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.
Rookie first baseman Pete Alonso has launched what appears to be the beginning of an auspicious career, made all the more notable by the 50 home runs he’s produced for the Mets so far this season. The All-Star slugger pushed his home run streak to four straight games on Friday, collecting no. 50 on an eighth-inning fastball from the Reds’ Sal Romano.
It’s just the latest of a long line of accomplishments for the 24-year-old infielder. Entering Friday’s series opener against Cincinnati, the first-time All-Star carried a .266/.366/.590 batting line with a league-leading 49 homers, 113 RBI, a .956 OPS and 4.9 fWAR through 648 plate appearances. Among those who are still rounding out their rookie seasons in 2019, he ranks first in home runs and fWAR by a long shot: the White Sox’ Eloy Jiménez is second in home runs with 28 dingers, while the Astros’ Yordan Álvarez plays second fiddle in fWAR with 3.7 Wins Above Replacement.
Even more remarkable: Alonso is the second rookie in MLB history to deliver at least 50 home runs in a single season. The first? Aaron Judge, who clubbed a jaw-dropping 52 homers for the Yankees in 2017.