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Today's Matchup: Brewers (Gallardo) vs Cardinals (Dickson)

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The Brewers throw out Yovani Gallardo (3.37 ERA, 3.44 FIP) for Yet Another Game Against the Cardinals. This will be Gallardo's 10th start against them for his career. Once again, Lance Berkman and Albert Pujols love hitting against him. Berkman doesn't have a home run against Yo...yet.

On the offensive end of things, the Brewers once again go up against a rookie pitcher making his first major league start. Brandon Dickson (3.95 ERA, 1.278 WHIP, BB/9 1.8, K/9 7.1 at AAA Memphis) will be giving Chris Carpenter an extra day of rest today. 2011 was his second season at this level. He walked considerably less batters per 9 innings this season than he's done in any of his previous seasons. His strikeout level is about the same as it was in his 2010 season. His difference in ERA can be explained by one thing: his rate of home runs allowed doubled. I could look up to see if he's faced Schafer, Green or Maldonado before but it's not particularly worth it; if they hit like they did with Nashville, Green and Schafer get hits a little less than 1/3 of the time.

Brewers lineup:

Corey Hart RF
Nyjer Morgan CF
Ryan Braun LF
Prince Fielder 1B
Casey McGehee 3B
Yuniesky Betancourt SS
Jerry Hairston 2B
Jonathan Lucroy C
Yovani Gallardo P

Bullpen tracker:

Frankie de la Cruz pitched 2 innings (23 pitches) last night.
Chris Narveson pitched 1 inning (15 pitches) last night and is scheduled to start on Saturday.
Marco Estrada pitched 1 inning (24 pitches) last night and 1 inning (24 pitches) Tuesday.
Kameron Loe pitched 1 inning (14 pitches) Tuesday.
John Axford pitched 1 inning (17 pitches) Sunday.
Francisco Rodriguez pitched 0.1 inning (8 pitches) Sunday.
LaTroy Hawkins pitched 0.1 inning (19 pitches) Saturday.
Takashi Saito pitched 0.1 inning (4 pitches) Friday.