Provus says Brewers 'have short memories' entering tonight's NLCS Game 3
Yovani Gallardo. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Brewers have been solid in this 2011 division championship year, particularly in the category of not letting a bad day bother them.
Newsradio 620 WTMJ Brewers voice Cory Provus travels with those Brewers, and he observed after their 12-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in the second game of the National League Championship Series, that loss did not affect their demeanor in preparation for Wednesday's game three.
"Same team," Provus told Greg Matzek and Gene Mueller on Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News."
"That's something I applaud and admire with this team. They have short memories. It was a disappointing game the other night in game two. It was a quiet plane ride over. I think guys were just tired, with late night travel, got into St. Louis just before 2:00 a.m. The guys were themselves yesterday. They were fired up, having fun, smiling. They were excited to be in this spot.
One thing giving them confidence is the fact that the Milwaukee Brewers own a 16-11 mark over the last three years at the home of the St. Louis Cardinals.
"The Brewers have played well at Busch Stadium," said Provus. "That's something that I know they rely on, that they have played well at this ballpark, and hopefully that trend continues tonight."
However, one concern is the record of Yovani Gallardo against the Cardinals. He is 1-7 against the Cardinals in his career, with a 1-3 mark at Busch Stadium.
"He's got such good stuff, that it's surprising this is the one team he's struggled against," explained Provus.
"He had a good start early this year, in early May after Jaime Garcia nearly had a perfect game against the Brewers, Gallardo pitched the next night and pitched a really strong game."
Milwaukee hopes that the trend that continues today is not his failures against St. Louis, but his recent successes. He is 8-3, including playoffs, since July 24th.
"He's the one guy who's really rolling right now. 'Yo' has been solid. He has been solid so far in the postseason, going as far back to his last three starts in the regular season, and that's what the Brewers are counting on tonight as they face a tough guy in Chris Carpenter."
Manager Ron Roenicke has decided to also go with a hot hand in center field, replacing Nyjer Morgan who is only 6-32 at bat since September 23rd.
Carlos Gomez is taking over the center field role Wednesday.
"I think Ron, all year long, has had kind of the theory that if you produce, you'll play," said Provus.
"Right now, Nyjer (Morgan) has just not been producing all that much at the plate. He came up with a couple of big hits during the division series, and none bigger than the one back on Friday, but I think he's only got three or four hits this entire postseason. Gomez, his last four or five starts, he has looked really good at the plate. I think Gomez offensively, but defensively, it's a big outfield here, spacious alleys, that having Gomez out there is not necessarily all that surprising."