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Gallardo has been given the ball for his third Opening Day start with the Brew Crew. He takes the mound for the 3:10 PM home opener against the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals. Everything about that sentence indicates that Yovani is going to get shelled.
If it is true that those who don't know history are destined to repeat it, the Brewers better hope that Yovani Gallardo remembers just how bad he has been historically against the St. Louis Cardinals. Gallardo has accumulated a paltry one career win against the Cards while posting seven losses, a 5.66 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP.
Even with the loss of Albert Pujols, going head-to-head with the reigning champs as they open their season doesn't sit well for Gallardo's chances.
If that wasn't indicative enough of an outing that may go terribly awry, then perhaps Gallardo's 2011 numbers will make things seem even more foreboding. April of 2011 was not kind to the pitcher as he posted a 6.23 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP.
As for that 3:10 PM start time? During 2011, Gallardo's day-game starts saw him post a 4.81 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP.
It looks like Gallardo was the wrong choice for Opening Day ace.