Originally written on Baseball Professor  |  Last updated 10/25/14
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I’m constantly torn on whether I like Yovani Gallardo. In 2011 it looked like he’d finally turned a corner, lowering his walk rate to just 2.56 BB/9, putting up a respectable 1.22 WHIP, and lasting more than 185 innings for the first time in his career. And then 2012 came and Gallardo reverted to the pitcher he’d been for the majority of his career, a high strikeout starter with only moderate control who could deliver a solid ERA but at the expense of his WHIP. That doesn’t mean there aren’t positives to be taken from Gallardo’s 2012 season. He did drop his fly ball rate to a career-best 31.5%, something that will certainly help him going forward in one of the 10 worst pitcher’s parks in the majors, but overall the season was a step back. He lost almost a full mile-per-hour off his fastball, found the strike zone just 39.3% of the time (a career-worst), induced swinging strikes just 7.8% of the time (worst since 2008), and allowed contact on 79.8% of batters’ swings (also worst sinc...
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