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Thursday, September 06, 2007

Player Focus: Yovani Gallardo

On 9/5, Yovani Gallardo pitched 7 shut-out innings to help the Brewers beat the Astros 14-2. Sluggers Prince Fielder & Ryan Braun contributed a HR & 3 RBI each to help with the team's offense.

Gallardo was 3-1 with a 2.72 ERA through the end of July, but really hit some rough patches in August. In three of this starts that month, he allowed a combined 23 ER in 11-1/3 IP, which jumped his overall ERA from the mid 2.00's to the high 4.00's. His 04 Donruss Elite EE Auto RC #'d 803 fell from an average TAC price of $54.50 in July to $47.53 in August, as a result. His 04 SP Prospects Auto RC #'d 400 was selling in the $160-170 range in August. One sold on 9/2 for $105.

Hopefully Gallardo has gotten all of the bad out of his system, and can now focus on helping his team into the post-season. The Brewers' rotation could really use the boost, with 4 of their 6 starters posting an ERA of 4.75 or higher.

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