Milwaukee will have right-hander ace Yovani Gallardo on the mound while Kansas City will send out left-hander Bruce Chen. Gallardo is having a good spring with a 1-1 record, 2.77 ERA and ten strikeouts in 13.0 innings pitched. Gallardo’s .302 opponent batting average is a little bit of a concern but it is only spring training which means he will have another two weeks to tweak his pitches in order to fool hitters better. Other than that he seems ready to go once opening day starts April 6.
Chen, on the other hand, is struggling with his command this spring as he has posted a 0-1 record with a disappointing 15.00 ERA and six strikeouts in 12.0 innings pitched. His .435 opponent batting average is the highest on the team other than a few pitchers who have thrown a couple innings. Considering Chen is slotted to be one of the Royals’ starting pitchers he better figure out a way to get his pitches under control before the regular season starts otherwise Kansas City is going to be in big trouble.
The starting lineup consists of mostly every day starters with Mat Gamel playing first base, Rickie Weeks at second, Alex Gonzalez at shortstop and Aramis Ramirez lined up at third. Ryan Braun, Nyjer Morgan and Caleb Gindl will man the outfield while Jonathan Lucroy, who recently got a contract extension, will catch Gallardo behind home plate.
Outfielder Norichika Aoki was scratched from the lineup due to tightness in his right hamstring but the Brewers are convinced it is nothing to be to overly concern about. Carlos Gomez is still sidelined with a virus and Gonzalez is back in the lineup after missing a couple days with a sore heel.