Freddy Peralta is having the type of season many envisioned Luis Castillo to be having.
Peralta has been one of the best - and most underrated - pitchers in the National League with a 6-1 record and 2.25 ERA and 0.88 WHIP. He enters today's game 12 strikeouts away from leading the league with 92 in 64 innings. Milwaukee is 9-3 in Peralta's starts this year.
Castillo has been one of the most disappointing pitchers in baseball with a 2-8 record, 6.63 ERA and 1.66 WHIP. I cut him from my Rotisserie team weeks ago without even bothering to try to trade him. I just wanted him off my team.
Peralta and Castillo squared off on May 23. The Brewers won, 9-4, getting to Castillo for five runs in five innings.
The Brewers also rate a strong bullpen advantage. Milwaukee is 10-2 in its last 12 games.
The Reds have lost eight of their last 11 home contests.