We’re one week into August and the major league leader in wins is Brewers right-hander Wily Peralta. That’s right, Wily Peralta.
Peralta held the Giants to one run over 6 2/3 innings this afternoon as part of a 3-1 victory at Miller Park in Milwaukee. In doing so, he became the first pitcher in MLB to reach 14 wins this season.
Peralta struck out a career-high nine batters in the victory. He gave up seven hits and walked one, with the only run scoring on a Hunter Pence RBI single in the fifth inning. That hit from Pence actually tied the game, but the Brewers took the lead back for good in the sixth against Jake Peavy with a ground-rule double from Khris Davis and a sacrifice fly from Mark Reynolds.
Peralta, 25, is now 14-6 with a 3.42 ERA and 108/41 K/BB ratio over 144 2/3 innings this season. Johnny Cueto, Madison Bumgarner, Adam Wainwright, Clayton Kershaw, Rick Porcello, and Max Scherzer are all currently stuck on 13 wins. Weather-permitting, Wainwright could tie Peralta tonight if he beats the Red Sox.
Rick Morissey of the Chicago Sun-Times published an article on Sunday giving a bit of insight into Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein. When Epsten was younger, he dabbled in sportswriting, but quickly realized the trade wasn’t for him.
As Morissey details, when Epstein was 19 years old writing for Yale’s student newspaper, he wrote an article suggesting the school’s football coach should be fired during what would become a 3-7 season. Epstein was told during the meeting that one writer would defend the coach and one would call for his job. “It was a lesson in the way that the world of journalism sometimes works. It was an eye-opener for me. I regret it, and I’ve happily moved on.”
Epstein continued, “I realized I didn’t want to be a sportswriter when I was interning with the Orioles back in ’92, ’93, ’94. I did do a lot of media-relations stuff, and I saw that the life of a sportswriter is pretty lonely. You kind of work by yourself, sit there by yourself in the press box, go back to the hotel bar. Not to generalize.” He added, “But I really respect writing and respect sportswriters.”
He’s not wrong, and he seems to have found his calling as a front office executive. His Cubs are back in the World Series for the first time since 1945.
Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis tweeted on Sunday, “Got a little too close to [Francisco Lindor] during the celebration!! Freak accident but should be good to go by Tuesday! #cantkeepmeoutofthisgame!”
Per MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian, manager Terry Francona said Kipnis is dealing with a low ankle sprain, but he’s expected to be ready to go when the World Series begins on Tuesday. Kipnis went through fielding drills on Sunday.
Kipnis is hitting .167/.219/.367 with a pair of homers and four RBI in eight games this postseason.