Jarrod Parker, Dwight Gooden. One and the same.
At least on one statistical note.
The Oakland A's right-hander is the only pitcher other than Gooden since 1918 to give up one or no runs in nine of his first 13 big-league starts.
"Wow, that's a nice stat," manager Bob Melvin said. "He's terrific. We traded a prominent All-Star who's under control and young (Trevor Cahill) for a guy like that. That's what we think of him."
Parker gave up one run and three hits in seven innings Wednesday in the Athletics' 2-1 win over the Mariners at Seattle. He struck out a career-high nine.
He was told of the historical perspective relating to Gooden and said, "I'm not going to put too much into it." But he added, "That's pretty cool."
Parker's aim is this: "I look at one (run) in three (innings). Cut the game in thirds. That's what I've been taught to do. If you give up one run in three (innings), you're doing pretty well. It simplifies it a little bit."
Parker has allowed one or no runs in his last seven starts and is 4-1 with a 1.76 ERA in that span. He has gone at least six innings in nine of his 12 starts this year.
He made one start, his big-league debut, last year for the Diamondbacks.