Saturday Scorecard: Giving Gallardo the stop sign
Welcome to Saturday Scorecard, where the burning question today is how many homecoming invitations will Wofford receive after visiting Madison?
On to the notes...
No go, Yo: From this corner, the Brewers' decision to shut down right-hander Yovani Gallardo was solid, with one caveat.
Why let him start on Sunday?
In 29 starts, Gallardo has thrown more than 3,000 pitches -- sixth-most in the National League -- over more 180 2/3 innings. Given Gallardo's age (23) and the fact that he missed most of last season after undergoing two knee surgeries, the Brewers are concerned that he could be entering the danger zone.
So, why let him start at all? Why risk an injury to let him throw one more meaningless game?
Gallardo needs three strikeouts to reach 200 -- a solid number reached by just three others in franchise history. But, that doesn't seem like a valid reason.
"I'm not an individual-stat guy," manager Ken Macha said. "He's also leading the league in walks...."
The root of this decision is to give Gallardo a chance to end the season on a positive note, rather than his shaky outing in Chicago, where he gave up seven runs, seven hits and five walks in 5 1/3 innings.
Gallardo, who didn't really want to skip his final turns, accepted the decision. He'll be on a pitch count Sunday -- likely about 75 -- and then start focusing on next season.
"I'm a little disappointed," he said. "But I have to look at it from both sides. You have to look at what's best for the organization and for me. I have to see the big picture.
"I just want to end the year on a good note."
Macha said Gallardo needs to improve his control -- and keep pitch counts manageable -- in order to live up to his potential.
"When you're leading the league in walks, you have to get your command down and be consistent with your pitches," Macha said. "He's got the stuff, no question about it. Command of the ball is his biggest thing. It's why we're shutting him down; 100 pitches in five innings every time out there."
Members of the Brewers brain trust will hold their breath Sunday until Gallardo is finished. Likely the only way their decision can be second-guessed is if the right-hander suffers an injury or other calamity in the game.
Family matters: Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder, on the brink of setting franchise records for RBI and walks, was the topic of conversation in Detroit last week. Fielder's father, Cecil, visited the "Shep and Sharp: show on WDFN (1130 AM) and made pointed comments about his relationship with his son. Here is a sampling:
On their relationship: "It ain't estranged. It is what it is. I don't blame myself for anything. I gave my kid everything possible to get him where he is today, so I blame myself for nothing.... what that kid got the opportunity to do as a youngster, any kid would have gave his right arm to be able to be out on the baseball field on a daily basis, traveling with his father watching his father do what he do and now he's doing it in the big leagues and he would appreciate that."
On the divorce: "I think a lot of what my son's problem is he's just an angry individual that his mother and I are not together any more. You've got to get over that. Some of the things he's doing, the running up.. that ain't my son. that ain't him. The "Matrix" at home... that ain't Prince. Prince is a humble kid, man. He's always been. If you guys had been around my son when he was running around the ballpark when he was young, he was a humble kid. He never said nothing."
On Cecil's reported gambling problem: "I'm going to tell you right now that's B.S. Hell no. That's B.S. That was my ex-wife, (who) wanted to stir up a big story that's what she did. Period."
On Cecil's current life: "I'm married. My ex-wife got remarried. We're moving on. The only individual that has to move on is my son. At the point that he does, I think his anger and all that stuff will go away. He's just doing some stuff on the field that just makes no sense. It's ridiculous.
On Prince's current life: "He's not talking to his mother. He's not talking to his sister. The kid is in outer space right now. The kid had everything. He did not want for not one thing in this world. That kid right there has never had a regular job in his life. He wasn't like me and his mother, where his mother worked at McDonald's and I was pitchin' watermelons when we were in school. That kid lived the life of Riley.
On the future of the relationship: "I'd rather not talk to him in this state. You don't want to have to have confrontations with somebody. You want to have peaceful times and enjoy the times. At this point in his life, he ain't ready for it, so you've got to let him do what he wants to do. My mother told me this a long time ago. She said, 'Son, you have nothing to be ashamed of. You've done everything you can do for your son. but you've got to let him go and let him grow up and become a man.' Once that happens, I think we'll be OK."
Larry King Lounge: Things have been tough at Marquette, where freshman Junior Cadougan suffered a season-ending Achilles' tendon injury during conditioning drills just days after news that recruit Monterale Clark, a Milwaukee native, was arrested for sexual assault in Texas. ... Need a sign that summer is over? The Admirals are ready to start training camp. ... Speaking of the Admirals, our spies tell us they are planning some pretty cool post-game concerts this year. Stay tuned for details. ... Look for the Packers to handle the Bengals easily on Sunday at Lambeau Field. ... OnMilwaukee.com and Mindpool Productions joined forces for a video feature on the UWM men's basketball team's conditioning tradition of running "The Hill" near Bradford Beach. Look for the feature soon. ... Casey McGehee had another game-winning hit Friday night, but it still seems that he'll fall short of winning rookie of the year honors in the National League. ... Brewers insiders are hoping that the Cardinals don't clinch the division at Miller Park. A number of teams have sprayed champagne in the visitor's clubhouse before. ... Congratulations to Waukesha West, which defeated top-ranked Arrowhead Friday night. ... The Packers and Banshee Music have released a CD of songs played inside Lambeau Field. It'll be available next week. The opening track is "G-Force," the team's opening kickoff song.
"Look for the Packers to handle the Bengals easily on Sunday at Lambeau Field." oops.
WestSideWille | Sept. 20, 2009 at 9:05 p.m. (report)
Brewers tragic number is now 1. A Brewer loss or Cardinals win eliminates the crew. Wild card is 3. As such, I can go onto the Brewers StubHub and buy a ticket for the Cubs game for 50c. That is right, Fifty cents for a terrace, for me to walk around and get my baseball fix before Winter. The Phillies game cost me a Buck on Stub Hub. Team has to average 34,000 over the final seven games for 3,000,000 but according to Rick S, it is in the bank. As for Yo-great job with 200 strike outs, outstanding. 30,000 today on an all fan giveaway bobble vs a Milwaukee packers game....Interesting. Wonder what they will do with the additional 15,000 Doug bobbles?
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