Freddy Peralta returned to the mound on Tuesday night, and turned in an excellent performance for the Milwaukee Brewers. Should he get another chance to start again?
Adrian Houser threw two scoreless innings as the Milwaukee Brewers ‘Opener’ on Tuesday night, but Freddy Peralta was the real story. The last time we saw Peralta, he was battered for nine runs, six earned, by the Colorado Rockies. Peralta turned in an excellent outing on Tuesday, but does he deserve to rejoin the starting rotation?
How good was Peralta on Tuesday?
Excellent. Peralta started the third inning, and shut the Nationals down for five innings. He only allowed three hits and two walks with five strikeouts in five scoreless innings. He tossed 80 pitches with 56 going for strikes. He also recorded five outs via the groundball.
Peralta lowered his ERA from over 8.00 to 6.75. He also limited the walks he allowed, and kept the ball out of the air, and, most importantly, out of the bleachers. It’s a start.
Should he start again?
Yes, he probably should.
The Milwaukee Brewers have Jhoulys Chacin, Zach Davies, and Brandon Woodruff penciled in to the first three spots in their rotation. After that? Gio Gonzalez will continue to take the ball every fifth day, so that makes four starters. Next in line is either Peralta, Houser, or Corbin Burnes.
Houser looked solid in two innings, but appears better suited for the bullpen. Burnes has also looked solid in the bullpen. And then there’s Peralta who just tossed five scoreless innings. Peralta makes the most sense at this point. It looks like he’s over his shoulder tightness and recent struggles, but still needs to show greater consistency if he wants to stay in the rotation for the long haul. Tuesday was a positive step, and he deserves a chance to take another…for now.