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 claim Sam Coonrod off waivers from Phillies

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NEW YORK — The active New York Mets added another newcomer to their bullpen mix when they claimed reliever Sam Coonrod off waivers from the NL East rival Philadelphia Phillies.

Coonrod had a 7.82 ERA in 12 appearances covering 12 2/3 innings last year for the National League champions. The right-hander is 7-5 with a 5.27 ERA and five saves in 105 games over four major league seasons with San Francisco and Philadelphia. He has struck out 95 and walked 44 in 97 1/3 innings.

The 30-year-old Coonrod was designated for assignment by the Phillies last week when they signed free agent infielder Josh Harrison.

To make room on the 40-man roster, outfielder Khalil Lee was designated for assignment by the Mets.