Cole Hamels (14-10, 3.09) faces 22-year-old righty Yovani Gallardo (0-0, 1.88) this afternoon. Gallardo made just four starts for the Brewers this season, allowing three runs in one start, one run in two starts and throwing seven shutout innings against the Marlins on April 25. Three of the starts came in April or early May. On May 1 he faced the Cubs and fell at first base, injuring his right knee. He had what was thought at the time to be season-ending knee surgery for a torn ACL. He was back throwing off a mound by mid-August, though, and was activated from the DL on September 23. On September 25 he started against the Pirates and went four innings, allowing a run on three hits and two walks while striking out seven. He has faced the Phillies once before. On August 3, 2007 in Milwaukee, Gallardo held the Phils to a run on four hits and a walk over 6 2/3 innings. The Brewers won the game 2-1 and Gallardo got the win. Fielder singled in a run in the first off of Kendrick and Braun put Milwaukee up 2-0 with an RBI single in the fifth. Burrell homered off of Gallardo in the seventh to cut the lead to 2-1, but that was how it ended.
Gallardo is a highly-touted, highly-talented super prosepct. But if he can put up a good performance in a playoff game in Philadelphia against the Phillies’ offense after throwing four innings since May 1 he’s going to go from highly-touted to legend pretty quick.
In 2007, he threw 110 1/3 innings, pitching to a 3.67 ERA with a 1.27 ratio. He struck out 101. Righties hit just .244 against him with a 1.17 ratio. Lefties didn’t hit much better, but drew a lot more walks. They ended ’07 at .247 with a 1.42 ratio. He doesn’t allow a lot of home runs — just 11 in 134 1/3 innings for his career.
Hamels has thrown 227 1/3 innings this season, second in the NL to only Johan Santana. The 24-year-old has been very good, though, throwing to a 2.98 ERA with a 1.18 ratio in his 13 starts since the All-Star break (9-6 with a 3.15 ERA and a 1.02 ratio before the break). Manuel did a far better job limiting pitch counts for Hamels in the second half of the season. Hamels threw 115 pitches or more four times through July 3 and just once after July 3. He threw 116 pitches on Tuesday as he went seven innings against the Braves.
Over his last three starts, Hamels has allowed six earned runs in 19 1/3 innings (2.79 ERA) with a 1.34 ratio. He’s still striking people out late in the season — 16 over his last 19 1/3 innings.
Hamels hasn’t walked more than three hitters in a game this season.
He faced the Brewers twice this season, on April 23 and September 13. On April 23 he allowed a pair of two-run homers to Fielder and the Phils lost 5-4. Earlier this month the Phils gave him a 5-0 lead in the second and Hamels got the win, holding Milwaukee to two runs on six hits and three walks over 6 1/3 innings. He’s made five career starts against the Brewers, going 2-1 with a 4.41 ERA and a 1.10 ratio.
Fielder is 4-for-15 (.267) with two home runs against him. Hardy 4-for-11 (.364) with two doubles and a home run. Braun 3-for-10 with a double and a home run. That’s about as bad as it gets, though. Hart 1-for-13 (.077), Durham 1-for-7, Cameron 1-for-7, Hall 3-for-15 with five strikeouts.
He’s made one post-season start in his career, going 6 2/3 innings against the Rockies in game one last year. He allowed three runs on three hits and four walks. Hopefully he’s gotten everything worked out with his shirt since then (in his playoff start last year, Hamels wore a long-sleeve shirt under his jersey on a hot day and allowed three runs early in the game — there was speculation by some, including Hamels, that the shirt was a factor).