Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Wily Peralta has struggled mightily at times this season. It is certainly unfortunate because the organization had such high hopes for him in 2013. One way Peralta could start pitching better is if he trusts catcher Martin Maldonado and focuses on making the right pitchers rather than thinking about the lack of run support he has received.
In a year in which the Brewers have put forth a horrendous effort, Peralta has not done much to help their cause. Some of the young players have stepped up and played very well despite Milwaukee’s struggles. Unfortunately, Peralta has not been one of them.
Tuesday night was another classic example of Peralta beginning a game pitching very well only for it to all come crashing down. One has to assume that if he had stuck with how Maldonado was calling the game he would have taken the no-hit bid deeper than six innings. Instead, St. Louis Cardinals’ Matt Holliday crushed the sinker for a two-run home run.
“The funniest part is that was the first pitch he shook me off all night,” Maldonado said, according to Brewers.com. “I wanted a fastball down and away. [He] wanted to go a sinker in. That’s part of baseball. I prefer if you’re going to give up a homer or a base hit in that situation, it’s a pitch they commit to.”
Not trusting his personal catcher was the first major mistake Peralta made in the loss. The other mistake was that he concentrated too much on the Brewers not giving him enough run support. It has been a huge issue this season for the right-hander as Milwaukee has scored only three runs or less in nine of Peralta’s last 10 starts. With that being said, he must focus on what he can control. Thinking too much about other parts of that game takes the concentration away from where it needs to be.
Peralta is 9-15 with a 4.49 ERA and 119 strikeouts in 30 starts this season.