ST. LOUIS -- Brewers manager Ron Roenicke left the door open ever so slightly Friday to bringing back Yovani Gallardo on short rest to pitch Game 6 of the National League Championship Series, but made it abundantly clear that Plan A was to pitch Shaun Marcum.
"If 'Yo' came to me and said, 'You know something, I feel great, I'd love to come back on three days' [rest],' it makes you think a little bit," Roenicke said. "But until that happens, I don't want to go to a player and ask him to do something that he hasn't done all year, hasn't done in his career. I just wouldn't feel right doing that."
Roenicke made similar comments after Zack Greinke's start in Milwaukee's regular-season finale, saying at first that Greinke was "ruled out" for working Game 2 of the NL Division Series on three days' rest. Later, the manager said if Greinke came to him with a case, the coaches would listen.
In the end, Greinke did make that case and he did start that game, a Brewers win that gave them a 2-0 NLDS lead.
With that backdrop, Roenicke was grilled again Friday about his pitching plans. The Brewers' win in Game 4 of the NLCS on Thursday night ensured the series would extend to a Game 6 on Sunday, with either the Brewers or Cardinals on the brink of elimination.
"Right now we are set on Game 6. I don't know what would come up to change my mind on that, but we talked about it quite a bit and we feel great with Marcum going," Roenicke said Friday afternoon, with the series still tied at two games apiece. "We expect a real good game from Shaun."
Marcum, the Brewers' best pitcher for much of the regular season, has allowed 12 earned runs on 14 hits in 8 2/3 innings of his two postseason starts, both Brewers losses. He surrendered five runs on seven hits in four innings against the Cardinals in Game 2 of the NLCS, a 12-3 loss.
Asked about Gallardo, who threw 95 pitches in his Game 3 loss on Wednesday, Roenicke said, "That's not an option. Some guys, I think there's times when you think you feel good about it. Zack, for instance, at the end of our season and in that first game in the postseason, there was a reason for it. It was set up for that as far as pitch counts.
"Yo, he's been getting after it pretty good. I think the last game he threw in Game 5 against Arizona [on Oct. 7], he got after it good. And I think some of that may be why he was a little bit off the other day pitching [against the Cardinals]."