6/9/13: Brad Peacock Goes Back Down To AAA For Lefty Reliever Wade Le Blanc

Actually, Peacock had done decently since being recalled 10 days ago – only 3 appearances, which is hardly enough to keep a guy sharp. 2.1 IP, 1 hit, no walks, no runs on 5/30. Didn’t do as well 6/2 – threw 1.1 IP, gave up 2 walks, 2 H, 1 HR and 2 runs over 1.1 IP. Came in last night when it was obvious that it was one of Bedard’s Bad Days and threw 3.1 innings of 2 H, 1 W, 1 R ball.

Starters have been managing to pitch deeper into games these past few weeks, so long relievers haven’t been needed as much.

Leftys, however, are a different story, which is why the Astros picked up lefty starter Wade LeBlanc off waivers. Travis Blackley has been getting a workout, and Wesley is pretty strictly being used as a LOOGY.

Wade is coming over frm the Marlins, so he’ll be used to losing – except for his last game, he’s pitched only in losses this year. He looks like a 5th guy – had 7 starts before being put into the pen. He had one bad start, but except for that, he looked like a decent 5th guy who got minimal run support.
5 IP – 5 H, 2 BB, 5 K, 3 runs – 1 run of support
6 IP – 6 H, 1 BB, 5 K, 2 runs – left losing 2-0
4 IP – 7 H, 2 BB, 3 K, 2 runs – ND
6 IP – 8 H (2 HR) 1 BB, 2 K, 4 runs – 2 runs of support
5.2 IP – 8 H (1 HR) 0 BB, 4 K, 4 Runs – ND

5 IP – 4 H, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 4 R – no run support

Looks pretty good for a 5th guy – can’t imagine who they have that is a better pitcher for a 5th man.

In relief, 13.2 IP over 6 games since 5/14 – 16 H, 4 R/ER, 0 HR, 3 BB, 6 K – not bad. He’s obviously not a high K guy, but as long as you have good infield defense, which he didn’t exactly have in FLorida, he should be decent.

He started with the Padres, was their second rounder in 06, has never had a full year in the majors, which means he won’t be arb eligible until next year, which should make the cheapos happy. He was a starter with the Pads, started 52, relieved in 2, has a 81 ERA+ over 293.1 IP and a 1.42 WHIP. He gave up 1.4 HR/9 (!!!!) 3.5 BB/9 and 6.3 K/9. Not great numbers.

Was traded to Miami last year for catcher John Baker (remember they signed John Buck to this expensive contract, then dumped him after the year to go back to losing and cheap).

Had a decent year as spot starter and long reliever – 9 GS, 14 in relief, 3.67 ERA (107 ERA+)  9.3 H/9, 2.5 BB/9, 5.6 K/9, 1.31 WHIP.

This year, his numbers look the same except for an increase in H/9 to 11.7, which increased his WHIP significantly.

I was gonna compare him to Travis Blackley, but it looks as if Travis this year has pretty strictly been used as a LOOGY/short relief, as he has 21.1 IP over 22 games. Travis’ problem is that he has given up too many homers and walks – 2.4/9 IP and 6.3/9 IP, which are much worse numbers than he posted as a starter past year. Funny that he hasn’t been used in long relief, but Bedard is the only one who has been used in that role at all this year.

Peacock is going into the rotation at AAA – Jarred Cosart and  Asher Wojciechowski are the only starting pitchers there who aren’t stinking the place up.

 

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6 Responses to “6/9/13: Brad Peacock Goes Back Down To AAA For Lefty Reliever Wade Le Blanc”

  1. Bruce says:

    Eric Young Jr. DFA’d by the Rockies.

  2. Bruce says:

    James Darnell DFA’d by Padres. Couple guys who can hit.

  3. Bruce says:

    Harrell gets support and they hang on for a win!

  4. Eric says:

    Astros putting on quite the Jekyll and Hyde performance. 7 wins out of 8, then lose 6 straight. Then they win four straight.

    The Sacred All Time Losing Record is safe this season. 28-44 is sorta respectable for a losing team, actually. They’d need to to win only 13 or 14 more games NOT to reach that record.

    Pitching staff has been very very good over that stretch. In 17 of the last 27 games, the Astros have given up 4 runs or less.

    There might just be light at the end of the tunnel after all.

    Jeff Loria’s Marlins is unquestionably the worst team in all of MLB right now.

  5. Lisa Gray says:

    marlins are awful, not that loria cares – and the attendance in miami looks like the attendance here – meaning almost none. i know they count tix sold and not butts in seats, but the astros have very very few butts in the seats. and the owners just don’t care, which is too bad.

    at least mclane actually cared – well, until hurricane ike, that is.

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