While Yovani Gallardo is still on the trade market, his disappointing first half may have scared some teams away.
Another dominant performance against the Miami Marlins could perhaps boost his value.
Gallardo aims to get on track and continue his mastery of the visiting Marlins, who try to snap their recent woes against the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night.
The All-Star break couldn't have come at a better time for Gallardo (7-8, 4.83 ERA), who struggled through the season's first 3 12 months. Besides posting the highest ERA of his career, Gallardo has recorded a career-low 7.21 strikeouts per nine innings and is already one loss away from matching his total from all of 2012.
In his final start before the break, Gallardo allowed three runs and four hits in six innings but didn't factor in the decision of a 5-3 loss at Arizona last Thursday.
"It's just frustrating," Gallardo, who was backed with an early three-run lead, told MLB's official website. "But that's how things are ...