Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Who Will Be Milwaukee's Opening Day Starter?
Valid reasons exist for Roenicke to pick either man for the honor. Gallardo stands as the sole homegrown pitcher in the Brewers rotation and he's performed admirably these past two seasons after the moniker of staff ace fell upon him with the departures of Ben Sheets and C.C. Sabathia. He dealt with the pressure that comes with that title and put together consecutive 200 strikeout seasons. There's certainly something to be said about sticking with Gallardo, considering one way to view picking Greinke is a Gallardo demotion.
Greinke, on the other hand, now widely recognized as the ace of the staff even after a slightly off year in 2010, seems to have become the face of the club overnight thanks to Brewers marketing campaigns. Greinke should fare better against opposing ace pitchers and it's hard to argue that the team's Cy Young Award winner should not start on opening day. If Greinke pitches on normal rest for the remainder of Spring Training he'll line up perfectly to start in Cincinnati on opening day, so he'll likely be Roenicke's choice. Still, only Roenicke knows for sure who he'll pick, and as Greinke said yesterday, "It's not like anyone's going to cry if they don't get it."