Aug 4, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo (49) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Houston Astros at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
Immediately after the Trade Deadline, Gallardo might have looked like a guy the Blue Jays really could have used. Let’s set aside the fact that they landed David Price for a minute. Gallardo had himself an August. In 27.1 innings, his ERA sparkled at 1.98. He only gave up one HR in the whole month. After a bit of a shaky July (1.88 WHIP), he saw his WHIP come down to 1.39. Hitters collected a line of .269/.342/.388. This is n’t great, but it is his 2nd best month of the season.
September hasn’t been so kind to the 29 year old impending free agent. In 14.2 innings, his ERA sits at 5.52. He’s given up 18 hits and 9 earned runs in September. Hitters are hitting .300 against him. He’s striking out 5.5/9 and walking over 3/9. His WHIP has also crept up to 1.57. Is this the ace the Blue Jays needed? Decidedly not.
Gallardo’s Rangers are fighting for the AL West lead at 1.5 games back of Houston. They hold the 2nd Wild Card spot with several teams barking at their heals. While Gallardo is good, his team would feel much more comfortable with a true ace. That’s why they brought in Cole Hamels. Sorry, Rangers fans. Had to mention him. In 7 starts, he’s 3-1, 4.07 and hasn’t exactly started his AL experience on fire. There’s been some adjustments along the way.
Meanwhile, the Blue Jays managed to avoid both of these guys and their respective issues in favor of Price. Fans of the Rangers and Blue Jays alike would surely agree that Toronto got the better of it.
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