After a 4-5 road trip, the Brewers are 13-22 away from home this season. Thankfully, tonight they return home to Miller Park...where they're 16-20.
Tonight they'll send Wily Peralta (6.08 ERA, 4.63 FIP) to the mound for another chance to prove he belongs as a current member of this Brewer rotation. He pitched 5.1 innings against the Reds on Sunday and allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits, walking two and striking out two. He leads the National League with 54 earned runs allowed this season.
A significantly reduced strikeout rate might be the biggest red flag in Peralta's first full major league season. He's averaging just 5.1 K's per nine innings through 15 starts this season, and has recorded three strikeouts or less in eleven of his last 13 appearances. Since May 1 the Brewers are 2-8 when he's on the mound.
Peralta made a start against the Braves on September 10 of last season, holding them to a single run on seven hits over six innings. No current Braves have faced him ten times or more.
He'll face another young pitcher in 22-year-old Braves righty Julio Teheran (3.36 ERA, 3.82 FIP), who is having a pretty good first full professional season. He pitched six shutout innings against the Giants on Sunday, allowing seven hits and a walk but recording eight strikeouts. Despite a rough start two outings ago he has a 2.42 ERA over his last ten appearances.
Baseball America ranked Teheran as one of the top ten prospects in all of baseball before the 2011 and 2012 seasons, but downgraded him to #44 for 2013. He'll throw a low 90's fastball but over 20% of his pitches are sliders, with an occasional curve and changeup mixed in.
This is the first time the Brewers have faced Teheran during the regular season.
Tonight's lineups are as follows:
|1||Andrelton Simmons||SS||Norichika Aoki||RF|
|2||Jason Heyward||RF||Jean Segura||SS|
|3||Freddie Freeman||1B||Carlos Gomez||CF|
|4||Justin Upton||LF||Aramis Ramirez||3B|
|5||Brian McCann||C||Juan Francisco||1B|
|6||B.J. Upton||CF||Logan Schafer||LF|
|7||Dan Uggla||2B||Martin Maldonado||C|
|8||Chris Johnson||3B||Scooter Gennett||2B|
|9||Julio Teheran||P||Wily Peralta||P|
And in the bullpen:
- Jim Henderson pitched one inning (17 pitches) yesterday, and also pitched on Wednesday.
- John Axford pitched one inning (13 pitches) yesterday, and also pitched on Wednesday.
- Michael Gonzalez pitched .1 innings (14 pitches) yesterday.
- Francisco Rodriguez pitched one inning (20 pitches) on Wednesday.
- Burke Badenhop, Tom Gorzelanny and Brandon Kintzler last pitched on Tuesday.
- Donovan Hand last pitched on Sunday.
The thunderstorms that moved through Milwaukee today should be gone by tonight, so there's a chance the Miller Park roof will be open. Expect a game time temperature in the upper 70's.