sunny.png
Saturday October 23rd, 2021 11:07AM

No surprise: Brewers choose Peralta to face Braves' Anderson

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

ATLANTA (AP) — For Craig Counsell, the decision to have Freddy Peralta start Monday's Game 3 of the NL Division Series for the Milwaukee Brewers against the Atlanta Braves was easy.

The manager said he considered no other options.

“Freddy was the starter,” Counsell said Sunday. “That was the plan from probably July.”

The best-of-five series is tied at one game apiece, putting pressure on Peralta and Braves starter Ian Anderson to give his team the edge. Each pitcher has returned from stints on the injured list to feel healthy entering the postseason.

It will be Peralta's first postseason start.

“It means a lot for me,” Peralta said following the team's light workout at Truist Park.

“I know it's going to be a great experience. As a player I always dreamed of this kind of moment because I always watched these kinds of games," he said.

Peralta won his only start against the Braves this season, pitching six scoreless innings in a 10-9 win at Milwaukee on May 16. The right-hander was 10-5 with a 2.81 ERA in the regular season.

Peralta was on the 10-day injured list from Aug. 19 to Sept. 2 with right shoulder inflammation. He was 1-2 with a 4.70 ERA in five September starts and has not pitched in almost two weeks since his last start on Sept. 26.

“I've been working these last few days,” Peralta said. That work included warming up in the bullpen in the eighth inning of Game 1 on Friday.

“For me, that helped a lot because my arm felt a lot better after that day,” Peralta said.

Peralta, 25, has appeared in only one postseason game, pitching three scoreless innings in relief against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2018 NL Championship Series.

Anderson, 23, has the edge over Peralta in postseason experience. He is 2-0 with a 0.96 ERA in four postseason games. He started in Game 7 of last season's NL Championship Series loss to the Dodgers, allowing two runs in three innings.

Anderson said the playoff experience should have a calming effect on Monday's start.

“I think I’ll be a little bit more comfortable,” Anderson said. “There’s not going to be those first-time nerves kind of because I did go through it last year. And I got that experience. So I think it’s going to be just channeling that energy from the crowd and not getting too overhyped.”

Anderson was 9-5 with a 3.58 ERA this season. A highlight came when he took a no-hitter into the seventh inning of a 5-1 win at Milwaukee on May 15.

He was on the injured list with right shoulder inflammation from July 16 to Aug. 19.

Anderson said he had "a little slower progression than I wanted” after returning from the IL, but he carries momentum into the postseason. He allowed only a combined three runs while winning his last two starts against Arizona and Philadelphia.

He allowed two runs in six innings in the Braves' 5-3 win over the Phillies on Sept. 30 which clinched Atlanta's fourth consecutive NL East title.

“I think just the experience that Ian’s had in his short major league career is going to fend for him well,” said Braves manager Brian Snitker. “He’s been on the biggest stage, Game 7 in NLCS. That’s pretty good for a young age. And how he handled himself was extraordinary, I thought.”

The Brewers' bullpen is missing right-hander Devin Williams and left-hander Brent Suter, who has a strained right oblique. Suter participated in light throwing on Sunday and has a chance to return to the active roster if Milwaukee advances to the NLCS.

“We're thinking of a progression that would have him ready for the next series,” Counsell said. “... He's had two good days and on to the next day.”

Williams fractured his throwing hand when he punched a wall the night the Brewers clinched the NL Central.

___

More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Sports, AP Online Baseball , AP Online - Georgia News, AP Sports - Major League Baseball
© Copyright 2021 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
No surprise: Brewers choose Peralta to face Braves' Anderson
The Milwaukee Brewers will start Freddy Peralta against Atlanta Braves right-hander Ian Anderson in Game 3 of the NL Division Series
5:28PM ( 7 minutes ago )
The Latest: Giants' Barkley out with ankle injury
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley has been ruled out in the first half against the Dallas Cowboys with a left ankle injury
5:21PM ( 14 minutes ago )
Southwest Airlines cancels more than 1,000 weekend flights
Southwest Airlines canceled hundreds of flights over the weekend, blaming the woes on air traffic control issues and weather
5:15PM ( 20 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
The Latest: Brady, Bucs roll to big lead against Miami
Just another routine 400-yard, five-touchdown day for Tom Brady
3:46PM ( 1 hour ago )
Ko gets wire-to-wire win at Founders and ties Annika record
Jin Young Ko won another tournament and tied a record held by Annika Soresntam
3:42PM ( 1 hour ago )
The Latest: Bengals pull even with Packers at 22-all
The Cincinnati Bengals have pulled even with Green Bay in a matchup of division leaders
3:39PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Sports
Urías hits, pitches Dodgers past Giants to even NLDS series
Julio Urías shut down San Francisco and contributed an RBI single for his cause, Cody Bellinger and AJ Pollock delivered two-run doubles to blow it open in the sixth, and the Los Angeles Dodgers pounded the Giants 9-2 to even their NL Division Series at one game apiece
1:28AM ( 16 hours ago )
Fried sharp, Braves blank Brewers 3-0 to tie NLDS at 1-all
Max Fried pitched six sharp innings and Atlanta’s bullpen held on after manager Brian Snitker’s quick hook, sending the Braves over the Milwaukee Brewers 3-0 to tie their NL Division Series at a game apiece
9:52PM ( 19 hours ago )
AP Online Baseball
Broadcaster Kaat apologizes for "40-acre" comment
MLB Network broadcaster Jim Kaat has apologized during an AL Division Series game between the Astros and White Sox after saying teams should try to “get a 40-acre field full of” players who look like Chicago infielder Yoán Moncada
4:37PM ( 2 days ago )
Injury will prevent Suter from pitching for Brewers in NLDS
Milwaukee Brewers left-hander Brent Suter will miss the National League Division Series with a right oblique strain
12:24PM ( 2 days ago )
Arozarena shines, Rays blank Red Sox 5-0 in ALDS opener
Randy Arozarena became the first player to hit a home run and steal home in a postseason game, and rookie Shane McClanahan pitched the Tampa Bay Rays past the Boston Red Sox 5-0 in their AL Division Series opener
2:57AM ( 2 days ago )
AP Sports - Major League Baseball
The Latest: Giants' Barkley out with ankle injury
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley has been ruled out in the first half against the Dallas Cowboys with a left ankle injury
5:21PM ( 14 minutes ago )
Southwest Airlines cancels more than 1,000 weekend flights
Southwest Airlines canceled hundreds of flights over the weekend, blaming the woes on air traffic control issues and weather
5:15PM ( 21 minutes ago )
Jets can't explain another slow start in loss to Falcons
Another slow start doomed the New York Jets
5:04PM ( 31 minutes ago )
Crosby hits 49-yarder after 3 misses, Packers top Bengals
Mason Crosby hit a 49-yard field goal in overtime after missing three straight attempts as the Green Bay Packers beat the Cincinnati Bengals 25-22
4:56PM ( 39 minutes ago )
Mbappé nets late as France beats Spain to win Nations League
Kylian Mbappé has scored a late winner as world champion France came from behind to beat Spain 2-1 in the Nations League final
4:43PM ( 52 minutes ago )