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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Yovani Gallardo Does Everything

Rain forced the cancelation of the Brewers vs Rangers game yesterday. With that outcome already probable in the morning, the Brewers shifted Yovani Gallardo into the am AAA game. According to Adam McCalvy he threw 92 pitches over seven innings and "scored from second base on a single, dropped a perfect sac bunt and almost hit a home run to left field." Gallardo has looked extremely sharp this spring, and this outing reminded me of the sheer awesomeness of our homegrown ace.

Gallardo went 14-7 in 2010, setting a new personal high for wins in a single season. He finished the year with 185 innings pitched and notched 200 strikeouts for the second consecutive season (204 K in 2009). He also batted .254/.329/.508 with 10 RBI and 4 HR. He was selected for the All-star game and won the Silver Slugger award for NL pitchers. He was also the first pitcher ever to homer off of Randy Johnson. Basically, the guy is just awesome. The way he's looked so far tells me he might be primed for a truly special year.

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