Not only did the Oakland Athletics make the right decision to recall starting pitcher Dan Straily from Triple-A to make a start on the Fourth of July, but manager Bob Melvin certainly was smart to state the 24-year-old will remain in the rotation.
“I don’t think anything’s promised to anybody in this game, but certainly this is a guy who we target to be that guy,” Melvin said, according to Athletics.com. “He’s had some success up here and we look forward to continued success.”
Straily was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento at the end of June but was given the opportunity to start Thursday after Jarrod Parker’s hamstring continued to act up. It was a roster move that panned out very well considering Straily allowed just one hit and struck out six batters in seven innings to record his fifth win of the season. The outstanding performance allowed Oakland to take the three-game series from the Chicago Cubs. It also proved that Straily deserves to stick around the majors for a while.
It is not as if Straily has struggled mightily on the mound this season. It is more of the fact that his 5.00 earned run average at the time he was sent down was not ideal for a starting pitcher on a team that is trying to hold on to first place in the American League West division.
With the second year player posting a 5-2 record and 59 strikeouts in 73 2/3 innings in 2013, there is a good chance the Athletics will give him a little bit more room to breathe over his next couple starts.