Link-O-Rama: Parra’s collapse, Contreras’ revival
* Milwaukee dumping Manny Parra from the rotation yesterday was a long time coming. Not only has he been awful recently, going 0-4 with a 13.50 ERA over his last five starts, Parra is 5-14 with a 6.41 ERA since last season’s All-Star break. Prior to that he was 8-2 with a 3.78 ERA, so the collapse has been pretty shocking.
* On the other hand, Jose Contreras has thrown 16 straight scoreless innings since returning from Triple-A after starting the season 0-5 with an 8.19 ERA.
* Much like with Brandon Wood, it sounds as though manager Mike Scioscia has no plans to make call-up Sean Rodriguez a regular in the Angels’ lineup. Rodriguez has hit .290/.377/.637 with 42 homers over 124 games in the admittedly hitter-friendly environment at Triple-A, whereas Maicer Izturis is a career .273/.338/.377 hitter in the majors.
* Rodriguez was called up because the Angels sent Howie Kendrick back to Triple-A after he hit just .231 through 51 games this year. Kendrick came into the season as a career .306 hitter in 252 games through the age of 24. Here’s a list of all the second basemen in baseball history who hit for a higher batting average than Kendrick through the age of 24: Eddie Collins, Robinson Cano, Dustin Pedroia, Rod Carew.
* Eric Chavez’s season is over and his career is seemingly in serious jeopardy following news that he needs a second back surgery to go along with his three shoulder operations. As manager Bob Geren put it: “This is his best chance to play again.”
* Joe Morgan’s mind is playing tricks on him.