Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Parra On His Way Back?

Does Doug Melvin actually feel pressure to make this pitching staff better because of recent comments from his All-Star outfielder? Probably not, but it looks like he's about to make a move anyway, although not of the blockbuster type Sabathia deal that happened one year ago today.

Because Manny Parra hasn't been listed in the Nashville Sounds pitching rotation for the week, speculation is rampant that he's on his way back to Milwaukee. Parra's normal pitching today would be on Wednesday so the Brewers could use him then, otherwise right now there is no scheduled starter on Saturday, so he could fill that spot. Either way, it looks like Manny will be in a Brewers uniform again this week. A look at his Nashville starts:

Jun 17 - 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 4 K (no decision)
Jun 23 - 7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K (loss)
Jun 28 - 4.2 IP, 5 H, 6 ER, 5 BB, 5 K (loss)
Jul 3 - 7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K (win)

So overall, Parra has gone 1-2 with a 2.92 ERA and has 19 strikeouts. That ERA is obviously inflated by his one bad outing on June 28th, but it was bad outings like those that got him sent down in the first place. In his other three games though, he did go deep into the ball game, and his strikeout rates are high. If he can just avoid the typical Parra collapse we've grown accustomed too, then maybe a return visit to Milwaukee won't end so badly after all.

Come on Manny, be the savior Doug Melvin is looking for before he panics and we trade Gamel and/or Escobar.


??????? said...

There's no way Parra can be the savior Melvin is looking for. And if either Gamel or Escobar can somehow land us a guy like Roy Halladay then so be it. Melvin won't lump Gamel AND Escobar together in a trade, but might combine one of them with 1 other good prospect or two low-mid level prospects. Or hell, give them Hardy & some prospects ... eat $4 mil. of Hall's 2010 paycheck & throw him in as well. The Jays are looking for someone to fill SS because Marco Scutaro will likely leave for FA this offseason.

??????? said...

Jerry Crasnick thinks Milwaukee & Philly are the best suitors for Halladay, though the Jays have Halladay through 2010 & could wait until next July to deal him. There's always risk involved with waiting though, as the Pads found out with Peavy (now sitting on the DL).

Unknown said...

I say trade away Gamel. He's always going to be a liability in the field and he strikes out way too much.

Jonk said...

Does Gamel strike out too much? I can't tell because he never gets in the lineup any more.

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