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Brewers scratch Yovani Gallardo from Wednesday start

Sep 26, 2011, 6:34 PM EDT

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Unlike the rest of the teams already in the postseason, the Brewers don’t know exactly who their No. 1 starter is.  It looks like they may have made the decision today, as they went from listing Yovani Gallardo as Wednesday’s starter to a TBA for the day.

The Brewers have Shaun Marcum starting tonight, so he’s right in line to start Saturday’s Game 1.  However, now it looks like he could go Sunday on five days’ rest, allowing Gallardo to slot in first.  The complicating factor there is that Zack Greinke hasn’t pitched since Saturday, so he’d be going on nine days’ rest if the Brewers held him back for next Tuesday’s Game 3.  Gallardo likely would have been the Game 3 starter had he pitched Wednesday.

So, the Brewers may have a couple of more manuevers left in store.  For one, they’ll probably want to get Greinke a couple of innings in Wednesday’s regular-season finale to prevent the long layoff.  They could also use Gallardo for a couple of innings then, though that would put Marcum back in line for Game 1.

Really, it all comes down to who they want to start Game 5.  There isn’t a whole lot separating the pitchers at the moment.  Here are their second-half numbers:

Gallardo: 7-5, 3.20 ERA, 103/15 K/BB in 90 IP
Marcum: 6-4, 3.20 ERA, 55/21 K/BB in 84 1/3 IP
Greinke: 8-3, 2.56 ERA, 98/28 K/BB in 91 1/3 IP

The one thing we can be sure of is that Randy Wolf will start Game 4.  He’s 7-4 with a 3.57 ERA sinec the All-Star break.

  1. channingtaintum - Sep 26, 2011 at 11:32 PM

    There is no reason to even go by their numbers from the season. It all depends on the Brewers wrapping up home field.

    If they get it, Gallardo and Grienke 1-2, they’ve been lights out at home. If they don’t get home-field, you go Marcum game 2 so Grienke gets a start at Miller Park.

  2. dannomac21 - Sep 27, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    agreed with the guy above me. greinke will be starting at home, and marcum will be starting on the road, no matter what

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