Spring Training Game Preview and Thread #-10: Brewers (9-12) @ Mariners (14-5)

Christian Petersen

Can the Brewers take advantage of the sleepy Mariners following their late game last night?

Usually the Brewers play one or two night games during spring training. This year they're not.

The Mariners played one last night, though, and today they'll move back to day baseball at 3:05 Central time with Blake Beavan (2.13 ERA this spring, 6.13/4.99 ERA/FIP in 2013) on the mound. Beavan is making his fifth appearance and fourth start of the spring, and his first since pitching 4.2 innings against the Diamondbacks on Thursday. He allowed a run on five hits in that game, walking none and striking out four.

The Rangers took Beavan with the #17 overall pick in the 2007 draft, but he joined the Mariners in the 2010 trade that sent Cliff Lee to Texas. He had pretty good partial seasons in the majors in 2011 and 2012 before the wheels came off in 2013, when he posted a 6.13 ERA in 12 MLB appearances and a 5.55 mark in AAA. He throws a 90 mph fastball but relies heavily on his slider.

Beavan has, of course, never faced the Brewers in the majors. Elian Herrera is the only Brewer who has seen him in the majors, and he's 1-for-1 with a walk against him.

He'll face Wily Peralta (4.15 ERA this spring, 4.37/4.30 ERA/FIP in 2013) in the young righty's fifth outing and fourth start of the spring. Peralta also pitched 4.2 innings in his last time out against the Diamondbacks on Friday, allowing three runs on six hits with no walks and three strikeouts.

Peralta's numbers don't exactly jump off the page this spring, but it's worth noting that they're a significant improvement over recent seasons. Peralta may have pitched his way back to the minors with poor springs in 2011 and 2012, and allowed 27 hits in 20 innings last season before getting off to a dreadful start in the majors.

Peralta pitched a complete game in a loss against the Mariners on August 11 of last season, allowing two runs on four hits over eight innings with no walks and four strikeouts. No current Mariners have faced him ten times or more, but Justin Smoak has homered off of him.

As of this writing today's Brewer lineup has not been posted. If you've seen it, please drop it in the comments.

Look for another perfect day for baseball today. Expect a game-time temperature around 75 with light winds.

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