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Today's Matchup: Milwaukee (Peralta) vs. Miami (Alvarez)

The Brewers are going for their first series sweep since June 7-9 when they took down the Phillies in three consecutive games.

Mike McGinnis

Hopefully Wily Peralta (4.61 ERA, 4.33 FIP) can keep up his hot pitching as of late. Peralta has allowed just four earned runs over his last five starts, including a seven inning, one run performance in his last outing against the Diamondbacks. Even better than that, Peralta finally demonstrated a game-long ability to strike hitters out, racking up a career high eight strikeouts on the day.

He will have Martin Maldonado behind the plate today, which has boded well for Peralta's success in his brief career thus far.

For the Marlins, Henderson Alvarez (4.58 ERA, 2.94 FIP) will be the third consecutive talented young pitcher thrown the Brewers way in this series. Jacob Turner pitched well in the first game, but Nathan Eovaldi struggled for the first time in 2013 yesterday.

Alvarez was acquired in the offseason supertrade that saw Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, and others sent to the Toronto Blue Jays. He spent most of 2012 in the majors, making 31 starts and posting a 4.85 ERA and 1.441 WHIP.

In the minors, Alvarez was never spectacular, though he was usually solid. He had excellent control, but posted average strikeout numbers. He also gave up a fair amount of hits. He doesn't project to be a star in the Majors, but could be a useful back-end of the rotation arm.

Neither Alvarez nor Peralta have faced an opposing hitter ten times.


In the Bullpen:
  • Brandon Kintzler pitched 1.2 innings (19 pitches) last night.
  • Donovan Hand pitched .1 innings (9 pitches) last night.
  • Burke Badenhop pitched .1 innings (3 pitches) last night.
  • Michael Gonzalez pitched .1 innings (5 pitches) last night.
  • Francisco Rodriguez pitched one inning (11 pitches) Friday.
  • Jim Henderson pitched one inning (12 pitches) Friday.
  • John Axford pitched one inning (23 pitches) Friday.
  • Tyler Thornburg is probably hanging out with Tim Dillard in their secret fortress.