Today's Matchup: Milwaukee (Peralta) vs. New York (Young)

Baseball bats are not rocket ships, Daniel Murphy.

Chris Young (4-7, 4.39) hasn't re-injured himself yet since coming back to the Mets on June 5. His seventeen starts are the most appearances he has made in a season since 2008, when he made 18 starts. He hasn't been overly successful this season with a 4.55 FIP and 5.52 xFIP to go along with the 4.39 ERA. The good news for him is that he hasn't had a prolonged stretch of bad starts. He has given up more than three runs in just four of his seventeen starts. Young has been very good his last two starts. Against the Marlins on Sept. 2, he allowed just one earned run in five innings while giving up five hits. He also gave up five hits to the Braves on Sept. 9, but allowed two earned runs in six innings.

All these injuries may be taking their toll on Young's strikeout numbers. When he was healthy and pitching full seasons, his K/9 was above 8.00. In 2012, he has a 6.26 K/9. The god news is his walks have gone down as well and he has just a 3.08 BB/9 this season.

Young is a two-pitch pitcher. He throws an 84 MPH four seamer and a 76 MPH slider. He has faced just one Brewers, Aramis Ramirez, at least 10 times. In 12 plate appearances, Ramirez has hit .300/.333/.500.

Wily Peralta's (1-0, 3.46) first stint in the major leagues has been a success so far. In three appearances (two starts) he has a 3.02 FIP and 3.70 xFIP to go along with the 3.46 ERA. He threw six innings in each of his first two starts, averaging a hit per inning. His first start, against the Marlins, he gave up three runs but walked four while only striking out three. Then, against the Braves, he allowed just one run and had four strikeouts to just one walk. The Brewers will need him to continue being successful if they want to stay in the hunt for a wildcard.

Peralta has, of course, not yet faced a Mets hitter at least ten times.

Lineups:

In the Bullpen:

Jim Henderson pitched one inning (15 pitches) yesterday.
Brandon Kintzler pitched one inning (22 pitches) yesterday.
John Axford pitched one inning (21 pitches) yesterday.
Francisco Rodriguez pitched one inning (18 pitches) yesterday.
Jose Veras pitched one inning (14 pitches) yesterday.
Manny Parra pitched 0.1 innings (21 pitches) Friday.
Livan Hernandez pitched 1.2 innings (18 pitches) Friday.
Josh Stinson pitched one inning (25 pitches) Friday.
Tyler Thornburg pitched one inning (18 pitches) Friday.
Kameron Loe
pitched one inning (23 pitches) Wednesday.

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