Block: Peralta 'increasingly good' as Brewers season has gone along
Wily Peralta. Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
No hits allowed in his first five innings. Two hits allowed on the night.
Despite getting the loss in the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 debacle in St. Louis Tuesday, Wily Peralta again revealed his more-than-solid, sometimes "ace"-like development during this 2013 campaign.
620WTMJ Brewers co-voice Joe Block said Wednesday that since June, Peralta "for the most part, (ahs) been increasingly good."
In fact, since June 16, Peralta has had only two starts where he gave up more than three earned runs.
His ERA in that span: 2.92.
"That's pretty good for a mid-rotation starter which is all the Brewers were hoping he would be this season," explained Block.
"He's had a few ups and downs since that June date, but for the most part, he's been increasingly good."
When asked if Peralta, 24, could someday reach the status of an ace, Block responded by throwing out names like Clayton Kershaw, with a 1.92 ERA on the year, and others who have succeeded in carrying over that type of sub-3.00 ERA throughout an entire season.
"Those are aces. Then there's the second level of guys, No. 2 starters who are, for most teams, No. 1 starters. A lot of teams don't even have a No. 2 starter," said Block.
"Peralta can fit into that because of his great stuff. If he has his fastball and slider working...his change-up working, too, he could have a night like an ace, for sure."
Such as his first five innings against St. Louis Tuesday.