May 28, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo (49) throws a pitch during the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Baseball: Yovani Gallardo should be dropped now

Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo was a guy I targeted for a rebound this season after a pretty solid finish to the year in 2013.

May 15, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo (49) reacts after giving up a hit in the fifth inning during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Needless to say I can admit when I was wrong.

I ended  up buying Gallardo in one league and looked like I got a good deal on my purchase, but I have been kicking myself all  year and am prepared to move on.

If you own Gallardo as well, I suggest you do the same.

Gallardo has struggled all year and is no longer a must-own in standard leagues.

His did gain a win on Wednesday (his first since April 6) and he’s allowed three runs or more in each of his past six starts.  Gallardo is dealing with a nagging ankle injury, but until he can demonstrate that he’s capable of a quality start once again, he needs to be either benched or dropped. He’s also having problems keeping the ball in the ballpark and in the strike zone as he allowed two homers and walked five in 6.2 innings, striking out only five.

On the season Gallardo’s ERA (3.56) and WHIP (1.264) are much better than the number that he put up a season ago, but Gallardo no longer can be counted on to go out and deliver a consistent performance every five days.

Quite frankly he is simply too much of a risk to run out there on a weekly basis as he is doing more harm to your team than helping it.

The highlight of his season so far came when he hit a pinch-hit game-winning double on Tuesday to beat the Baltimore Orioles.

That should be reason enough to drop him immediately as there are better options out there to be found.

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