The run total is solid and he is already over halfway toward setting a career high in stolen bases. Clearly, if you need some help in the stolen-base category, Gerardo Parra is a solid option to own.
The masses don’t necessarily agree, as he is owned in about 60.0 percent of ESPN and 35.0 percent of Yahoo! leagues.
I understand his average is not desirable, but he is a a .281 lifetime hitter that is coming off a .292 season. Plus, his .296 BABIP is significantly down from the .342 mark he registered last year and the .335 career mark he boasts. He has been a bit unlucky and numbers in baseball tend to average out.
One option would be to stream Parra when he faces right-handed pitching. So far this year he’s hitting .288 with a .808 OPS against righties and a mere .150 with a pathetic .293 OPS against lefties. Those numbers simply aren’t cutting it.
He was much better last year hitting .277 with a .790 OPS against southpaws (.296, .782 against righties). In 2010, he was .283, .700 against lefties and .257, .674 against righties. While he has struggled mightily against left-handed pitching, his past success does provide some hope for improvement.
In any case, I would still hesitate to use him against lefties until he starts trending in the right direction. Against right-handed pitching, Parra should give you an immediate boost in runs and stolen bases, as well as an eventual average boost.
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