Spring Training Game Preview and Thread #-5: Brewers (12-15) v Giants (15-10)

Lisa Blumenfeld

Featuring Darryl Hamilton's Brewer radio debut!

The 25-man roster is set, the rotation is lined up and now we're mostly just waiting for Monday. Today's biggest news may be the Brewer radio debut of Darryl Hamilton, who told @AdamMcCalvy he expects to call around 35 games this season in place of Bob Uecker.

At 3:05 he'll be on the call as Wily Peralta (5.21 ERA this spring, 4.37/4.30 ERA/FIP in 2013) takes the mound in what's likely to be his final exhibition appearance. He last pitched against the Mariners on Wednesday, allowing five runs on eight hits over six innings.

Peralta is pitching with an extra day of rest today, and may not pitch on regular rest again for a few weeks. Peralta is projected to pitch the fifth game of the regular season, which is on April 5. Don't be surprised if the Brewers schedule some kind of intrasquad or simulated game to get him some work on Sunday, the off day before the open of the regular season. After that, he'll likely get another extra day of rest before pitching on April 11.

Peralta faced the Giants twice last season and struggled, posting a 5.23 ERA over 10.1 innings. No current Giants have faced him ten times or more.

He'll face Madison Bumgarner (0.00 ERA this spring, 2.77/3.05 ERA/FIP in 2013), who is looking to complete a shutout spring. Bumgarner pitched seven shutout innings against the Padres on Thursday, walking one and striking out nine, and has yet to allow a run in 17 innings this spring.

Bumgarner pitched a quality start in a loss against the Brewers last season, working seven innings on August 7 and allowing three earned runs on five hits in a game the Brewers eventually won 6-1. Four current Brewers have faced him ten times or more:

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Rickie Weeks 21 20 6 0 0 0 0 1 6 .300 .333 .300 .633
Ryan Braun 17 17 6 2 0 2 3 0 4 .353 .353 .824 1.176
Aramis Ramirez 15 14 3 2 0 0 1 1 0 .214 .267 .357 .624
Carlos Gomez 12 10 2 0 0 0 1 2 2 .200 .333 .200 .533
Total 88 83 22 5 0 2 6 5 15 .265 .307 .398 .704
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 3/25/2014.

Today's lineup is as follows:

It's getting a little warm in Phoenix today, with temperatures in the mid 80's. Given yesterday's weather in Wisconsin, that seems like a weird thing to complain about.

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