Plan for Fiers, Peralta subject to change
Rookie right-hander Wily Peralta is scheduled for two more starts and Mike Fiers for one, but the plan is subject to change based on the Brewers’ place in the standings, manager Ron Roenicke said Wednesday.
Club officials have closely monitored both rookies’ workloads, particularly Fiers, who has struggled down the stretch as he pushes into uncharted innings. Including Tuesday’s 4 1/3-inning loss to the Reds, Fiers has a 6.70 ERA and a .316 opponents’ average over his last nine starts, and Roenicke was asked whether Fiers’ final scheduled start on Sunday against the Astros at Miller Park was subject to the Brewers being alive in the National League Wild Card race.
“I don’t know. I can’t answer that,” Roenicke said. “When that time comes, we’ll probably talk about a couple things with a couple pitchers. Hopefully, we don’t have to think about that.”
In other words, he hopes the Brewers stay alive in the hunt for the NL’s second Wild Card. The Cardinals held that spot entering Wednesday night, with a 4 1/2-game lead over both the Brewers and Dodgers.
Peralta starts Thursday against the Reds and is in line to pitch again on Tuesday against the Padres in the penultimate game of the regular season.
Mark Rogers, shut down earlier this month in a pre-emptive move, is not an option to start again if someone like Fiers or Peralta is instructed to call it a season, Roenicke said. Those duties would fall instead to Tyler Thornburg, Josh Stinson or Livan Hernandez.
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