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Gallardo is exactly who the O’s need to get

Yovani Gallado will never come close to being considered for a Cy Young but he's a consistent pitcher who eats up a ton of innings.

Yovani Gallado will never come close to being considered for a Cy Young but he’s a consistent pitcher who eats up a ton of innings.

Yovani Gallardo is exactly who the Orioles need in their rotation. The guy might not strike everybody out, he might not overwhelm any batters with incredible stuff and he’ll never come close to having the lowest ERA in baseball, but he does something incredibly valuable for a team: pitch a lot of innings.

The strength of the Orioles is the back end of the rotation. Having a guy like Gallardo, who can consistently go out there and pitch deep into game so the game can be turned over to setup man or closer, would work perfectly because all he would have to do is keep the Orioles in the game before they shut it down.

Gallardo is similar to James Shields in that respect. Shield had middle of the road numbers but led the Royal to the World Series two years ago by simply being a reliable and consistent innings eater, which is another underrated quality in a pitcher: consistence.

When Ubaldo Jimenez steps on the hill the Orioles don’t know if they are going to get a guy who is going to strike eight or nine batters out or a guy who is going to give up eight or nine runs. Gallardo is just steady and what you see is what you get. That consistency really helped the Rangers, a team that lost their ace Yu Darvish before the season even started, win the AL West and make the playoffs.

Gallardo made 33 starts and pitched 184.1 innings pitchers. It was his seventh-straight season with 30-plus starts and 180-plus innings. His strikeout rate has dipped from four-straight 200-plus seasons to 121 last year, but his move from the National League with Milwaukee to the AL with Texas could explain part of that. Certainly the will-be 30-year-old has lost some of his best stuff but he is still a very solid guy the Orioles would need in their rotation, especially if they lose Wei Yin-Chen in free agency, who was by far the team’s most consistent pitcher last year.

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Corey Johns

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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