Brewers NLDS Rotation: Yovani Gallardo To Start Game One

The rest of the rotation is up in the air, but Brewers manager Ron Roenicke is going with Yovani Gallardo in the first game of the NLDS. From the Associated Press:

Even before they found out who or where they're playing, the Milwaukee Brewers decided to hand the ball to Yovani Gallardo for Game 1 of the NL Division Series.

What could have been a difficult decision was made easier by the logistics of the end of the season. Zack Greinke pitched in the season finale against the Pirates, and because the Brewers were still jockeying for home-field advantage for the first round, he pitched a full six innings (albeit throwing only 74 pitches). This would probably take him out of the running for a start in the second game, which would go to Shaun Marcum.

One thing that could make Roenicke pitch Grienke on three-days' rest, though, is Marcum's splits this season:

I Split W L ERA G IP HR BB SO
Home 5 4 4.81 17 103.0 14 34 76
Away 8 3 2.21 16 97.2 8 23 82
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/29/2011.


Maybe it's a fluke, or maybe it isn't, but Marcum hasn't liked Miller Park this season. And it's worth nothing that he hasn't given up a single earned run at Chase Field this year. Well, he hasn't pitched there either, but don't be a lawyer about it.

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