If you’re going to pick a team to go along with the Seattle Mariners as the most disappointing of the first-half of the season, I would have to give that award to the San Diego Padres. There was plenty of hoopla when the Padres made some moves to bolster their squad in the offseason, most notably, adding Matt Kemp, who hasn’t been all that in San Diego thus far. With just a .247 batting average and 8 home runs, it just hasn’t been enough for what the Padres were bargaining for. He’s had his moments, but Kemp hasn’t been able to put the Padres over the top, like some were expecting. They have a similar record as the Mariners and have a similar type of disappointment to them as well. The Texas Rangers have looked like a shell of their form selves, but that hasn’t been much of a surprise. The Rangers are slowly getting their starting rotation back, but the damage has already been done. I don’t see them stringing together a solid enough second-half of the season to acquire a postseason spot. Yovani Gallardo has been a bright spot for the Rangers. He’ll be getting the call today against the Padres at home.
That was just cruel last night. The Angels had the bases loaded with no outs, but were unable to get a run out of that in the top of the 1st. Even then, it looked like Iwakuma was going to have another one of those nights, but after the 1st inning that was all the Angels could do. I didn’t see another runner in scoring position the whole night, expect on a fielder indifference in the 9th inning. It was looking promising right off the hop, but it was a tease, as the Mariners went on for a 5-0 victory. The Angels looked like they were going to explode on offense early, but they didn’t even get a single run. Baseball can be mean like that sometimes. With the All-Star break starting immediately after the final game tonight, we look at one last game in the first-half of the 2015 season. Is this year ever flying by or what?
San Diego Padres vs. Texas Rangers
Tyson Ross (5-7, 3.56 ERA) vs. Yovani Gallardo (7-7, 2.67 ERA)
If you want a pitcher that no one knows, but has been pitching some of the best baseball in the league lately, look no further than Yovani Gallardo. Do you want to name a pitcher that hasn’t allowed a run in four straight games for me? No, it isn’t Clayton Kershaw. That honor is reserved for Gallardo, who went four straight games, before allowing 3 runs in his last start against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Gallardo has been strong at home this season as well, posting a 2.52 ERA in 50 innings pitched. Yes, Gallardo deserves to be pitching in the All-Star Game on Tuesday.
Tyson Ross from the Padres will take on Gallardo today. He hasn’t been great or really bad. I’ll give Ross a rating of good to average this season. It is really what you would have expected from Ross at the halfway point of the season. However, it appears to me that he has been getting out of trouble pretty frequently. Ross holds a 1.45 WHIP with a .344 OBA. Not good. Eventually that will catch up to a pitcher. I’m going to have to side with Gallardo today before the All-Star Game, a game he should definitely be playing in. You’re going to find good prices on him because he still isn’t attracting much money. I am taking note though, and I like what I see with this hurler on the Rangers.
PICK: RANGERS TO WIN -126