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8/11: Open Game Thread

Felix Hernandez vs Wily Peralta

Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE

Well, these last couple of games have really been something. I would tell you all to stop worrying because Felix is on the mound today, but that hasn't quite worked the past two times. But still, it's Felix, guys.

Taking the mound for the Brewers is right-hander Wily Peralta. Peralta is having a .8 fWAR season starting for Milwaukee after playing his first six games last season, five of which came in September. So he's pretty fresh. Peralta pitches in the NL and I've never watched him before so I don't really know anything about him. Apparently he has two fastballs that can hit 95-96, a slider, and a changeup. Brooks Baseball says he also has a curve, but he has apparently only thrown it nine times in his professional career since 2007.

Peralta is 8-11 this year, sporting a 4.12 xFIP and a 4.38 SIERA, so he's kind of so-so. So far, in 2013, he has averaged an HR/FB of 11%, but his HR/9 is only .86. All this really means is that he throws a lot of fastballs. He fits the profile of a converted reliever, but he's also still a rookie (I think, those rules are so damn confusing), so I don't know what else to say about that. My last bit of Wily Peralta analysis is that his first name is "Wiley," and not "Willy" or "Wiley." The only other Wily I know only thinks he's wily and ends up getting run over by paving trucks and having TNT explode in his face. He's also a cartoon coyote.

Oh, and look at the Mariners lineup. Endy Chavez is batting second, Nick Franklin gets the day off, and Brad Miller moves to 2nd base so Brendan Ryan can get the start at short. Apparently Eric Wedge had a closed-door meeting with managers this morning to discuss the past couple of weeks of play. I'll let you decide if these two events are related.

Anyway, here's to Felix, and lets officially graduate from the memories of his past two starts.


P. Felix Hernandez (R)


P. Wily Peralta (R)