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Parker has been largely bad in 2013.
I don't think anyone who follows or covers the A's could have possibly projected this stat line for Jarrod Parker as April was ending:
0-4, 8.10 ERA, 2.143 WHIP, 14/13 strikeout-to-walk ratio
In short, Parker has been awful. There is no way to sugarcoat that. What I thought was just Parker getting work in during spring training has carried well into the season. Outside of an April 20 start against the Tampa Bay Rays, Parker has failed to go more than 5.1 innings in a start. Too many hits and walks have equated to baserunners that have ultimately scored.
What has been even more disconcerting is Parker's propensity to give up the long ball. In 2012, he surrendered just 11 home runs in 181.1 innings. So far in 2013, he has already allowed four in 23.1 total innings.
The biggest issue has been Parker's erratic control of his fastball. If he can't locate the fastball, his best pitch, a devastating changeup is not nearly as effective. Going forward, it might be a good idea to allow him a start or two at Triple-A to sort out his mechanics.
But for the A's to get back to winning, they need production out of Parker and Anderson, who has also struggled.