Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Matchup: Justin Grimm vs. Wily Peralta
By Sahadev Sharma | Special to ESPNDallas.com
The Rangers start a quick two-game set against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night. A pair of rookies take the mound as Justin Grimm and Wily Peralta face off. First pitch at Miller Park is at 7:10 p.m. on FSSW and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM (1540 AM in Spanish).
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Grimm (2-1, 2.28): Grimm has been solid in his first four starts of the season, delivering a quality start in his last three. … Despite taking the loss, Grimm was solid in his last outing, giving up only three runs – all on a three-run homer off the bat of Tyler Flowers – in 6 2/3 innings Thursday night against the Chicago White Sox. … Grimm’s 23.5 percent strikeout rate puts him at a very respectable 29th in baseball (for pitchers with at least 20 innings of work), among notable names like Madison Bumgarner, Stephen Strasburg and James Sheilds. … Grimm has made one interleague start in his career, tossing six strong innings against the Houston Astros last June 16. It was Grimm’s first major league start and first career victory. … Grimm has thrown at least 90 pitches in each of his four starts this season but reached the century mark (105) for the first time in his last outing.
Peralta (2-2, 6.00): Peralta is coming off a rough outing against the St. Louis Cardinals in which he lasted only 4 1/3 innings and got battered for six runs on 11 hits. … Peralta’s biggest issue appears to be that not only is he allowing too many hits (11.2 hits per nine innings, ninth-worst in baseball), but when men get on, they’re scoring (61.8 percent left on base rate, seventh-worst in baseball). … Lefties are putting up a .354/.400/.492 line against Peralta on the season. … Peralta has never made a start against an American League team.
Hitters: Neither pitcher has faced any of the other team's hitters. Grimm is making his seventh career start, while this will be Peralta’s 12th.