Today's Matchup: Milwaukee (Gallardo) vs. Colorado (Guthrie)

April 16, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies pitcher Jeremy Guthrie (15) reacts during the sixth inning against the San Diego Padres at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-US PRESSWIRE

Yovani Gallardo (1-1, 4.58) takes the mound for the Brewers today, hoping to help give his team a series victory. This is already Gallardo's fourth start of the season and he has pitched extremely well since his first start when he allowed six runs to the Cardinals in less than four innings. He has gone seven innings in each of his last two starts while giving up just three total runs and, perhaps most importantly for Gallardo, walking just three total hitters.

Gallardo has faced six Rockies hitters at least ten times.

Player PA Line
Todd Helton 20 .375/.500/.500
Troy Tulowitzki 16 .400/.438/.667
Tyler Colvin 15 ..200/.200/.267
Michael Cuddyer 13 .300/.462/.400
Ramon Hernandez 13 .273/.385/.364
Carlos Gonzalez 11 .455/.455/.636

For the Rockies, Jeremy Guthrie (1-1, 7.79) takes the mound. This is Guthrie's first season with the Rockies after a trade with the Orioles. The 33-year-old had been with Baltimore the previous five seasons. Guthrie has been a workhouse, making at least 30 starts the past four seasons and going at least 200 innings the past three years. Guthrie's FIP has stayed right around the 4.50 mark his whole career, though his ERA has fluctuated. He has had a couple seasons where his ERA was in the mid to high 3.00s and he has had seasons where it was in the mid 4.00s and 5.00s. He's never struck out many hitters, nor does he walk many. Guthrie has had some issues giving up the home run, however.

Guthrie throws six pitches: A 92 MPH four seamer (29%), a 93 MPH sinker (22%), an 83 MPH slider (17%), a 93 MPH cutter (12%), an 84 MPH change up (11%), and a 74 MPH curve ball (10%).

As you might guess, Guthrie has not faced a Brewers hitter at least ten times. However, in nine plate appearances, Alex Gonzalez has a 1.222 OPS against him.

Lineup:

Weeks 2B
Morgan CF
Braun LF
Ramirez 3B
Hart RF
Gamel 1B
Gonzalez SS
Lucroy C
Gallardo P

Bullpen:

Manny Parra pitched 0.2 innings (17 pitches) yesterday.
Tim Dillard pitched 2 innings (33 pitches) yesterday.
Mike McClendon pitched 0.1 innings (16 pitches) yesterday.
Jose Veras pitched 1 inning (24 pitches) Friday and 1 inning (9 pitches) yesterday.
Francisco Rodriguez
pitched 1 inning (9 pitches) Friday.
John Axford
pitched 1 inning (15 pitches) yesterday.
Wily Peralta last pitched on April 15 for Nashville.

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