Monday, May 17, 2010

Parra Gets the Start

If you've noticed that Brewers fans have been on edge the last few days, you can't blame them. And no, it's not because of the horrid six game homestand the Brewers just put us through. It's because that with Doug Davis going on the DL, the possibility of Jeff Suppan getting the call to be a starter was a very real one. In the first bit of good news all week, that will not be the case.

Manny Parra will instead be your starter, something that many fans think is long overdue. When Jeff Suppan was demoted to the bullpen, it was Chris Narveson and not Parra who took is place, and I think that was still the right move. Narveson has been pitching decent as a starter, and Parra was doing a stand up job in the bullpen. I was in the camp that wanted to see Parra work out of the bullpen a little longer.

That being said, Manny Parra has the stuff to be a starter, if he could ever just put it all together. Ideally, I would have liked to see him become stronger as a long reliever and then eventually head back into the starting lineup. But necessity has thrown him back into the starting lineup, and with the situation how it is, I can't complain. Don't expect anything great from Parra in terms of innings, as he's still in a reliever's pitch count mode - but if we can get five good innings out of him I'll be pleased. Again though, as long as it's not Soup I don't care who we throw in there.

As for tonight, Yovani Gallardo looks to end the losing streak as the Crew head to Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati. First pitch at 6:05.


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