Tonight Milwaukee Brewers fans were tasked with determining if starting pitcher Wily Peralta had indeed left the building in 2016. Short answer, no he has not.
Peralta looked like he had found a way to teleport his 2014 version to present day. You know, the Peralta that won 17 games and the Brewers were in first place for the majority of the season.
To start his evening, he made a pretty good impression slinging a 98 mph fastball past Charlie Blackmon followed by a 99 mph fastball right after. His control appeared to be a bit off early, but once he settled down he was able to make good pitches to baffle the talented Colorado Rockies lineup.
However, one problem that should be pointed out was that his pitch count was rather high in the early innings of tonight’s game. This is sometimes a normal occurrence when pitchers make their first start of the season, especially after the roller coaster season big Wily endured in 2016.
If you recall he did not start off on such a great note, as he had an era north of six in his first few months. This slow start seemed to be a blessing for him though, as it would allow him to be optioned to Colorado Springs and let him work out the kinks away from Milwaukee.
Whatever pitching coach Fred Dabney worked on with him seems to have made an impression and has the former Brewers top prospect back on track, and hopefully, he will stay this way for his next 30 starts.
If Wily Peralta truly has found himself and is ready to contribute to this team long term, it should really help the rebuild stay on track. Tonight, he truly showed what hard work and determination can do.
The team at Reviewing the Brew is already looking forward to Peralta’s next start. What do you think he’ll do? Let us know in the comments section.