Gallardo's workload: What do you think?
Yovani Gallardo was outdueled again on Saturday, and now the question becomes how much more the Brewers will let their young ace duel this season.
Gallardo (12-11) took the loss despite his team-best 17th quality start this season while surpassing the 3,000-pitch threshold — a dangerous place, according to club officials, for a 23-year-old pitcher who missed all but four regular-season starts last season because of a knee injury. Considering that the Brewers’ elimination number — the combination of Brewers losses and Cardinals wins that would formally bounce Milwaukee from the NL Central race — fell to 12 on Saturday, the team is considering whether to limit Gallardo’s workload over the final four weeks of the season or just end his year entirely.
“We’ve talked about that,” general manager Doug Melvin said Saturday afternoon. “We did push this start back, and it will happen again. … We may [shut him down] later on, but I don’t know if he would want to do that, either, or if his agent would want that if he has a chance to win 15 games.”
Gallardo was originally lined up to pitch Thursday in St. Louis, but he was bumped two extra days to rest up for the Giants. A team off-day in the coming week means Gallardo will get at least one extra day before his next start, and manager Ken Macha may give him more.
“All I know is there will be another adjustment after this off-day [Thursday],” Macha said. “Maybe a couple of days. We’ll see how that all works out.”
Macha then changed the subject, promising reporters that he would have more on the Gallardo front — a “presentation” — on Sunday morning.
So we will see if Macha has anything for us today. In the meantime, if you were in charge, how would you handle Gallardo over the final four weeks of the season?