As July came to a close, the Milwaukee Brewers had serious questions whether Yovani Gallardo was going to ever regain form as the consistent pitcher he had been for most of his six seasons in the big leagues.
An injury is never a good thing, but Gallardo's hamstring strain and the subsequent time on the disabled list completely turned his season around. Making his final start of the year Friday night in New York, Gallardo allowed just two runs in six innings for his 12th win of the season, leading the Brewers to a 4-2 victory.
Gallardo improved to 4-1 with a 2.41 ERA in eight starts since returning from the disabled list in August, giving the Brewers a piece of mind knowing one of their top pitchers is back on track. The strong finish was also important to Gallardo himself heading into the offseason.
"I think we all want to finish strong, especially if it has been a tough year," Gallardo said. "That was the goal when I came off the DL -- just be consistent every five days for the...