May 29, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcherYovani Gallardo
(49) throws during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
3. Yovani Gallardo
Yovani Gallardo has a 5-6 record this season but is not indicative of how he has performed since he was acquired by the Rangers this past offseason. On the season, Gallardo has a 3.88 ERA in 11 starts this season which is just above his career 3.70 ERA. Some of this difference can be attributed to the increased difficulty of moving from the National League to the American League.
This past week, Gallardo has made two starts and picked up the win in each of them. He pitched 6 innings in each start, giving up a total of three earned runs and striking out 11. The most impressive part of these starts was that Gallardo managed these performances against two tough opponents in the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox.
Gallardo has given up at least one run in all but one start this season and even though he has received 3.56 runs/game support from the offense he has taken the loss in all the games in which he has give up more than two earned runs.
Moving forward, the Rangers will need more performances like this week to week from Gallardo to help lead this pitching staff. With the promotion of Gonzalez, having a veteran pitcher like Gallardo who is performing well will help the entire team.
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