Wily Peralta (4.60 ERA, 4.19 FIP) can't say that his last start went as planned. Pitching against the Reds--his opponent tonight--just a week ago, Peralta gave up seven runs on eight hits and four walks over 4.1 innings. That was easily one of Peralta's worst starts of his career. Of course, just a month and a half ago, he also threw a complete game shutout against Cincinnati. Bad starts are bound to happen, and Peralta has been overwhelmingly good this season.
Thanks to four starts against the Reds this season, the rookie has already faced six Cincinnati hitters at least ten times:
For the Reds, Bronson Arroyo (3.40 ERA, 3.97 FIP) will take the mound. Arroyo has thrown 162 innings this season and is seeking his ninth consecutive year with at least 199 innings thrown, an impressive feat. This has been Arroyo's best season statistically since 2006, as he has posted a 1.107 WHIP along with his 3.40 ERA, just two years removed from a season where he had an ERA over 5.00.
The last time Arroyo pitched against the Brewers, he gave up 12 hits over 7.2 innings. Despite that, Milwaukee scored just two runs against him.
Arroyo throws four pitches primarily: An 87 MPH sinker (40%), a 76 MPH slider (24%), a 79 MPH changeup (19%), and a 70 MPH curveball (14%).
Arroyo has faced six Brewers at least ten times (though he has never faced the likes of Khris Davis before). Here is how they have fared:
Aoki RF Segura SS Lucroy 1B Ramirez 3B Gomez CF Davis LF Gennett 2B Maldonado C Peralta P
Choo CF Heisey RF Votto 1B Phillips 2B Ludwick LF Hannahan 3B Cozart SS Hanigan C Arroyo P
In the bullpen: