was falling in Milwaukee. A team many expected to win the NL Central -- or at the very least, push the Reds -- had started 0-4.

Enter Yovani Gallardo. The 25-year-old pitcher put the team on his back, throwing a two-hit shutout against a potent Braves' offense. The bullpen had already blown two wins, so he just fired a complete game. The offense hadn't been firing on all cylinders, so he just didn't allow a run. Boom, losing streak over and the entire club can relax and just play baseball.

Low and behold, the Brewers have now won three games in a row and sit at 3-4. That isn't great, but it's not horrible -- especially after starting with the Reds and Braves and being without Zack Greinke and Corey Hart. You can call it a progression to mean if you want, and it is. But someone had to step up and get the team on track. Gallardo did.

All it takes is one game to get everyone out of the funk and relax. The Red Sox and Rays just need someone to step up and pull a Gallardo. Then they can concentrate on the 95-plus percent of the season that remains.

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Posted on: April 6, 2011 12:42 am
 

3 up, 3 down for 4/5: Yovani to rescue



By Matt Snyder


Lots of great performances Tuesday, so remember this is no all-inclusive list. There were also some young arms that excelled -- oh, and don't forget about the lanky toast of Queens . On the flip-side, there were some pretty equally dreadful performances. Basically, we're finally getting settled into a routine regular season. Thank the lord. Anyway, here we go.

3UP

Yovani Gallardo, Brewers. Had the Brewers' ace come through with merely a good outing, so long as it resulted in a victory, it would have been the biggest performance Tuesday. They desperately needed to get a win out of the way. Instead of simply being good enough, Gallardo did what a true ace does: He put the team on his shoulders. The offense hasn't hit well since opening day? No issue. All he needed was one (and, yes, that's all he got). The bullpen keeps melting down? No worries, Gallardo didn't need 'em. The 111-pitch complete game, two-hit shutout was a beauty in so many ways. He was easily the most important player in all of baseball Tuesday.

Melky Cabrera, Royals. Teammates Billy Butler and Alex Gordon had big blows leave the yard, but Melky's walk-off single propelled the now 4-1 Royals to a 12-inning victory. He was 3-6 with three RBI in the game.

Marlon Byrd, Cubs. After beginning the season just 3-18, Byrd went 3-4 Tuesday, his last hit being an RBI double that put the Cubs on top for good after a bullpen meltdown.

3DOWN


Manny Ramirez, Rays. According to various tweets, he's already drawing boos from the hometown fans. It's not like he's in Boston or New York. He's drawing boos in laid-back St. Petersburg. It's hard to argue with the locals, either. Manny B. Manny was 0-4 with three strikeouts and three men left on base Tuesday. That means he's hitting .063 with zero extra base hits, zero walks and a .126 OPS thus far. Let's give him lots more at-bats before sounding the alarm -- small sample size and all -- but it's entirely possible his illustrious career is running on fumes.

J.A. Happ, Astros. Not many more ways to say it. Happ was flat out dreadful against the Reds. He should blend right in with the rest of his team, I guess. In four innings, Happ gave up seven hits, five walks and seven earned runs. He walked in two guys and hit in another -- that's a hit-by-pitch with the bases loaded, not a base knock for his team. The Astros are 0-4 and have looked pretty awful -- though we should point out opening at Philly and Cincy isn't too easy.

Rafael Soriano, Yankees. Mark Teixeira's hot bat and CC Sabathia's lockdown pitching had the Yankees cruising to victory through seven with a 4-0 lead. Soriano entered. Walk, line out, walk, single and strikeout read the line after five hitters. Still, no runs had yet scored and there were two outs. But then Soriano walked Joe Mauer and allowed Delmon Young to clear the bases -- and more importantly tie the score -- with a double. Then, after the game, Soriano pulled a no-no when he refused to talk with the New York media. For a sampling of how the reporters feel about the situation -- and how they believe the other players feel as well -- check out this Twitter feed .

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Posted on: March 10, 2011 1:29 pm
 

Gallardo named Brewers' opening day starter

By C. Trent Rosecrans

In what would have been an upset a couple of weeks ago, but was now a foregone conclusion, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke officially named Yovani Gallardo his opening day starter.

Yovani Gallardo"With [Zack] Greinke and Gallardo, if you look at their last three years, they're both No. 1 [pitchers]," Roenicke told reporters Thursday morning (via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel). "Gallardo is also our ace."

The Brewers will follow Gallardo, 25, with Shaun Marcum, Randy Wolf and Chris Narveson. The fifth starter spot is still undecided. Because of an off day in Cincinnati the day after the opener, the Brewers could have Gallardo pitch again on regular rest instead of using a fifth starter.

"We may wait and see what Yovani does in the opener," Roenicke said.

Narveson is scheduled to start the home opener on April 4 against the Braves.

While Gallardo doesn't have the name recognition of Greinke, he's a quality starter and has done plenty on his own to earn the opening day nod on his own merit. An All-Star last season, Gallardo started on opening day last season for the Brewers, going 14-7 on the season with a 3.84 ERA. He recorded 200 strikeouts in 185 innings. His xFIP (fielding independent pitching, normalized for park factors) last season was 3.42 last season. Greinke was 10-14 with a 4.17 ERA last season, along with an xFIP of 3.76.

Gallardo lost his opening day assignment last season, but was matched up against Ubaldo Jimenez of the Rockies. Gallardo did struggle last season against the Reds, going 0-2 with a 9.22 ERA in three starts against the NL Central champs. Greinke faced the Reds once and threw a complete-game five-hitter in a  win.

Gallardo will face off against Cincinnati's Edinson Volquez in the opener at Great American Ball Park.

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Posted on: March 7, 2011 11:01 pm
 

Getting to know the Brewers

By Matt Snyder

TEAM MVP

Making the trade for Zack Greinke was big for the Brewers, but it didn't necessarily mean Greinke himself automatically became the most valuable player for the Brewers. It allowed Yovani Gallardo to move down to the two-slot in the rotation and -- when teamed with the acquisition of Shaun Marcum -- slotted Randy Wolf as the No. 4. That whole chain of events is huge. In terms of the position players, Prince Fielder is a monster bat in the middle of the order, but the heart and soul of the Brewers is Ryan Braun. The 27 year old rarely misses games or makes errors in the outfield. He's a clubhouse leader and is underpaid, comparing him to other perennial All-Stars, but content to stay with the Brewers and concentrate on winning. Oh, he also has a career 140 OPS-plus, which is outstanding, and steals 16 bases a year. For these reasons and many more, the MVP of the Brewers is easily Braun.

PLAYER ORACLE -- Teddy Higuera to Zack Greinke

Teddy Higuera played with Paul Molitor on the 1985 Milwaukee Brewers

Paul Molitor played with Denny Hocking on the 1998 Minnesota Twins

Denny Hocking played with Zack Greinke on the 2005 Kansas City Royals

POP CULTURE

In 2007, J.J. Hardy, Chris Capuano, Bill Hall and Jeff Suppan appeared on an episode of the "Young and the Restless." At the time the Brewers were in first place and the woman in the clip plays a rather enthusiastic fan of the four players. A few of the highlights she mentions were a stretch (Capuano as one of the best left-handed starters in the league? Really?), so maybe it's no surprise none of the four are still in Milwaukee. Seriously, weren't Braun and Fielder available?



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Posted on: October 12, 2010 7:10 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:58 am
 

R.I.P. Brewers: Pitching poor

As the sports world waits for the crowning of a champion, 22 other teams are busy preparing for spring training. What went wrong for these teams, and what does 2011 hold? MLB Facts and Rumors here at CBS Sports will be answering those questions through all of October. Next up: the Milwaukee Brewers.

Two years ago, the Brewers were exciting and a team to watch. They had potential, they had youth, they had star power. This year, they still had a team. It's not that the Brewers were bad -- they weren't good, but they weren't bad -- they were just immaterial. Still, the team has some talent and some hope for the future.

WHAT WENT WRONG

In a word: pitching. in two words: starting pitching.

Outside of Yovani Gallardo, the Brewers starters were not good. Randy Wolf had a winning record, but Gallardo and Chris Capuano were the only starters with an ERA+ of 100 or better, and Capuano was right at 100, but started just nine games. And then there was Jeff Suppan.

