Brewers Yovani Gallardo Back To Haunt Pirates, Rickie Weeks Out
By Tom Smith
Sep 8, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo (49) sits in the dugout after giving up 6 runs in 3 plus innings against the Miami Marlins at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Yovani Gallardo has had his exercise optioned by the Milwaukee Brewers leaving him to haunt the Pittsburgh Pirates for at least one more season. But Rickie Weeks is a free agent after the Brewers announced that they will decline their club option of $11.5 million dollars.
Yovani Gallardo owns the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Gallardo is dominant against the Pirates. Absolutely owns them. Pedro Alvarez has one knock against the Brewers right hander. Andrew McCutchen has had the most success with four homers.
The Brewers righty faced the Pirates five times in 2014. He was masterful in his first three starts. Gallardo pitched six innings and gave up two runs, and then three runs in his next start before he shut down the Bucs over seven innings in June while striking out eight.
Jul 11, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo (49) pitches in the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
But the Buccos got him in August chasing Gallardo after just five innings. The Bucs had eight hits and plated three runs. But in September, it was back to business as usual when the Pirates struck out eleven times while failing to plate a run.
One of the worst parts about Gallardo returning, is having to listen to The Fan repeat that Ron Cook sound bitE twenty times of Cook bluttering out GALLARDO!
Weeks signed a four year deal with the Brew Crew before the 2011 season that was over $38 million dollars. The 32-year old second baseman was a monster for the Brewers starting back in 2007 when he averaged 18 bombs a season. But since 2011, his numbers have fell off the cliff. Some clubs could be interested in Weeks because there simply aren’t that many second basemen on the free agent market this season.