It may be the most important decision Ron Roenicke will make all postseason, and while he wasn't official in his declaration, it appears Yovani Gallardo will be the Game 1 starter for the Brewers, with Zack Greinke going in Game 2.
The Brewers are still battling the Diamondbacks for the No. 2 seed in the NL and home-field advantage for the Division Series. "Right now, I don't think 'Yo' is going to pitch [Wednesday]," Roenicke said Monday night. "We're still talking about it; we're still looking at it. Right now, I would say no, he's not going to. That answers the question: What's more important, the home field or setting up the playoffs? That's why we decided to do that with him."
Milwaukee is one game up on Arizona, but if the teams finish with the same record, the D-backs would get the No. 2 seed based on winning the season series, 4 games to 3.
Why Gallardo? Over his last three starts, he has 36 strikeouts and just three walks in 20.1 innings. As good as Greinke has been since the All-Star break -- 2.56 ERA -- it probably makes sense to take some of the pressure off him as well. And Roenicke isn't punting the home field. Greinke could end up starting the season finale and pitch a couple innings so he won't have a long layoff before his start in Game 2 on Sunday.