WHAT WENT RIGHT

John Axford The Brewers certainly have a potent offense -- they were third in the National League with a .759 OPS and fourth with 750 runs.

Rickie Weeks had the season everyone hoped he'd have when he showed such promise as a rookie in 2005. Weeks hit .269/.366/.464 with 29 homers and 83 RBI. Corey Hart had a great first half, hitting 21 homers en route to an All-Star appearance, but had just 10 the rest of the season.

John Axford (pictured) was lost in a sea of great rookies in the National League in 2010, but nearly any other season he'd find a way to pick up a Rookie of the Year vote or two as a result of his 24 saves and 2.48 ERA. Kameron Loe and lefty Zack Braddock were also impressive out of the bullpen.

HELP ON THE WAY

Amaury Rivas was a solid starter in Double-A, but beyond him, there's not much immediate impact in the Brewers' minor leagues for the rotation, which is where the team needs the most help.

The team's best position prospect, Brett Lawrie, plays second base. Weeks is headed to his third season of arbitration, so Lawrie may be a good choice to replace Weeks if the Brewers are out of the race at the trade deadline.

EXPECTATIONS FOR 2011

Right after the season ended, the Brewers announce they'd keep ticket prices the same -- that tells you something. Still, most will expect a little better than the 77-85 record. Most will be expecting a record around .500 with anything under the mark as a disappointment.

SUGGESTIONS FOR 2011

The Brewers have money to play with -- as they shed the contracts of Suppan, Bill Hall and Braden Looper. Plus they'll decline the option on Hoffman. That will help offset the raises set to kick in to Ryan Braun, Hart and Gallardo.

Prince Fielder They need to spend their extra money on starting pitching -- there's not a whole lot of attractive options out there, but I might go for a guy like Javier Vazquez. Vazquez has been a disappointment with the Yankees, but he's an innings-eater and going from the American League East to the National League Central would certainly help. They can also look through the trash heap at a guy like Kevin Milwood, maybe.

The biggest question will be what to do about Prince Fielder. The first baseman is a free agent after 2011, and this offseason would be the best time to ship him out of town. Fielder got his wish and the team jettisoned manager Ken Macha, but he's ready for his final year of arbitration and then free agency. He may be worth more before the 2011 season, but look for the team to hold on to him until the trade deadline.

2011 PREDICTION

The division the Brewers play in can't be stressed enough -- the National League Central has two pretty good teams in the Reds and Cardinals, but it's not as if they have a team like the Phillies or Yankees or Red Sox. If everything breaks right, the Brewers could be in it come September. More likely, though, they'll be comfortably in third place, behind the two better teams but better than the Cubs, Astros and Pirates.

Check out the rest of the R.I.P. reports here .

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 27, 2010 1:36 pm
Edited on: August 27, 2010 1:37 pm
 

Brewers pitcher robbed at gunpoint

Yovani Gallardo
Brewers starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo and a Brewers clubhouse attendant were robbed at gunpoint early Friday in Milwaukee, as first reported by the team's flagship radio station.

Gallardo and Alex Sanchez were robbed of money and jewelry in the parking lot of a supermarket. They complied with the gunman's demands, then the assailant struck Sanchez in the head with the butt of his gun. Gallardo was not hurt.

"We are aware of it, but we do not have any other details other than Yovani and Alex do not care to discuss it further," said Tyler Barnes, the Brewers' vice president of communications.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 6, 2010 7:38 pm
 

Gallardo put on DL


Yovani Gallardo The Brewers have placed right-hander Yovani Gallardo on the disabled list and the team activated left-hander Doug Davis.

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel' s Anthony Witrado , Gallardo had more tightness in his left oblique area than he was comfortable with and was placed on the disabled list.

General manager Gord Ash told Witardo it was a "safety first" decision.

Gallardo will be available  to come off the disabled list on July 20 in Pittsburgh. The Brewers had planned on bringing outfielder Lorenzo Cain to Milwaukee, but he never made it and the team needed to keep more pitchers on staff because of the recent strain on the bullpen.

Gallardo suffered the injury in the third inning of Sunday's game with the Cardinals, the same day he learned he'd made his first All-Star team. Manager Ken Macha said Monday that Gallardo would be unavailable for the All-Star Game , even if he wasn't placed on the DL.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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