Brewers scratch Yovani Gallardo from Wednesday start

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Unlike the rest of the teams already in the postseason, the Brewers don’t know exactly who their No. 1 starter is.  It looks like they may have made the decision today, as they went from listing Yovani Gallardo as Wednesday’s starter to a TBA for the day.

The Brewers have Shaun Marcum starting tonight, so he’s right in line to start Saturday’s Game 1.  However, now it looks like he could go Sunday on five days’ rest, allowing Gallardo to slot in first.  The complicating factor there is that Zack Greinke hasn’t pitched since Saturday, so he’d be going on nine days’ rest if the Brewers held him back for next Tuesday’s Game 3.  Gallardo likely would have been the Game 3 starter had he pitched Wednesday.

So, the Brewers may have a couple of more manuevers left in store.  For one, they’ll probably want to get Greinke a couple of innings in Wednesday’s regular-season finale to prevent the long layoff.  They could also use Gallardo for a couple of innings then, though that would put Marcum back in line for Game 1.

Really, it all comes down to who they want to start Game 5.  There isn’t a whole lot separating the pitchers at the moment.  Here are their second-half numbers:

Gallardo: 7-5, 3.20 ERA, 103/15 K/BB in 90 IP
Marcum: 6-4, 3.20 ERA, 55/21 K/BB in 84 1/3 IP
Greinke: 8-3, 2.56 ERA, 98/28 K/BB in 91 1/3 IP

The one thing we can be sure of is that Randy Wolf will start Game 4.  He’s 7-4 with a 3.57 ERA sinec the All-Star break.

Report: Braves to promote Ronald Acuña

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MLB.com’s Mark Bowman confirms a report from Daniel Álvarez Montes of EVTV Miami that the Braves are calling up outfield prospect Ronald Acuña from Triple-A Gwinnett.

The move is obviously much anticipated and expected, as Acuña is considered the top prospect in baseball among those who hadn’t been called up to the majors yet. Acuña has had a slow start with Gwinnett, as he’s batting only .215/.301/.277 in 73 plate appearances. However, he has turned things around somewhat in recent days, batting .379 with a double and a homer since April 17.

Acuña should be in Wednesday’s starting lineup against the Reds and he should be a lineup regular going forward. The expectations are high for Acuña, who signed with the Braves as an international free agent in July 2014.