The first road game of the year for the Reds is a dandy of a pitching match-up on paper. Edinson Volquez will be looking to right what went wrong in his first start of the season last Wednesday. He'll be taking on the Brewers best pitcher in Yovani Gallardo, who missed most of last season with a knee injury.
Volquez had a hard time hitting the strike zone last week and that was compounded by the fact that he couldn't even get the Mets to swing and miss much. It'd be nice to see him pitch around the strike zone more, especially against this Brewers team that can be patient, but also tends to swing and miss a bunch. Hopefully Volquez will start to learn something from the mastery that saw out of Harang yesterday. It's much easier to get outs and pitch deep into games if you can control your pitches around the strike zone.
Gallardo was much more efficient against the Giants last week in his first start of the season. He lasted 6.2 innings, throwing 103 pitches, 67 for strikes. This will be his third career start against the Reds. He is 1-0 with a 1.32 ERA for his career, going at 6.2 innings in each game. The one positive for the Reds is that he only managed 6 strike outs in those two games against 6 walks. Hopefully the Reds will manage a similar ratio, because with the way they are hitting the ball right now, they better be trying to get on base any way they can.
I'm looking forward to a fun game tonight. Thankfully it's under a roof!