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Miller Placed on Paternity List

July 13, 2012

Pedro Figueroa is riding the Sacramento shuttle again and will be back with Oakland in Minneapolis. It turns out righty-reliever Jim Miller is about to become a father and he is being placed on the paternity list. Miller has pitched 25 1/3 innings for Oakland this season, with an impressive 7.8 K/9 and a very less than impressive 5.3 BB/9 to go with his 0.7 HR/9. Miller has however been the beneficiary of a strong .265 BABIP and fortunate 93.4% strand rate which explains the wide disparity between his 1.78 ERA and his 4.25 FIP. On the season he has been worth 0.0 WAR for Oakland. For a weekend series in Minnesota, this won’t do much to change the calculus.

Figueroa too has been amazing as far as ERA is concerned (1.50), but less than stellar when you look underneath the hood (5.56 FIP) in his 12 innings of professional baseball all the year with Oakland. Figueroa had managed 3.8 K/9 to 6.8 BB/9 and 0.8 HR/9 having even crazier beneficial numbers as far as ERA is concerned with a .194 BABIP and 95.9% strand rate. Figueroa has been worth -0.1 WAR on the year and how he continues to get call ups is sort of beyond me. In Sacramento on the year he has thrown 27 innings of 1.67 ERA, 2.42 FIP baseball with 9.0 K/9, 3.3 BB/9 and no home runs allowed.

These pitchers are an absolute wash. The A’s won’t do better care of this move or do worse care of Miller’s absence. I’m not even entirely sure Miller is the better player and should even be the one left on the roster come time to reinstate him.

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