Bits: Struggling Yovani Gallardo fires gem 

June, 11, 2013
All the games count equally, so let’s not shortchange Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Yovani Gallardo for Monday’s excellent performance as he tossed eight innings of four-hit, shutout ball against the lowly Miami Marlins. After all, Miami's lineup did feature the return of slugger Giancarlo Stanton from the disabled list. Gallardo, however, will need more than conquering a Double-A lineup to fix his disappointing season. In fact, this appears to be a wise time to try to sell high before he faces the tougher Cincinnati Reds and Atlanta Braves in his next few outings.
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Yovani Gallardo
AP Photo/Alan Diaz Despite Monday's gem, Yovani Gallardo's ERA is still 4.74.

Gallardo wasn’t treated like a fantasy ace in drafts this season, but he had been for years, despite final results that were strong in the strikeout department but always lacking a bit in ERA and WHIP. This is a pitcher with a career WHIP on the wrong side of 1.30, and only one of the past four seasons has it been better than that. It’s currently at 1.38, down from 1.49 before Monday. Of course, in all four of those seasons, he has struck out 200 or more hitters, and he’s won in the teens each time with an ERA in the mid- to high-3s -- there’s nothing wrong with any of that -- but it’s always about value, and fantasy owners have expected more. This season, they’ve received considerably less.