Brewers manager Ron Roenicke recently spoke with his veteran pitchers about dialing it back in the final week of the season, but Kyle Lohse threw a shutout Wednesday, and Yovani Gallardo plans to approach Friday's start against the Mets just like any of his 30 past outings this year.
"I'm just going to go out there to throw 100 pitches, get us as deep into the game as I can," Gallardo said.
The right-hander has no intention of cutting his start short.
"I don't, not at all," Gallardo said. "It's your last start, and you want to go out there, perform well and finish on a good note. What [Lohse] did yesterday, that's the goal for us starters each time out."
Gallardo brings an 11-10 record and a 4.23 ERA into Game 2 of the Brewers' final series, a four-game set at Citi Field. In a wildly up-and-down year, Gallardo is finishing on a high note with a 3-1 record, 2.33 ERA and a .207 opponents' batting average in seven starts since returning from the disabled list Aug. 17 after recovering from a strained left hamstring.
On Friday, Gallardo will face Mets right-hander Carlos Torres, who is coming off a quality start against the Phillies, limiting them to two runs on seven hits with six strikeouts and three walks in six innings. Still, Torres has been much better out of the bullpen this season, working to a 1.47 ERA as a reliever against a 4.95 ERA as a starter.
With each team out of postseason contention, the Brewers and the Mets have used September as a chance to evaluate the young talent on their rosters. Mets manager Terry Collins said that trend would continue in his team's final series.
"One of the things we've got to decide here is where some of these guys are going to fit -- be it Andrew Brown, be it Mike Baxter," Collins said. "We're sitting here looking at where these guys are going to fit next year. Can they be bench players for us? Can they come off the bench and do what we expect? We're just trying to get some guys in there and get some at-bats and see what they look like toward the end of the year."
David Wright, who exited Thursday's series opener after getting hit in the head with a pitch, also spoke on the subject prior to the Brewers' 4-2 win in the series opener.
"This year, I think there's some good things you can take away from it, and there's quite a few glaring weaknesses that you can take away from it," Wright said. "But I think it gave the organization an opportunity to evaluate. I think when there is that evaluation period, a lot of these guys got an extended amount of playing time, playing time they probably wouldn't have had if it wasn't for injuries and trades and things like that. Hopefully the front office got everything they needed to see with who they want to move forward with and who, those tough decisions, to either trade or not sign or whatever those tough decisions that need to be made."
Brewers: Gomez takes suspension, sits out opener
Carlos Gomez was issued a one-game suspension from Major League Baseball on Thursday and sat out the opener against the Mets because of his participation in a benches-clearing incident against the Braves on Wednesday.
Atlanta's Reed Johnson was also suspended a game after he ran onto the field and threw a punch at Gomez.
The fracas ensued after Gomez admired a home run and exchanged words with catcher Brian McCann, first baseman Freddie Freeman and pitcher Paul Maholm -- who hit Gomez with a pitch in the left knee June 23 at Miller Park, which Gomez thought was intentional. McCann met Gomez before he reached home plate, and both benches cleared.
Gomez, Freeman and Braves backup catcher Gerald Laird were all ejected from the game.
Gomez, who was replaced in center field Thursday by Norichika Aoki, said he chose not to appeal the suspension because he did not want to risk it getting pushed back until the 2014 season opener.
• Aramis Ramirez was out of Thursday's starting lineup after reinjuring his left knee in Wednesday's incident with the Braves. Ramirez said he was not sure how he tweaked his knee in the scrum, but he said it did not stem from the elbow he took from Freeman.
Mets: Wright exits after taking pitch to head
Wright left Thursday's series opener in the third inning after taking a Johnny Hellweg pitch off his helmet, just above his left earhole.
Wright, who recently returned from a seven-week stint on the disabled list because of a strained right hamstring, went down immediately and was met at home plate by Collins and trainer Ray Ramirez. After a few moments, Wright walked off the field to the Mets' dugout.
The Mets third baseman sustained a concussion after similarly getting hit in the head by a Matt Cain pitch four years ago.
Hellweg hit Lucas Duda with his next pitch, upping his season total to eight hit batters in just 30 2/3 innings.
• Eric Young tied Brewers shortstop Jean Segura for the National League lead in stolen bases with two in Thursday's opener.
Prior to the series opener, Collins said the game plan on the basepaths was not going to change for Young, despite his closing in on the NL's top spot.
"We're playing to win, still," Collins said. "He's got the green light. It's not even a scouting report. This guy gets on, he has the option to run. He's the one that knows what kind of jump he's got; he's a good base stealer.
"Now, is he going to run if we're way ahead and it's going to cause somebody to get hurt? No. He's not going to. We've never done that here; we're not going to start now. I think if he gets on, we're down a couple runs or three or four runs, he's got to know he's going to be safe, because we don't want him running into any outs, either."
Segura remains out of the Brewers' lineup because of a strained right hamstring he sustained last week against the Cubs. Gomez is tied for fourth in the NL with 37 stolen bases.
• Juan Lagares was not available Thursday after witnessing the birth of his child earlier in the day. The Mets said it was not likely Lagares would be placed on paternity leave.
• Gallardo is 3-3 with a 3.72 ERA in eight career starts against the Mets, including one complete game. Torres gave up two earned runs in 2 1/3 innings in his lone relief appearance against the Brewers.
• The Brewers are 19-11 against the NL East, while the Mets are 11-19 against the NL Central.
Kevin Massoth is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.