Brewers sound ready to finally pull the plug on Manny Parra

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Manny Parra’s raw stuff has always exceeded his actual performance and Adam McCalvy of MLB.com writes that the Brewers may finally have given up waiting for that to change.
Parra fell to 3-10 with a 5.65 ERA by allowing seven runs in six innings against the Padres yesterday and has yet to record an out in the seventh inning in 16 starts this season. He also had a 6.37 ERA in 27 starts last year and in fact has been horrendous since midway through his rookie season in 2008.
Parra was 25 years old then and went 9-2 with a 3.68 ERA in 108 innings through mid-July. Since then he’s 15-27 with a 5.99 ERA in 307 innings, allowing 382 hits and 156 walks during that time.
McCalvy suggests that Milwaukee “faces a very interesting decision with Parra this winter, when he is arbitration-eligible for the first time.” The arbitration process does mean Parra will be in line for a raise despite his horrible performance, but I’ll be shocked if he’s still property of the Brewers by then.

Dallas Keuchel to return to Astros’ rotation on Friday

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Astros manager A.J. Hinch told the media, including MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart, that starter Dallas Keuchel will come off of the disabled list and rejoin the rotation on Friday against the Tigers. Keuchel has missed nearly two months with a neck injury.

Prior to landing on the DL, Keuchel was 9-0 with a 1.67 ERA and a 69/18 K/BB ratio over 75 2/3 innings. He seemed to be on his way to potentially win another Cy Young Award.

Hinch also noted that Collin McHugh will start on Saturday and Lance McCullers will start on Sunday.

Video: Ketel Marte hits an inside-the-park home run

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Braves starter Aaron Blair had a nightmarish bottom of the third inning on Wednesday afternoon against the Diamondbacks. He had just given up a run on a Daniel Descalso triple hit to center field that center fielder Ender Inciarte read poorly. In the following at-bat, Ketel Marte laced a curve ball to right field. Sean Rodriguez wasn’t able to get to it in time, so the ball bounced off the fence and caromed back towards the stands along the right field line. By the time Rodriguez was able to retrieve the ball, Marte was already on his way home and scored standing up.

The inside-the-park homer will certainly provide a boost to Marte’s stats. He entered Wednesday’s action batting .196/.255/.370 in 51 plate appearances.