This article is part of our Collette Calls series.
I wrote my first piece about pitcher workload concerns in mid-May. I firmly believe it is time to revisit the piece after a particular quote from Brewers manager Craig Counsell a few days ago as we need to be a proactive as possible about managing our pitching staffs the final third of the fantasy season.
Freddy Peralta was cruising against the White Sox on Saturday night, scattering three baserunners over four innings while striking out five on 51 pitches. Fantasy leaguers were yearning for Peralta's eighth win as he continues his stellar season, but Peralta did not take the mound in the fifth as Adrian Houser came in to work the next two innings and earned his sixth win of the season. After the game, Counsell had this to say to reporters:
"I think we'll probably split up a start again, still kind of working through an exact day on it, but we'll do it again, not with Freddy, with someone else. ... When you have two off days in a week and I've got six starters, we're going to have to make some adjustments there. This is what we've done, and it's allowed us to give those guys a little bit of a break."
Peralta has thrown 102 innings this season, nearly quadruple what he did as a reliever in 2020 and 17 more than he threw as a swingman in 2019. Milwaukee clearly has October plans given its position in the standings and the trade rumors that continue