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Today's Matchup: Milwaukee (Peralta) vs Colorado (Chatwood)

Two promising young pitchers get the opportunity to face off today.

Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Can Wily Peralta (4.30 ERA, 4.17 FIP) keep up his recent streak of excellent starts? Over his last six outings, he has allowed four earned runs, been unscored-upon four times, has given up three or fewer hits four times, and threw the team's first complete game in two and a half years. Of course, during one start he allowed four unearned runs, but this is still a remarkable streak.

Peralta came into this season as Milwaukee's top prospect, despite lingering issues with his control. Peralta won a starting job out of spring training, but faltered through the first two months of the season, posting a 6.35 ERA through May. To the Brewers credit, they stuck with him and have been rewarded with this excellent string of starts.Hopefully his recent performance is closer to the kind of pitcher he will be moving forward in his career.

For Colorado, Tyler Chatwood (2.48 ERA, 3.44 FIP) will take the mound. Chatwood has been in the majors off and on again since 2011, but has come into his own this season. This is how good Chatwood has been: Over 13 starts, he has allowed more than two runs just twice, and neither of those were particularly bad starts.

Until this year, Chatwood has struggled since being named Baseball-America's #76 prospect prior to 2011. He joined the Rockies' rotation for most of that season and earned a 4.75 ERA in 27 games (25 starts). In 2012, he made 13 minor league starts (4.70 ERA) and 19 major league appearances, 12 of which were starts (5.43 ERA overall). He began this season in Triple-A, pitched well, and the rest of this season speaks for itself.

Chatwood primarily uses a 93 MPH four-seam fastball, which he throws over 60% of the time. He'll also mix in a 78 MPH curveball (12%), an 85 MPH slider (12%) and a 93 MPH two-seamer (11%).

No current Brewers player has faced Chatwood 10 or more times.


I've not yet seen the lineups, perhaps you could throw them in the comments section?

In the bullpen:

  • Alfredo Figaro pitched 2.1 innings (33 pitches) yesterday.
  • Brandon Kintzler pitched two innings (18 pitches) yesterday.
  • Michael Gonzalez pitched one inning (17 pitches) yesterday.
  • Jim Henderson pitched one inning (24 pitches) Wednesday.
  • John Axford pitched one inning (7 pitches) Wednesday.
  • Tyler Thornburg pitched 4 innings (79 pitches) Tuesday.
  • Burke Badenhop pitched 1.1 innings (21 pitches) Monday.
  • Tyler Thornburg pitched one inning (eight pitches) Monday.
  • Rob Wooten was just called up to the majors.