The Brewers have announced that righthander Yovani Gallardo will start Game 1 of the NLDS on Wednesday against Phillies lefthander Cole Hamels. Lefthander/machine CC Sabathia will pitch Game 2 on Thursday against righthander Brett Myers, which means Sabathia can pitch Game 5, if necessary.
This is an interesting move for the Brewers, but one that makes good sense. Jeff Suppan has been terrible in September (0-3 with an 8.44 ERA), so why not go with Gallardo? He is 0-0 with a 1.88 ERA in four starts this season. Don't know Gallardo? He went 9-4 with a 3.74 ERA in 17 starts last season. He looked very, very good in his first three starts this year before he tore the ACL in his right knee May 1. He started for the first time Thursday against Pittsburgh, allowing three hits and one run and striking out seven.
He is expected to be the Brewers' ace next season.
But how long can Gallardo go? He will be well rested, but is he capable of pitching deep into a game? If the Phillies can work a high pitch count on Gallardo, it would send the Phillies into that shaky Brewers bullpen earlier than Milwaukee wants. And that would be a good thing.