Feb 26, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo (49) during photo day at Maryvale Baseball Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE
Can the Brewers turn last night's come-from-behind win into a winning streak today? If you're in Wisconsin and near a TV you'll be able to watch them try as FS Wisconsin broadcasts their first game of the spring.
Follow us after the jump for today's pitching matchup, then join us in the comments to discuss today's game!
Today we'll see Yovani Gallardo (3.52 ERA, 3.59 FIP in 2011) make his spring training debut, the first of six scheduled Cactus League appearances for the Brewers' projected Opening Day starter. Gallardo is coming off a year where he pitched a career-high 207.1 innings during the season plus 19 more in the playoffs, so the Brewers are planning on giving him a light workload this spring.
Gallardo has never faced the A's during the regular season.
He'll face former National pitcher Tom Milone (4.50 ERA this spring, 3.81/3.56 ERA/FIP in 2011), spending his first spring with the A's after coming over in the Gio Gonzalez trade over the winter. Milone is 25 and just made his major league debut for the Nats in 2011, making five September starts. Prior to that, he had a career 3.05 ERA in 516.2 innings in the minors.
Here's some of what John Sickels said about Milone in his 2012 Baseball Prospect Book:
At some point, you just have to put the radar guns away. Tom Milone is a pitcher. His fastball is just in the 80s, but he has pinpoint location and mixes it with a good changeup, adequate cutter and curve. His delivery is deceptive, which plays his stuff up, and hitters just can't seem to pick up the ball on him.
Sickels listed Milone as a B- prospect for 2012.
As of this writing I haven't seen today's Brewer lineup. If you have, please drop it in the comments.
Don't forget to make your Prognostikeggers picks, and enjoy the game!