Bubbles burst

Brewers’ fans desperate for a 5th starter other than Claudio Vargas to emerge have been dealt a cold, hard reality over the past 24 hours:
* Ben Hendrickson has been shipped to Nashville
* On Monday, Yovanni Gallardo got the nod against the Cubs…and allowed 5 hits and 3 ER in his 1 IP…marred by a Jacque Jones 3-run shot
* Zach Jackson came into the game in the second…and departed 2 1/3 innings later, allowing 3 hits and 3 ER’s as well…along with 4 BB’s versus a pair of K’s
Reality bites…as chances are winding down, Claudio Vargas has shown improvement, allowing just 2 ER’s over his last 9 IP…Vargas has also faced the Cubs twice–his stat line: 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 K’s, 0 BB’s, and 8 hits. As the Cubs are favored to win the Central, Vargas would appear to have the edge now for the #5 spot.
David Hannes
Copyright 2007

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