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A’s pick rookie Jarrod Parker to start Game 1 against Tigers

Oct 5, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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Fittingly for a team that has relied so heavily on rookie pitchers all season the A’s have picked the youngest starter on the staff, 23-year-old Jarrod Parker, to take the mound in Game 1 of the ALDS against Justin Verlander and the Tigers.

Parker, who was acquired from the Diamondbacks as part of the Trevor Cahill deal in December, threw 181 innings with a 3.47 ERA and 140/63 K/BB ratio while allowing just 11 homers.

Fellow rookie Tommy Milone will get the Game 2 start after the 25-year-old left-hander acquired from the Nationals in the Gio Gonzalez trade logged 190 innings with a 3.74 ERA and 137/36 K/BB ratio.

Oakland kicking off its first playoff series since 2006 by relying on a pair of rookie starters acquired in offseason trades for established starters sounds just about right.

  1. kkolchak - Oct 5, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    Congrats to Tommy Milone. We Nats fans were excited by his performance during his September callup last year. He isn’t Gio, but he’s a good one. :)

  2. stackers1 - Oct 5, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    Congrats to the whole A’s team for doing what they did this year. With Oakland and in Balitmore, their manager got it in the players minds that they could win. Just like with the 1969 Mets – “you gotta believe”.

  3. ninjasports - Oct 5, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    The young flame throwing arms for the A’s are clashing against a Tigers team built for the playoffs. Great series.

  4. cardsfanandi - Oct 5, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    If the Cardinals and the O’s go down tonight, I’ll be cheering for the A’s. Think of them as underdogs as far as experience goes, but sometimes the desire to win can upstage that. And I think most of those guys will be out to prove they’re more than the pushovers everyone assumes they are.

    However things go tonight for my Cards, it’s gonna be some exciting baseball in the next few weeks!

  5. APBA Guy - Oct 5, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    The Real Deal has shown a lot of poise this year, which he’ll need against Verlander. Since this is a longer series with 25 man rosters, expect Melvin to give the kid some innings if he gets off to a rocky start. Hopefully the A’s believe they can win. It all starts with belief.

  6. pantherpro - Oct 6, 2012 at 1:21 AM

    Nobody cares about you Oakland. Last in attendance and Giants bitch again!


    • franklb - Oct 6, 2012 at 3:43 AM

      Party like it’s 1989.

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