The Brewers No. 1 pitcher this year is Yovani Gallardo.
On May 2, 2008, Gallardo had a significant injury when he tore his ACL while fielding a ball at first base. He was out the rest of the season with the exception of an appearance in a Sept. 25 game.
Gallardo has a lot to prove coming into the 2009 season. Despite mising the majority of the 2008 season, Gallardo still has a lot of potential.
In 2007 he had an ERA of 3.67 and a record of 9-5. In his 24 innings pitched in 2008, he had an ERA of 1.88.
This season Gallardo could break through. I'm reminded of a few seasons ago, in 2006, when Hardy was out with an ankle injury that cost him the remainder of year.
The next season, he batted .277 with 26 HR and 80 RBI. Last season he batted .283 with two stolen bases 24 HR and 74 RBI.
Hardy is a consistent player with two consecutive seasons of 20+ home runs. He is a perfect example of how to bounce back from a season ending injury. Lucky No. 7.
Gallardo is a flyball pitcher. He's able to send his 89-92 mph fastball to both sides of the plate. He throws his change-up anytime in the count. He's got a solid mound presence.
Gallardo's number is 49. 7x7=49. Lucky guy!
It'll be great to see what the future has for this young arm.