Posted by Dan
With Gallardo blowing through the PCL like they are a bunch of little leaguers, many Brewer fans are getting antsy to clear a rotation spot for him. The two candidates are obviously going to be Dave Bush and Claudio Vargas. I know I’m beating the “Dave Bush is not this bad” horse again, but bear with me. Ok, we all know Bush’s ERA is 5.67 and Vargas’ is a much more respectable 4.01. But consider that Bush’s WHIP (a better indicator of future performance) is 1.33 and Vargas is 1.53. This shouldn’t surprise anyone, since it appears that Vargas is in endless trouble on the mound. With runners in scoring position, opponents are hitting just .161 off of Vargas. Lest you think (like some do) that he has developed the ability to simply bear down and work out of trouble, his career batting average against with runners in scoring position is .254 so I think its pretty clear he has been relatively lucky to strand as many as he has. This kind of turned into an anti-Vargas post– he has had good results and been a great 5th starter. However, real men prefer Bush.