Diamondbacks vs. Brewers: Milwaukee's Pitching the Key vs. Arizona

Mike Moraitis@@michaelmoraitisAnalyst IOctober 6, 2011

MILWAUKEE, WI - OCTOBER 01:  Yovani Gallardo #49 of the Milwaukee Brewers throws a pitch during Game One of the National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Miller Park on October 1, 2011 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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It's panic time in Milwaukee, as the Brewers have allowed the Arizona Diamondbacks to crawl back into the NLDS from 0-2 to force a Game 5. However, don't worry Brewers fans, Game 5 in Milwaukee should be an easy win for the Brew Crew.

With Shaun Marcum and Randy Wolf's self-implosions in Games 3 and 4, the Brewers find themselves in a deciding Game 5 against the D-Backs. It's not a position they thought they'd be in after taking a 2-0 lead, but that being said, they're still in the driver's seat to win this series.

Yovani Gallardo, the Brewers' best pitcher at this point in the season, will be taking the mound in Game 5. After a red-hot finish to the 2011 season, Gallardo should continue where he's left off after his past four starts.

In Game 1, Gallardo was dominant, going eight innings and allowing one run on four hits and nine strikeouts. He's been unhittable as of late, a stark contrast to his Game 1 and 5 nemesis, Ian Kennedy.

Kennedy wasn't sharp in Game 1, allowing four runs on eight hits over 6.2 innings pitched for Arizona. Kennedy may have had success against the Brewers lineup as a whole in his past, but that didn't mean squat during Game 1.

The Brewers have the edge pitching wise with Gallardo on the mound over Kennedy.

I would expect the high-powered Brewers lineup to get to Kennedy and early. It won't be as necessary to score as many runs as the D-Backs will need, making the Brewers job easier with their best pitcher on the mound.

Gallardo won't need much in the way of run support, allowing no more than two runs in his last four starts. Gallardo alone will take a ton of pressure off the Brewers offense.

The Brewers will get their runs in this game, but even if they don't, Gallardo will no doubt keep them in the game.

Too many things will have to go right for the D-Backs to take Game 5, and with Yovani Gallardo on the mound, the Brewers should have no problem disposing of Arizona to move onto the NLCS.

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