The Milwaukee Brewers‘ rotation is solid all around, but one complaint that many have is that they lack a true ace. People say that it is a rotation that is filled with plenty of No. 2 and 3 starters, but no one is truly able to step up and deliver when the team needs a win.
But with Wily Peralta‘s continued development, that is soon to change. The Brewers needed a big start on Monday from a pitcher to stop the losing streak, and Peralta came through. While Matt Garza was unable to get out of the first inning of his start on Saturday and Yovani Gallardo was unable to win the series on Sunday, Peralta delivered with a big win against the Reds, who have owned the Brewers this season.
While Peralta clearly did not have his best stuff, he was able to battle through seven innings, allowing only one run on three hits, lowering his season ERA to 3.58.
This start is just a glimpse of why he is ready to become the ace of the staff. Gallardo has been owned by divisional foes St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds, but Peralta has shut down these teams, going 4-0 against them this year. With the Brewers facing their divisional rivals regularly, the ace needs to be able to shut them down. Peralta has also been able to consistently limit his pitch count and work deep into games.
When a team needs a win, aces step in and get the job done. Starts like this show that Peralta is ready to step in and fill that role. With an overpowering fastball and devastating sinker, he clearly has the best stuff on the team and is someone who will be starting on Opening Days for a long time.