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Roenicke: No chance of Gallardo in Game 6

Posted on: October 15, 2011 6:28 pm
Shaun Marcum

By C. Trent Rosecrans

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers manager Ron Roenicke reiterated his confidence in Shaun Marcum, his starter in Game 6, during Saturday's workout day news conference -- but that doesn't mean he doesn't have a backup plan in case Marcum's start goes south quickly.

Roenicke, of course, wouldn't share his break-glass-in-case-of-emergency plan, but it did say it would not including throwing right-hander Yovani Gallardo on short rest.

"Yo is not an option," Roenicke said Saturday. "You know, really you guys talk about Yo and coming back on three days' rest. We have to win (Sunday) and the next day. You know, I don't know why I would bring back Yo to win (Sunday) when it would hurt us then for the next day and not being able to win. I don't know if there's a difference there. I think it makes sense to keep Yo on his basic rest. 

"You know, he wasn't that sharp the other day either. So to bring him back, if we had a chance if we were even up (Sunday), I would say yeah, Yo has a chance to be in our bullpen. But unfortunately we're not in that position."

As for Marcum, he said he never doubted that he'd be the choice if the series went six games.

"No, not at all. I know they had a lot of confidence in me and just talking with Ron and (pitching coach) Rick (Kranitz), and even guys in the clubhouse, you know, I think they felt that they're comfortable with me going out there, and you know, it's nice to have that kind of support."

Now it's his turn to show he can deliver and give Gallardo another chance to pitch this year.

"You know, I think I'm on the bandwagon with everybody in here, probably everybody in the country that wants to see Yo versus (Chris Carpenter) in Game 7," Marcum said. "So I'm going to try to get the ball to Yo." 

Roenicke also said he would stick by struggling second baseman Rickie Weeks, who has four errors this postseason and three in this series. Weeks is also hitting just .211/.250/.421 in the NLCS.

"I think you stick with him. You know, Rickie's a guy that our lineup depends on," Roenicke said. "We depend on him swinging the bat well. He protects Prince (Fielder). He's got the ability to if you get a couple of guys on base to drive the ball out of a ballpark. And we felt like coming into the playoffs that we needed Rickie, we needed his presence in there behind Prince. And I know his swings have gotten better. But I know there's still some things that he's not locked in there, both offensively and defensively."

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Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: October 16, 2011 6:08 pm

Roenicke: No chance of Gallardo in Game 6

Another bad start for Marcum and he will be run out of town.  Literally...he will be traded in the offseason if he causes 3 postseason losses, even if Roenicke is the one throwing him.

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: October 16, 2011 5:51 pm

Roenicke: No chance of Gallardo in Game 6

Listen to "Let's Go Brewers" ......we need a WIN!!!!!

This is what's wrong with America.  Greedy people who don't know the difference between want and need.  You want to win.  You will survive if your team doesn't win.  It would be a good lesson in life for you to learn.  Wink

Since: Aug 20, 2008
Posted on: October 16, 2011 5:33 pm

Roenicke: No chance of Gallardo in Game 6

Whatever happened to the teams Ace stepping up and demanding the ball short rest or not?  I was disappointed Halladay didnt ask for the ball game 4 knowing that Lee would be available game 5 and Oswalt sucked in 80% of his starts.   Guess I'm gettting old but I miss the heroics by guys like Hershiser who not only started 3 games in a seven game series, but also pitched in relief in one posting a 1 era and almost willing his team to an improbable World Championship.  Now mangers act like it's crazy to suggest starting someone on short rest, bunch of women playing the game now.

Since: Apr 26, 2010
Posted on: October 16, 2011 3:39 pm

Roenicke: No chance of Gallardo in Game 6

Maybe I don't understand the "logic" here, if that is what you call it. Roenicke says it would hurt him to pitch Yo on short rest, so he wouldn't have him for Game 7. And he says that if they were up in the series, then he would put Yo in the pen. Does that seem TOTALLY backwards to anyone else? Don't you put every single resource you can out there in hopes of even getting to a game 7? Why would you put him in the pen for game 6 if you don't need to win; at that point you save him for game 7 without question. It seems to me that having him in the pen for this game makes way more sense then having him in the pen for a game 6 if you are up. Roenicke doesn't seem to have a clue, but maybe there is something I am missing here.

Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: October 16, 2011 3:19 pm

Roenicke: No chance of Gallardo in Game 6

brew crew up three - two?  game 5 was won by who?

Since: Oct 13, 2011
Posted on: October 16, 2011 11:31 am

Roenicke: No chance of Gallardo in Game 6


Listen to "Let's Go Brewers" ......we need a WIN!!!!!!

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: October 16, 2011 11:03 am

Roenicke: No chance of Gallardo in Game 6

So, Marcum has been lousy in the postseason, and his regular season splits say he pitches better on the road and during the day.  Naturally, this is a home night game.  Things really couldn't be set up any better for a Cardinal win.  Will Marcum even get through 4 innings?

Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: October 16, 2011 10:46 am

Roenicke: No chance of Gallardo in Game 6

Well Captainjim spoken like a true Brewer Fan. Nothing like blind hope. You know the Cards are better. Not much better but we do have a slight edge in hitting and we have our best Two Pitchers going in last two games and you dont. That is a fact

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: October 16, 2011 10:09 am

Roenicke: No chance of Gallardo in Game 6

Brew Crew will WIN big tonight and will mop up the series!!!!Being at home with the roof closed is gonna pay off for them for the 1st time since they built it. Watch n learn as Cardinals get plucked up thier high Tree!!!!!!!!!Revenge for 82 series when we didn't have Rollie Fingers to bail us out!!!

Since: Aug 5, 2009
Posted on: October 16, 2011 9:25 am

Roenicke: No chance of Gallardo in Game 6

Hairston needs to be in the 5spot. Only guy making consistent solid contact. Hit weeks 6 or 7 and I guarantee he gets a solo shot...that'd be typical weeks. Bring Narv-dog to start by 3rd if marcum showing any kind of struggles or puss-arm-ishness.

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