Paulino comes in for his second of what looks to be three starts before Brian Moehler comes off the DL. What happened last start? Total domination until the bullpen came in the game and killed it. Versus the Reds last Sunday?
6IP, 3H, 0ER, 6K:2BB, 1HBP, 1WP, 7GB/7FB, 20ABs:1XBH
First-pitch strikes: 12 (.250/.250/.333)
First-pitch balls: 10 (.000/.200/.000)
Gallardo was one of those Keys to 2008 for the Brewers, pitch in three games in April/May, and was out until September 25. Amazingly enough, with the exception of the September game, Gallardo threw all quality starts, and was on his way to a 4th when he was lifted due to a strict pitch count, in which he only threw 67 pitches. So we have two unknown quantities going at each other.
And based on this season's appearances, we still don't know what to expect. Here are his three starts to date:
So who knows? Of 306 total pitches, he's thrown 189 strikes, 62 of them swinging.
First-pitch strikes: 30 (.107/.167/.250)
First-pitch balls: 39 (.167/.667/.167)