Posted by Dan
The Brewers sent Manny Parra down to Nashville after yesterday’s debacle, calling up lefty Chris Narveson to take his place. You would have a hard time finding a more disappointing performance this year than that of ole Manny. Instead of a breakout year, the Crew so far hasn’t even really gotten serviceable numbers from Parra. After yesterday, his ERA ballooned to 7.52 with a tidy 1.92 WHIP. It’s easy to forget the stretch of 5 starts at the end of April/beginning of May in which he turned 4 quality starts out of 5, with the only non QS being a 5 inning, 1 run outing. Since then however, the wheels have come off: 21.1 IP, 32 ER(!!), 16 K:16 BB. Clearly, by being able to merely turn on your computer, and access the internet you are able to see the problem for Parra is his walk rate: it currently is at 5.1 BB/9. The problem seems somewhat bizarre as Parra has a career minor league walk rate of 2.5, yet that number has grown to 4.5 over his MLB career.
Long term this horrible stretch is just a hiccup, and sending him down to Nashville will hopefully allow him to recover his lost control so he contribute to the Crew later this year. I’ll also add that Parra has been rather unlucky this year, with a strand rate of only 60.5%, which is 10% lower than his career norm. His FIP of 5.12 is nearly 2.5 runs lower than his actual ERA which signifies he’s pitched better than his 8 ERA indicates (it must be hard to pitch bad enough to warrant an 8 ERA). Hopefully he fixes whatever is causing his problems throwing strikes, and is back in a month.