Yovani Gallardo currently is sporting a 3.47 ERA — below his career-best mark of 3.51 set last season with the Milwaukee Brewers.
But the Rangers' starter has seen that number climb dramatically since he saw his streak of 30-plus scoreless innings come to an end in July.
In fact, Gallardo hasn't registered a quality start since July 2, and he has only worked six innings once since then — allowing five runs in six innings of work against the Yankees on July 30.
Now, he'll look to buck that trend on Tuesday night, and the game is set up nicely for him to succeed. The Rangers are on the road, where they've been fantastic this year, and the Twins' entire lineup is scuffling at the moment for a team that has won just two of its last 10 games.
Prior to his last start against Houston (three earned runs in five-plus innings), he had allowed five earned runs in three consecutive starts.
The Rangers have seen Gallardo be a very good veteran starter for them, but it's been a while. Tuesday night would be a good time to see that version of Gallardo again.