Wily Peralta never looked comfortable on the mound Saturday. As a result, a glance at the wild-card standings now inspires similar anxiety among Brewers faithful.
Peralta picked a bad time for an uncharacteristically bad outing. The Brewers rookie had a rough showing from the get-go in Milwaukee's 10-4 setback to Washington.
The 23-year-old nervously scraped the mound with his left foot after pitches. His usually dominant stuff was largely ineffective -- especially his slider. And his command was anything but consistent.
Due in part to Peralta's shakiness, the Brewers saw a season-high six-game winning streak snapped.
Afterward, Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke noted that Peralta simply "couldn't get comfortable. He just couldn't find it. He just never got in that good rhythm."
Peralta, who entered the day 2-0 with a tidy 2.14 ERA, lasted just 2 23 innings against the Nationals, yielding five hits, three earned runs and four walks in 73 pitches.
Saturday's fourth inning ser...