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Today's Matchup: Milwaukee (Gallardo) vs Marlins (Eovaldi)

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The Brewers look to start out the second half with two straight victories as Yovani Gallardo takes on Nathan Eovaldi.

Mike McGinnis

With trade winds blowing across the MLB, Yovani Gallardo (4.83 ERA, 4.04 FIP) is running out of chances to impress opposing general managers. After a nice June, he has struggled thus far in July. His last outing was his best of the month as he allowed three earned runs on four hits and two walks over six innings against the Diamondbacks. He struck out three batters during that contest.

The good news is Gallardo's pitch velocity is up a bit in July. Fangraphs has his fastball at 90.7 MPH on the season. Since July 1, he has been at 91-91.5 according to Texas Leaguers. That's not a big change, and it's still down from two years ago, but it's something. Gallardo has looked markedly mediocre all season long, so anything to be optimistic about is nice.

Gallardo has faced two Marlins batters at least 10 times. Logan Morrison has hit .000/.154/.000 over 13 PA while Giancarlos Stanton has hit .333/.333/.417 in 12 PA.

For the Marlins, Nathan Eovaldi (2.93 ERA, 4.00 FIP) will take his turn in the rotation. Acquired by Miami in the Hanley Ramirez trade, Eovaldi has pitched fairly well this season with the Marlins thus far. He made 22 starts between LA and Miami in 2012 with hardly stellar results. His 4.30 ERA wasn't awful, especially not for a 22-year-old, but his 1.540 WHIP, 10.0 H/9, and 1.66 K:BB were not as friendly.

Of course, his K:BB in 2013 is even worse as he has a 5.28 K/9 and 3.82 BB/9. He has made just five starts in 2013 and, despite iffy strikeout/walk numbers, has pitched a quality start in each outing. That includes six shutout innings against the Padres on June 30 when he allowed just four hits, his best start of the year.

Eovaldi has actually been excellent at keeping his hit numbers down this season. He has just a 5.6 H/9 and has allowed more than four hits in an outing just once, when he gave up five to the Cardinals. That game was also his longest outing--6.2 innings.

Eovaldi is generally a fastball/slider pitcher. His four-seamer, which he has thrown 61.5% of the time this season, averages a big 96 MPH while his two-seamer (11.4%) sits at 95.7 MPH. His slider (15.2%) averages 87.5 MPH.

Eolvadi has not faced a Brewers hitter 10 times in the majors.

Lineups:

I have not yet seen the lineup for today's game. If you have, feel free to post it in the comments.

In the bullpen:

  • Francisco Rodriguez pitched one inning (11 pitches) last night.
  • Jim Henderson pitched one inning (12 pitches) last night.
  • John Axford pitched one inning (23 pitches) last night.
  • Brandon Kintzler, Burke Badenhop, Tyler Thornburg and Michael Gonzalez have not pitched since before the All-Star break.