Wily Peralta (4.42 ERA, 4.24 FIP) has been on a roll recently. Despite allowing five earned runs over 3.2 innings against the Rockies on July 26, he has a 2.08 ERA over his last nine starts. The fact that he has done that, and still has a 4.42 ERA on the season goes to show how bad the first half of his year was, but he has really settled in. His latest outing saw him go 6.1 innings while allowing one run on five hits to the Giants. He struck out two batters while walking two.
I think Peralta, like many young pitchers, just needed some time to get a feel for the majors. It sure seems that he has recently figured things out. He's obviously pitching well now. Hopefully that continues for the rest of the season and gives him something real nice to build on for 2014. Kudos to the Brewers for sticking with him all season, though I'm not sure they thought any of their other options would have been any better.
Peralta will hopefully take some notes from his opponent today. Felix Hernandez (2.39 ERA, 2.56) is quite possibly the best pitcher in the game. Like Yovani Gallardo, Hernandez has been one of the most used pitchers in the major leagues. Also like Gallardo, Hernandez has seen a significant drop in his pitch velocity. Unlike Gallardo, Hernandez has been able to adapt and still be as dominant as anyone in the majors.
Hernandez currently is tops in the AL in both ERA and innings thrown. Hernandez is slightly better on the road this season than he is at Safeco, with 15 points better of opponent OPS and a 2.63 home ERA vs a 2.17 road ERA. Not that it matters much. He's going to be spectacular wherever he pitches.
Hernandez has faced just one Brewers hitter at least ten times. That would be former teammate Yuniesky Betancourt, who has hit .083/.083/.083 over 12 PA against Hernandez.
Schafer RF Segura SS Lucroy DH Gomez CF Gindl LF Francisco 1B Bianchi 3B Gennett 2B Maldonado C
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