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Why can’t Yovani Gallardo beat the Cardinals?

Oct 13, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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Yovani Gallardo is a fantastic pitcher, but he struggled against the Cardinals last night in what has become a career-long pattern versus St. Louis.

Jordan Schelling of MLB.com crunched the numbers and found that Gallardo is 1-8 with a 5.78 ERA in 12 career starts against the Cardinals compared to 53-27 with a 3.32 ERA in 107 starts against everyone else.

What’s amazing about those terrible career numbers versus the Cardinals is that Gallardo threw eight shutout, one-hit innings against them back in May for the lone win in that 1-8 mark. In his other 11 starts versus St. Louis he’s 0-8 with a 6.56 ERA.

And if the Brewers can extend the series Gallardo will take the mound in Game 7 versus Chris Carpenter.

  1. osbornesmith - Oct 13, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    I really hate to point this out, but the Brewers could “extend the series” without another Gallardo vs. Carpenter matchup. They could win in 6. I hope it doesn’t happen, but it is possible.

  2. twofistedslopper - Oct 13, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    My hunch is that they make him throw more pitches and only swing at ones up in the zone. That, or he gets the willies from LaRussa’s steely glare.

  3. mcsnide - Oct 13, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    He’s also got a 7.76 ERA against the Dodgers. And a 6.69 against the Rockies. And a 5.34 against the Reds. On the other hand, he’s at 1.20 vs. Arizona, 1.91 vs Atlanta, and 1.98 vs. Philly.

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    • Kyle - Oct 13, 2011 at 2:10 PM

      Amen, brother.

  4. spudchukar - Oct 13, 2011 at 2:34 PM

    If you have faced a team 12 times and beaten them only once, and have averaged giving up 6 runs a game, it is at least a meaningful trend.

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