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I would take 5 innings and 2 er's all year long from him.

Also, he was facing the blue Jays after they just hung a 13 spot on us and have been pretty hot.

With all factors considered, it was a definite step in the right direction!

Definitely. He may not be the last hope, but he is the best right now. Anything better will cost this team resources.

Crossing my fingers.

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Encouraged to see his fastball sitting at 88-90 instead of 84-86. He can be an adequate back-end starter at 88-90.

This is what I was gonna ask since I didn't see the game today ....this is/was the key. Forgive me for not knowing the answer here and am too tired to dig and find out, but who did he bump from the rotation??

Assuming it was Wright, an 88 to 90 mph Gallardo would be a major upgrade. Gallardo however at this velo still may be JUST barely a back ender in the rotation. I'm curious but too tired to look up his velo last year compared to what we saw from him today.

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This is what I was gonna ask since I didn't see the game today ....this is/was the key. Forgive me for not knowing the answer here and am too tired to dig and find out, but who did he bump from the rotation??

Assuming it was Wright, an 88 to 90 mph Gallardo would be a major upgrade. Gallardo however at this velo still may be JUST barely a back ender in the rotation. I'm curious but too tired to look up his velo last year compared to what we saw from him today.

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Wright went down and TJMac went down for Hardy.

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This is what I was gonna ask since I didn't see the game today ....this is/was the key. Forgive me for not knowing the answer here and am too tired to dig and find out, but who did he bump from the rotation??

Assuming it was Wright, an 88 to 90 mph Gallardo would be a major upgrade. Gallardo however at this velo still may be JUST barely a back ender in the rotation. I'm curious but too tired to look up his velo last year compared to what we saw from him today.

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Wright and TJ went down.

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I was at the game today. The stadium gun had Gallardo 89-91.most of the time, with an occasional 92 and one 93 sprinkled in. The first two innings he couldn't throw his curve for a strike, but he found it just in time to wipe out Smoak in the 3rd and again in the 5th. His slider is interesting because it sat 87-88, just a tick or two slower than his fastball.

All in all, he wasn't dominant but he managed the game. I was encouraged and would take 19 more starts just like that one.

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Control wasn't good. Certainly dislike 4 walks in 5 innings. Don't like only 5 innings. But...

Only allowing 2 runs fresh off the DL to one of baseball's best offenses all whole sitting 87-90 with some 91-93? I'll take it. Good movement. Encouraging.

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Control wasn't good. Certainly dislike 4 walks in 5 innings. Don't like only 5 innings. But...

Only allowing 2 runs fresh off the DL to one of baseball's best offenses all whole sitting 87-90 with some 91-93? I'll take it. Good movement. Encouraging.

5 innings, but only 85 pitches. Probably goes 6 (maybe 7) if he wasn't on a limited pitch count.

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5 innings, but only 85 pitches. Probably goes 6 (maybe 7) if he wasn't on a limited pitch count.

Hopefully not. Pitches thrown is only part of the equation.

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Hopefully not. Pitches thrown is only part of the equation.

Buck's best relievers were well-rested and he wasn't going to take any chances with Gallardo getting tired. The shadows on the field were in a spot where Given's low arm angle made it extra tough to pick up his pitches.

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Buck's best relievers were well-rested and he wasn't going to take any chances with Gallardo getting tired. The shadows on the field were in a spot where Given's low arm angle made it extra tough to pick up his pitches.

I was speaking of going forward.

I think Texas had the right idea the second half of last season.

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Too many walks, but it was his first start back. I was happy with the results, and it was somewhat encouraging that his velocity was back up to the 91 MPH range instead of 88-89 MPH like it was before the rehab stint. He should definitely be a step up from Wright/Ubaldo.

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I was at the game today. The stadium gun had Gallardo 89-91.most of the time, with an occasional 92 and one 93 sprinkled in. The first two innings he couldn't throw his curve for a strike, but he found it just in time to wipe out Smoak in the 3rd and again in the 5th. His slider is interesting because it sat 87-88, just a tick or two slower than his fastball.

All in all, he wasn't dominant but he managed the game. I was encouraged and would take 19 more starts just like that one.

19 more starts allowing 9 baserunners every 5 innings probably wouldn't end up well. The bar is set very low if people are happy about this start. I'm still not optimistic.

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I wouldn't want 19 more starts where he allows that many baserunners either, but I expect (hope?) he won't be walking 4 batters every 5 innings going forward either. It was his first start back, so I think we need at least a few more before making too much of a judgement.

Does anyone remember the walks issued per inning? I'd be interested to see if they were earlier in the game or spread throughout. I can't remember.

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