The Milwaukee Brewers were on the short end of a rain-marred 11-4 decision Tuesday night in Philadelphia.  It was the Brewers 7th consecutive loss at Citizen’s Bank Park, leaving them with a dismal 5-16 overall record at the home of Chase Utley’s ‘World F—ing Champions’. 

In last night’s game, Ryan Braun staked the Brewers to a quick lead with a solo home run but starting pitcher Manny Parra gave it back and then some in the bottom of the inning.  Parra allowed the Phillies lineup to bat around in their half of the first, issuing two walks and permitting 6 consecutive batters to reach base resulting in four runs.  With the Brewer offense struggling to score runs at the moment along with their difficult history in Philly,  Parra’s ineffectiveness put the team in an insurmountable hole.  Parra went on to give up a home run to Phillies third baseman Pedro Feliz before being pulled for a pinch hitter in the fifth inning and Milwaukee’s bullpen completed the torch job after his exit.

Parra dropped his third decision on the season and his performance continued a disturbing trend dating back to last season.  Through July 20 of the 2008 season, Parra had a 9-2 record with a 3.68 ERA.  Since that time, however, he has lost 9 of 10 decisions while compiling a 6.19 ERA. 

At this point, it’s open to question whether Parra can be the pitcher the Brewers are counting on him to be.  He seems to suffer from a lack of concentration at times that affects his control.  True, Parra is only in his second season in the majors and it’s too soon to give up on him.  But, at 26 years old, he’s no longer a neophyte and he will soon need to develop some consistency in order to realize his potential.


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  • Chris

    I think the case of Dave Bush is worth noting here. Early last year Bush was so bad he got sent back to the minors…and he was even older and more experienced than Parra. But then, somehow, Bush got untracked about a third of the way through 2008 and he has continued forward.

    I think many pitchers take a while to get on track. The ones that don’t are the elite guys, but most pitchers aren’t in that strata — most are guys like Dave Bush and Manny Parra.

    Manny might need to check out The Hemitage, The Grand Ol’ Opry and 16th Avenue again before he is truly ready to trust his stuff and stop nibbling. I hope it doesn’t come to that, but I think he does have an option left.

    • http://mike Mike

      You may be, and probably are, correct about Parra. But for the Brewers to get where they want to be this season, they need him to be better than Bush.

  • Chris

    Better than Bush? That’s a tall order as I think Bush is their second best pitcher. I think his outing in PHL showed how good he can be, and he’s been that good since last June.

    • http://mike Mike

      Naturally, as soon as I make that comparison Bush goes out and no-hits for 7+.

      Certainly Bush has been on a good role and I hope it continues. If he keeps it up for an entire season I will change my view of him. At this point, though, I still see him along the lines of a Doug Davis; a good pitcher who will keep them in most games. But I still don’t believe his “stuff” will allow him to become a dominating pitcher in the mold of Sabathia or (when healthy) Sheets. I think Gallardo has that potential and I think they need Parra to approach that level if they expect to return to the playoffs.

  • Chris

    It would be awesome if Bush was as good as Doug Davis, who was outstanding (if not “dominating”) in 2004-2005, a period in which he ranked 12 in MLB ERA among pitchers who threw at least 400 innings. I would take that in a minute, as those are top of the rotation stats. In fact, if he is that good I don’t think they need Parra to be on par.