Brewer Daily News for April 1st: Gallardo’s fourth Opening Day, Roenicke confident
Good morning everyone and welcome to Opening Day! On this Monday morning edition of Brewer Daily News, we’ll be taking a look at Yovani Gallardo who is making his fourth Opening Day start. In the second bit of news, manager Ron Roenicke feels confident enough with his current 25-man roster.
Yovani Gallardo established himself early in his career as a power pitcher. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Gallardo, 27, will be making his fourth Opening Day start later today against the Colorado Rockies. Last season, Gallardo started off against the St. Louis Cardinals and got shellacked, giving up six runs in 3 2/3 innings pitched. This season, it isn’t any easier for Gallardo who faces a potent line-up chalked full of hitters like Troy Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez, Michael Cuddyer and Todd Helton.
Against Colorado, Gallardo has been highly unsuccessful, going 0-4 with a 5.82 ERA against the team. Colorado hitters have had field days with Gallardo, hitting a career .291/.348/.469 slash line against him, but as we say every year, prior stats mean nothing come the start of a new season. Hopefully Gallardo will have what it takes to overcome one of the better offenses in the game.
Secondly, according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Roenicke has stated that in order to have success in 2013, that the team will need 25 good players.
"“If you don’t have good players, you’re not going to be a good manager,” Roenicke said. “You’re not going to win without good players. We’ve got really good players here. The last two years, (general manager) Doug (Melvin) put together really nice teams.” – via Milwaukee Journal Sentinel"
Roenicke will be heading into his third season as the manager of the Brewers. During his tenure so far, Roenicke’s record with the team is 179-145 and he’ll be looking to expand upon those wins in 2013.
Check out the site later for the Rockies-Brewers’ preview article for their opening series.