PITTSBURGH, PA (WSAU) Yovani Gallardo has moved ahead of Marco Estrada in the Milwaukee Brewers’ starting rotation. The right-handed Gallardo will start Tuesday night at Pittsburgh. And manager Ron Roenicke says it will give him one more start at the end of the regular season, in case the Crew needs to win the final game in order to make the playoffs.
Gallardo has won his last seven decisions. Roenicke says he’s been Milwaukee’s most consistent pitcher. And with the Brewers just two-and-a-half games out of Wild Card contention, the manager says it only makes sense to have Gallardo throwing as often as possible.
Also, Roenicke says right-handers Shaun Marcum and Mike Fiers will stay in the Brewers’ rotation. There are signs that the rookie Fiers is wearing down, with an E-R-A of just over six this month. It had been as low as one-point-oh-one in July. Roenicke says most of Fiers’ problems come at the start of a game – which tells him that the issue is not fatigue. The skipper notes that Fiers is not getting hit in the later innings.
Meanwhile, Marcum has struggled since returning from a two-month absence with a bad elbow. He’s 0-and-1 in five starts since then, with a five-point-seven-oh E-R-A. Roenicke says Marcum appears to be healthy – but he not been as sharp as expected. He only went four innings in Friday night’s loss to the Mets – but Roenicke said he believed that Marcum’s velocity had improved.