The question of who will be the Brewers starter on opening day was answered yesterday, with Wily Peralta getting the nod. Jimmy Nelson, Matt Garza, Taylor Jungmann, and finally Chase Anderson will follow Peralta in the rotation. If any of those starters go down, then Zach Davies will be the next man up for the Brewers from AAA Colorado Springs.
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It does not look like Counsell has taken spring play into consideration for the opening day honor, as Peralta has the highest spring ERA among Brewers starters. Still, if Peralta can get back into his 2014 form and through the injury problems he had last year he can put together a strong campaign.
The Brewers first turn through the rotation will look like:
April 4 vs. San Francisco – Wily Peralta (11.7 ERA through 10 spring innings) will be facing Madison Bumgarner on opening day.
April 5 vs. San Francisco – Jimmy Nelson (1.8 ERA through 10 spring innings)
April 6 vs. San Francisco – Matt Garza (3.95 ERA through 13.2 spring innings)
April 8 vs. Houston – Taylor Jungmann (1.08 ERA through 8.1 spring innings)
April 9 vs. Houston – Chase Anderson (10.13 ERA through 10.2 spring innings)
It’s a good bet that Bumgarner is followed in the rotation by Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija, the Giants two big free agent signings. The Brewers could be facing any of Mike Fiers, Doug Fister or Scott Feldman on April 8 and 9, and are looking at a matchup between Wily Peralta and reigning AL Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel when the second turn in the rotation comes around.