Tyson Ross Up For Tampa Bay Start
Tyson Ross has been recalled by the A’s to fill the spot in the rotation vacated by Bartolo Colon care of his 50 game PED suspension. Ross has been in Oakland and has been terrible when up pitching to a 6.35 ERA and not much more confidence inspiring 5.12 FIP in his 62 1/3 innings of work. Ross, who has appeared in 12 games, all starts, has posted middling peripherals as well with 5.1 K/9, 4.3 BB/9 and 1.0 HR/9. He has been hit hard with a .344 BABIP as he has left hittable pitches all over the strike zone and hitters have simply hit them.
That said, the A’s had no other alternatives on their 40-man roster. After dispatching Graham Godfrey and Anthony Recker by DFA’ing them (of course there is a chance they remain with the organization) the A’s were unlikely to take another pitcher not on the 40-man and add him. On the MLB squad already, Travis Blackley threw five and two-thirds innings of relief against Minnesota Monday rendering him unavailable. Brad Peacock pitched recently for Sacramento and was unavailable. Dan Straily could not be recalled from Triple-A having been sent down a day earlier, so Ross it is.
At Sacramento, Ross has pitched better sporting a 2.74 ERA and 3.48 FIP in 75 2/3 innings across 13 starts, with 7.4 K/9, 3.3 BB/9 and 0.5 HR/9 to his credit. I anticipate Ross will make this one start then be jettisoned in favor of another pitcher, probably Blackley in the rotation and then perhaps Straily once he is eligible again. Tonight he will face a Rays lineup that ate him alive earlier this year when on May 4th they tagged him for seven earned runs on nine hits (including a home run) in three and a third innings while walking and striking out two. Can’t say I am pleased to see Ross back, but also can fairly say the A’s seemed to have not had much of a choice here.