Yesterday Yovani Gallardo pitched in what was probably his 2nd or 3rd worst start of the season for the Milwaukee Brewers. Which is funny because I never for one second thought that the game was in doubt. When Yovani hits homeruns, the Brewers win. It's just that easy, but it's more than that too. When Yovani gets the ball, we expect to win. Something is happening here. Something amazing and every time Yovani Gallardo takes the mound for the Brewers is becoming must see TV. He is the Seinfeld of the Brewers TV lineup. (Randy Wolf? The Marriage Ref.)
How good has Yovani been? Well, including yesterday's start he's been the fourth most valuable player in the National League according to WAR (Wins Above Replacement). Not pitcher, player. Think about that for a second. All season long we have heard and talked about Hart's power surge or Casey McGehee's continued success at the plate, but we haven't heard much about Yovani Gallardo. He's not only been the team's ace, but he's been the team's MVP and put himself in the conversation for best pitcher in the National League. Seriously. Thus far this season Yovani has been better than Johan Santana, Roy Halladay (not by much, but still), Tim Hudson, Roy Oswalt, Tim Lincecum, Adam Wainwright and Chris Carpenter. This is really happening.
And to think just under two months ago Anthony Witrado said this about him:
Right-hander Yovani Gallardo was counted on to be the staff ace, and while he hasn't been that, he has easily been the most effective starter in the rotation.
Which just goes to show how good Yovani has been this season. Since then he's made a moron like Anthony Witrado realize how good he is and he probably won't say something that dumb for the rest of the season (about Yovani at least). Still, I don't think the word is out on Yovani like it should be. Jack Moore of Disciples of Uecker and Fangraphs recently included him in a post for ESPN called "Hidden All-Stars". Really? The third best pitcher in the National League is somehow in doubt of being an All-Star? It's a secret? It's under the radar? Seriously? It's crazy to think, but I don't think the world has realized how good Yovani really is and I don't think Brewers fans even realize how lucky we are to have him. With so much talk about how the Brewers "can't develop pitching" we have a bonafide ace right here under our noses that we drafted, we developed and we have under contract for the next five years (all together now: YESSSSS!!!!!!). The list of teams with homegrown aces is short and the Brewers are on it. That's exciting.
Maybe it's better this way. Yovani Gallardo is like that indie band you loved so much. You didn't care if they sold a ton of records, they were making music for you and you only. You didn't want to share them with the world. Then one day they came for a show and the venue was bigger than you expected and the next thing you know there was thousands of people there. These people were singing along to all the songs too and suddenly, they weren't your band anymore. They belonged to everyone else. I don't want to go through that with Yovani, not like I did with the Insane Clown Posse Wilco. I want him to be ours forever, putting on pitching performances just for us and hitting homeruns just for us. It's better that way. Trust me.
So, when people ask you about him. Lie. When they ask you to tell them about him. Keep your mouth shut.
Yovani Gallardo? Oh, uhh, that guy? He's okay. I guess.