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Friday, July 29, 2005

Walking on Gallo-ed Ground

Since giving up 1 ER in 1/3 IP vs. the Padres on July 6 going into the All-Star Break, the Astros' LOOGY has made 9 appearances covering 5 IP and allowed only 3 hits, ZERO runs, walked 1 and K'd 3. Overall, Gallo's ERA is down to 2.35 and his WHIP is an equally impressive 0.91. Here's how he's fared against mighty (some mightier than others) LH sluggers, the LOOGY's ultimate job description:

Adam Dunn: 0-1 (K)
Cliff Floyd: 0-1 (K)
Bobby Abreu: 0-1
Chase Utley: 0-1
Matt Lawton: 0-1
Brian Giles: 1-2, RBI, BB
Ryan Klesko: 1-2, double
Larry Walker: 0-1
Jose Vidro: 0-1
Brad Wilkerson: 0-1

Strangely, despite the above numbers v. lefty hitters, Gallos BAA v. RH batters is .100, while his BAA v. LH batters is .294. The sample size, of course, is exceedingly small (15 ABs v. LHB, 6 v. RHB and 5 v. switch-hitters).

Now, I'm not advocating that the Astros' don't need LH relief help; I trust Gallo as far as I can throw Raul Chavez post-postgame spread. But I am saying that it is almost time for Tim to step up and give some credit where it is (shockingly) due.

1 Comments:

Blogger Tim said...

Give Gallo his due? How about this: Mike, thanks for completely failing to get Cliff Floyd out in today's game. As I so eloquently posted earlier, you're supposed to be a lefthander who can get other lefthanders out. Garner brings you into a crucial situation in today's (Sunday) game, and you predictably serve up the go-ahead run. The only surprise was that you were only rocked for a single instead of a three runs. I will name my first child Beltran before I retract my statements about Gas Can Gallo.

Sun Jul 31, 09:09:00 PM  

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