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Godfrey Sent Down, Carignan Called Back Up

May 27, 2012

Andrew Carignan is the player who is on the Sacramento shuttle this year burning up the miles on I-80 yet again as Graham Godfrey was demoted following yesterday’s pretty abysmal performance. On the year Godfrey now is the owner of some ugly statistics: a 6.43 ERA, the fact he has pitched about that well with a 6.38 FIP and 6.03 xFIP, a -0.3 WAR value, an 0-4 record in four starts, five total appearances with 21 total innings with pretty bad K/9 numbers (4.3 K/9), BB/9 numbers (4.3 BB/9) and HR/9 numbers (1.7 HR/9). He has been a mess. It wasn’t really a surprise he would be sent down, in fact I speculated his sudden return to the bullpen in yesterday’s game might portend such a move with possibly Brad Peacock making his not-quite long awaited A’s debut in the rotation, but actually – and it appears I missed this yesterday, that job will be going to Travis Blackley who will make his first MLB start since 2007 on Monday against the Twins.

As was remarked upon by the CSNCalifornia crew in last night’s game, Godfrey’s velocity is down this season. Last year his fastball was clocked at an average of 90.9 mph whereas this season it has checked in about 88.6 mph. More concerning perhaps is the drop witnessed this year alone, as his 2012 debut versus the Royals on April 10th featured a four-seamer that averaged 88.5 mph with a max of 90.5; his second start against the M’s in Seattle on April 15th saw the four-seamer averaging 89.0 and topping out at 92.0; his April 20th start against the Indians saw a four-seamer at a 88.7 average and 91.4 high; whereas upon his return from the minors we saw a drop to an average of 87.7, max of 90 on May 22nd against the Angels to last night’s relief appearance where it average just 87.1 mph and hit a max of a mere 88.8. Something seems to be up with him.

Coming back up is Carignan who certainly does not have an 88.8 mph fastball but one far greater than that. The flame throwing Carignan has struggled in his previous stops in Oakland this year owning 5.7 K/9 and a whopping 11.4 BB/9 for a 7.11 ERA and more kind 5.52 FIP in his six and a third innings on the hill. Since being last demoted he has pitched an extra two and a third innings at Sacramento against Albuquerque and Round Rock, allowing two earned runs, on three hits, fortunately walking no one and K’ing four. On the year with Sacramento he has 13 1/3 innings pitched, with 14.2 K/9 and just 0.7 BB/9 for a 2.70 ERA but a sparkling 0.27 FIP.

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