Last night after I had gone to bed the Brewers announced that Yovani Gallardo, who had been tentatively scheduled to pitch in tonight's season finale, will sit out instead and be replaced by rookie righthander Josh Stinson. This will be Stinson's first major league start.
The Brewers claimed Stinson off waivers this spring from the Mets, who had drafted him in the 37th round in 2006. He posted a 3.16 ERA over 145.1 innings for AA Huntsville this season, but did it while walking 4.4 batters per nine innings and striking out just 5.6. He's pitched 5.1 scoreless innings in mostly mop-up duty for the Brewers this September.
As for Gallardo, he'll still enter play tonight as the NL leader with 33 starts this season but will miss the chance to set new career highs for innings pitched (he has 204, career best was 207.1) and strikeouts (he has 204, career high is 207). Including the playoffs he's pitched 430.1 innings since Opening Day 2011, even without tonight's start.