Jarrod Parker made it through just 3 1/3 innings and allowed nine hits for the second consecutive start Sunday. The difference from his last one—when he gave up just two runs in Anaheim—was the Detroit Tigers made him pay with a career-high eight runs allowed in the A’s 10-1 loss at the Coliseum.
Parker had a rocky spring and has not fared much better in his three regular-season starts. His ERA is currently at 10.80, and he has allowed 23 hits in 11 2/3 innings. In addition, as manager Bob Melvin noted, Parker has walked eight and recorded just four strikeouts, a year after he led the A’s with 140 strikeouts in 181 1/3 innings.
“I’m just a tick away, I feel like,” Parker said. “It’s something where I’ve just got to keep working hard and not dwell too much on what’s done is done.”
What exactly is troubling Parker, though, seems tough to pinpoint. Against the Angels, he said his fastball command was poor. It was better Sunday, but Parker said he “didn’t have much off-speed today,” all the more reason for the Tigers to key on the fastball—which they did, including several that Parker left up in the zone.
“I think today he was trying to pound the zone early on with the fastball,” Melvin said. “And he was. They were just hitting it.
“After what we saw last year and what we’ve seen at times this year, it’s puzzling when he gets hit because his stuff is so good. He’s just kind of been giving up a lot of hits.”
Posted: April 15, 2013 at 04:35 AM | 6 comment(s)
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