After weeks of waiting for Ron Roenicke to make his decision official, on Wednesday the announcement was made official. Yovani Gallardo will start on Friday April 6 against the St. Louis Cardinals. This will be the third opening day assignment in consecutive seasons. Yo is joining elite Brewers history. Teddy Higuera and Jim Slaton have each worked opening day three times, but none of them did it in consecutive years. Only Ben Sheets has done better. Sheets worked opening day a club record six times, including four straight from 2002- 2005. And it has become a club rite to start on opening day especially for Yovani Gallardo.
So why the choice of Gallardo not Greinke? Both of started opening day before. Well Ron Roenicke says it is easy good to go with what happen the season before.
"Yo opened up for us last year, had a great year, and we would like him to open up again this year"
So i guess we have the answer. But honestly it would be hard to go with a different man after the results Gallardo has turned in on the first day of the season. He has never won on opening day but he has pitched exceptionally in both of his previous starts. He has turned in a ERA of 3.46 in 13 innings. So statistically it is a great choice. Greinke poses an interesting second option. He has had the better spring. But he doesn't care.
Greinke was quoted as saying " I felt he was our guy last year, and he has been here the longest. He continued by saying " As of now he will still be here the longest. I think it makes sense. I didn't earn anything last season to be able to take over. I don't think"
He has a point. Naturally you want to start on opening day but it is better to be a good team player. Greinke is certainly a good team player. Whatever benefits the team is what is important to him.
Gallardo is under contract until 2014. Greinke is a free agent after this season. But Greinke remains in talks for an extension.
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