Jarrod Parker took a no-hitter into the eighth inning Monday night against the Rangers, eventually losing it on a Michael Young single with six outs to go, but manager Bob Melvin revealed that the A’s rookie wouldn’t have been allowed to complete the no-hitter anyway.
Parker, who came back from Tommy John elbow surgery last season and is just 23 years old, finished the eighth inning with 111 pitches. That’s just two short of his career-high and likely would have meant throwing at least 120-130 pitches to complete the no-hitter, which Melvin wasn’t going to allow.
Or as Melvin put it:
That was the most miserable couple of innings that you could ever imagine … So I’m not rooting for a hit, but it certainly didn’t break my heart when Michael Young got that hit, because this kid’s too important to us. It was difficult to watch.
I’m sure White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper thinks Melvin is silly, but for whatever it’s worth opposing manager Ron Washington agreed with Melvin’s stance, telling Jane Lee of MLB.com: “My mind was in the same place.”
Parker ended up exiting after eight innings of shutout, one-hit ball and now has a 2.40 ERA through eight starts, including two or fewer runs allowed in all but one outing.
Free agent left-hander Wade Miley is among several offseason targets for the Twins, according to a report from Darren Wolfson of KSTP. Miley’s $12 million option was declined by the Orioles back in November, and while he’s expected to attract another major league deal in 2018, he hasn’t exactly been highly sought after this offseason.
The 31-year-old lefty finished his second campaign with the Orioles in 2017, producing an 8-15 record in 32 starts and ranking second-to-last among all AL starters with a 5.61 ERA, 5.3 BB/9 and 8.1 SO/9 in 157 1/3 innings. Even taking Miley’s undeniable durability into account — he remained healthy for the bulk of the season and completed his sixth straight year with 30+ starts — his declining value and career-worst numbers may lower his price tag as the 2018 season approaches.
Wolfson notes that the Twins have engaged in “regular dialogue” with Miley’s agent this winter, but he’s far from the only starting pitcher they have their eye on. Right-handers Yu Darvish, Lance Lynn, Alex Cobb and Chris Tillman are still on their radar, among several others, and club owner Jim Pohlad said Saturday that he was “totally on board” with the idea of signing a big-name free agent like Darvish or another available starter. “There are some interesting names and some interesting opportunities there,” Pohlad told a crowd at TwinsFest. “I’m as intrigued by it as anybody and attracted to it as anybody.”