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.

Mets invite Tim Tebow to spring training

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Tim Tebow isn’t letting go of his major league dreams just yet. The former NFL quarterback is slated to appear with the Mets during spring training this year, extending what initially looked like an ill-fated career choice for at least one more season. Per the club’s official announcement on Friday, he’ll join a group of spring training invitees that includes top-30 prospects like Peter Alonso, P.J. Conlon, Patrick Mazeika and David Thompson.

Tebow, 30, hasn’t taken to professional baseball as gracefully as expected. He batted a cumulative .226/.309/.347 with eight home runs and a .656 OPS in 486 plate appearances for Single-A Columbia and High-A St. Lucie in 2017. While that wasn’t enough to compel the Mets to give the aging outfielder a big league tryout, there’s no denying that Tebow brought substantial benefit to their minor league affiliates — in the form of increased attendance figures and ticket sales, that is.

Even after the Mets were booted from the NL East race last September, they resisted the idea of promoting Tebow for a late-season attendance boost of their own. That’s not to say they’re planning on taking the same approach in 2018; Tebow will undoubtedly get his cup of coffee in the majors at some point, but for now, a Grapefruit League tryout is likely as close as he’ll ever get to playing with the team’s big league roster on an everyday basis.