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Freddy Peralta to start Monday against Phillies

There won’t be an opener for Fastball Freddy this time

MLB: Washington Nationals at Milwaukee Brewers Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

When the Brewers listed tonight’s starter as TBD heading into the series finale in Chicago, there was some thought that they might use an opener for Freddy Peralta — especially since it worked out so well last time out.

Not the case, says Adam McCalvy.

Adrian Houser pitched the first two innings for the Brewers against the Washington Nationals last Tuesday before Peralta threw 5 scoreless innings in “relief,” allowing just 3 hits and striking out 5 while walking 2.

Perhaps Craig Counsell is confident Peralta found some confidence in that outing, or maybe the lack of a true long relief option means he’s hoping Peralta can get through the first five innings himself.

Either way, the Philadelphia lineup will pose a much bigger challenge for Peralta. Former Brewer Gabe Kapler typically lines his guys up with Andrew McCutchen leading off, followed by Jean Segura, Bryce Harper, Rhys Hoskins, J.T. Realmuto, Odubel Herrera, Cesar Hernandez and Maikel Franco.