We knew the Milwaukee Brewers were going to need to make a move before tonight’s matchup with Arizona in order to make room for scheduled starter Chase Anderson, and earlier this afternoon the Brewers announced such a transaction:
Freddy Peralta made the first two starts of his MLB career while Anderson recovered from a stomach ailment, and all-in-all had a pretty successful stint. He made plenty of headlines with his stunning 13 strikeout debut, of course, and over his two starts he worked a total of 9.2 innings while allowing four hits and four earned runs with eight walks and 18 strikeouts. Peralta will head back to the minors and rejoin the rotation at AAA Colorado Springs, but he figures to be a prime candidate to be called upon once again if/when another starter is needed during the course of the season.
As for Anderson. he’ll be searching for an uptick in performance upon his return to regular duty tonight. The right-hander has made eight starts with a solid 3.97 ERA in 45.1 innings so far this season, but is striking out batters a career-low rate (5.96 K/9), walking them at a career-high rate (3.18 BB/9), and he has already coughed up 10 long balls (1.99 HR/9). If FIP- (146) and DRA- (123) are any indication, Anderson could be headed for some sharp regression if things keep up at their current pace. He’ll have his work cut out against him tonight against Zack Greinke and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Miller Park.
Statistics courtesy of Fangraphs and Baseball Prospectus