The Milwaukee Brewers expected to get strong performances from
Yovani Gallardo this season. R.A. Dickey’s contributions to the New
York Mets have been a big surprise.
The starters will take the mound for the final time this season
when the Brewers and Mets play a doubleheader at Citi Field on
Gallardo (14-7, 3.57 ERA) continued to establish himself as
Milwaukee’s young ace this season, posting career bests in wins and
The 24-year-old right-hander, an All-Star for the first time in
2010, is 7-2 with a 2.98 ERA in 14 road starts.
He’s been superb recently, compiling a 1.74 ERA while winning
his last three starts.
Gallardo’s strong season will come to a close in the first game
of Wednesday’s doubleheader. He was originally scheduled to get an
additional start, but a rainout Monday forced this doubleheader and
reduced his availability.
“No big deal,” Gallardo told the Brewers’ official website. “It
would be a little bit different if we were trying to make to make
the playoffs, and you could talk about going out there on short
Another strong effort from Gallardo could help the Brewers
(73-83) rebound from a 4-3 loss Tuesday in the opener of this
He’s 1-1 with a 0.41 ERA in three career starts against the Mets
(77-79), including an eight-hitter in a 2-0 home win May 28.
Gallardo will be opposed by Dickey (11-8, 2.92), perhaps New
York’s most reliable starter and certainly its most pleasant
surprise of the year.
The right-handed knuckleballer totaled 12 wins over his previous
five seasons with Texas, Seattle and Minnesota, but his ERA this
season is the lowest of any qualifying member of the Mets’
He’s benefited from spacious Citi Field, going 7-2 with a 2.09
ERA in 10 games there while giving up three homers compared to 10
in 15 road starts. He surrendered two homers at Milwaukee on May
30, while allowing four runs and nine hits in seven innings of a
Dickey could have used that sort of run support Friday, when he
allowed two earned runs in six innings of a 3-2 loss at
Jonathon Niese (9-10, 3.95) will take the mound for the Mets in
the nightcap. He’s 1-5 with a 6.55 ERA in his last six starts,
including losses in his last three.
The left-hander struggled mightily last Wednesday, allowing six
runs and walking a career-high six in 5 2-3 innings of a 7-5 loss
at Florida. His only previous start against the Brewers came in his
major league debut Sept. 2, 2008. He lasted three innings while
giving up five runs in the Mets’ 6-5, 10-inning win.
Milwaukee will counter with Dave Bush (7-13, 4.70), who is 0-2
with a 4.64 ERA in his last four outings. He yielded four runs –
two earned – over 5 1-3 innings of a 4-3 home loss to Cincinnati on
The right-hander is 1-1 with a 6.35 ERA in three career starts
against the Mets.
The Mets may not have Carlos Beltran available after he left
Tuesday’s game with pain in his right knee, the same one that was
operated on in January, forcing him to miss the first half of the
The center fielder will have tests Wednesday.
“Honestly, in my heart, I don’t feel like I have to worry,”
Beltran said. “I feel something. I don’t know what it is. But you
know, after being back and being able to play all these games, I
didn’t feel anything until (Tuesday). So let’s see what