PROGRAMMING NOTE: Due to the quick turnaround between last night's game and today's, the Mug is off today. It will (probably) return tomorrow. - KL
Now that they've beaten Zack Greinke, I feel like there's a chance this Brewer team can do ANYTHING.
Maybe "anything" can include a win with Wily Peralta (5.94/4.51 ERA/FIP) on the mound. Peralta got roughed up by the Cardinals on Friday, allowing seven runs (six earned) on eleven hits over five innings, walking one and tying a career high with six strikeouts.
Peralta hasn't been all that effective this season as a Brewer, but his strikeouts last time out were reason for encouragement. He had struck out three or fewer batters in each of his six previous starts, and his struggles to miss bats were magnified by the fact that opposing batters are hitting .318 on balls in play against him.
Peralta pitched a quality start against the Dodgers on April 27, allowing three runs on six hits over six innings with a walk and two strikeouts. No current Dodgers have faced him ten times or more.
He'll face 26-year-old Korean lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu (3.42/3.27 ERA/FIP) for the first time. Ryu pitched five innings against the Braves on Friday, allowing two runs on five hits and a career high five walks. Before that start, he had pitched six innings or more in each of his first eight major league appearances.
Ryu throws a 90 mph fastball, but the pitches to watch for are his changeup and slider. Both have been significantly above average in his first major league season. He's another lefty in a stretch where it seems like the Brewers face lefty starters every single day, but his numbers this season have been about even against both lefties and righties.
The Brewers have never faced Ryu during the regular season.
As of this writing today's lineup has not been posted. If you've seen it, please drop it in the comments.
And in the bullpen:
- Michael Gonzalez pitched one inning (18 pitches) last night, and also pitched on Monday.
- John Axford pitched one inning (15 pitches) last night, and also pitched on Monday.
- Mike Fiers pitched 1.2 innings (28 pitches) last night.
- Jim Henderson pitched one inning (21 pitches) last night.
- Brandon Kintzler pitched one inning (17 pitches) last night.
- Burke Badenhop pitched one inning (eight pitches) on Monday.
- Francisco Rodriguez last pitched on Sunday.
- Alfredo Figaro might still be in bed.