Petit, who fired a scoreless two-thirds of an inning during which he allowed a hit and two walks during a loss to the Astros in the second game of a doubleheader Tuesday, has a 2.16 ERA and seven holds across the 16.2 innings covering his 20 appearances.
Petit was a highly valuable middle- to-later-inning relief option for manager Bob Melvin in 2019 while making a career-high 80 appearances, and he's mostly picked up where he left off in 2020. The right-hander now has scoreless efforts in nine of his last 10 appearances, and his current 11.7 percent swinging strike rate is the second highest of his career. While the disparity between Petit's 4.84 FIP and aforementioned ERA is significant, the savvy veteran has mostly been able to navigate out of trouble thus far as evidenced by his career-best 101.2 percent strand rate.
Petit fired a scoreless inning during which he allowed one hit in a loss to the Angels on Saturday, his fifth straight scoreless appearance.
The veteran right-hander has only a pair of strikeouts in the 3.2 innings covering that span, but he's also issued just one walk and is delivering his trademark brand of effective middle relief when called upon. The current stretch began after Petit suffered his first loss of the season against the Angels on Aug. 10, a game in which he surrendered what would turn out to be a game-winning home run to Mike Trout. Petit's fantasy value is most prevalent in formats that count holds, as he now has six on the campaign after garnering a career-high 29 in 2019.
Petit (1-1) was tagged with the loss Monday against the Angels. He gave up one run on one hit with no walks or strikeouts in one inning.
Petit surrendered a solo shot to Mike Trout in the bottom of the eighth, and that would put the game away for good for the Angels. Petit, who already has four holds this season, has given up runs in three of his last five appearances but still sports a decent 3.38 ERA in 10 outings (eight innings) this year.
Petit (1-0) pitched a perfect fifth inning with one strikeout to earn the win Sunday versus the Angels.
Athletics starter Mike Fiers made it through only four innings, allowing Petit to become the pitcher of record with his fifth-inning appearance. The 35-year-old Petit is likely to remain in middle relief for much of 2020, but he could be valuable in deeper fantasy formats if he can maintain stable ratios and decent strikeout counts.
In anticipation of a heavy workload, Petit is preparing for the upcoming season in the same manner he did during his days as a starter, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports. "I run every day and run the stairs, working like how I used to do before starts," Petit said before Saturday's workout at the Coliseum. "I have to be ready for two or three innings, so I'm working like a starter, keeping my arm in shape by playing catch every day and long toss."
The veteran right-hander has logged 59 starts in a major-league career that dates back to 2006, and with manager Bob Melvin encouraging all his relievers to adopt a starting pitcher's mentality heading into the truncated season, Petit is drawing on his past experience. The 35-year-old is one of the most prepared of the Athletics' relievers to log a multitude of multi-inning outings while members of the rotation build their arms up considering he made an AL-high 80 appearances last season and has pitched between 83 and 93 innings during each of the last three campaigns.
Petit is a candidate to assume primary right-handed setup duties this season, John Hickey of SI.com reports.
Lou Trivino, who recorded 18 holds but also blew five save chances during a 2019 season in which he posted a 5.25 ERA, would be the preferred bridge to closer Liam Hendriks. However, a 9.00 ERA this spring across six innings didn't lend any credence to the notion Trivino's figured out his issues, so Hickey notes the Athletics could well be on the hunt for another right-handed eighth-inning option to start the 2020 campaign. Petit, who's generated a 12-6 record, 2.86 ERA and 45 holds across his first two seasons in Oakland, is one prime candidate. Petit handled an AL-high 80 appearances last season and also logged three scoreless Cactus League outings before spring training was suspended.
Petit has fired three scoreless innings across three Cactus League appearances.
The veteran long reliever enjoyed the best season of his long career in 2019, posting a 5-3 record, 29 holds, a 2.71 ERA and a sparkling 0.81 WHIP across 83 innings over 80 appearances. Petit projects for another heavy workload out of the bullpen in 2020, making him a strong consideration in formats that take holds into account.
Petit's club option for 2020 was exercised by the Athletics on Thursday.
Petit led the American League with 80 appearances last season, and he recorded a career-best 2.71 ERA with a 71:10 K:BB over 83 innings.
Petit, who fired 1.2 perfect innings during which he recorded two strikeouts in a loss to the Royals on Monday, has allowed just one earned run across the 4.2 innings he's logged over four appearances since returning from a brief personal leave.
Petit spent a few days away from the team after the death of his father, but he hasn't missed a beat since his return. The right-hander has a pair of strikeouts apiece in each of his four outings since returning and sports career bests in holds (28), ERA (2.77) and WHIP (0.81) over 78 innings in 2019.
Petit (personal) is back with the Athletics, Shayna Rubin of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Petit had been away from the team for a few days due to the death of his father. Travel issues prevented him from returning to Venezuela, though, so he'll rejoin the team and will be available out of the bullpen going forward.
Petit (personal) will be traveling to his native Venezuela due to the death of his father and doesn't presently have a firm timetable for a return to the team, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
The veteran reliever was still in the Bay Area as of Friday due to some travel issues, likely adding to the amount of time he'll be away from the team. Petit has been one of the most reliable and versatile bullpen options for manager Bob Melvin, but he won't be at the Athletics' skipper's disposal for at least the next several days.
Petit likely won't be available until Monday's series opener against Houston due to personal reasons, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Petit returned to his home in Venezuela to tend to a personal matter and isn't expected to rejoin the Athletics until Monday in Houston. The right-hander, who leads the league in appearances with 71, owns a sharp 2.82 ERA and 0.82 WHIP through 73.1 innings this season.
Petit (5-3) was credited with the victory in a win over the Angels on Tuesday, firing 1.1 scoreless frames during which he allowed no hits or walks while recording a strikeout.
Petit took over for Ryan Buchter with two outs in the sixth inning and served as a bridge to Joakim Soria in the eighth. The veteran reliever is riding a five-appearance scoreless streak, whittling his ERA back down to 2.84 during that stretch while generating a 6:0 K:BB across 7.1 frames.
Petit (4-3) fired 1.1 perfect innings to notch a win over the Royals on Thursday, recording a strikeout.
A meager nine pitches was all Petit needed to record four outs, giving him back-to-back perfect appearances after a pair of stumbles earlier in the month. Petit has offered fantasy managers solid contributions in August despite a 5.06 ERA, as he's notched seven holds in addition to Thursday's win.
Petit was credited with his 25th hold in a win over the Royals on Tuesday, firing 1.2 perfect innings during which he recorded a strikeout.
Petit was razor sharp following a pair of difficult appearances, needing a scant 17 pitches to record five outs. The normally reliable 34-year-old had allowed a combined five earned runs over his last pair of trips to the mound, failing to record an out altogether in his most recent one against the Giants last Saturday. Despite those hiccups, Petit continues to sport a career-low 0.88 WHIP and also boasts the third-best ERA (3.07) of his big-league tenure.
Petit (3-3) didn't record an out Saturday, allowing three runs on three hits and taking the loss versus the Giants.
Petit entered with one out in the eighth inning and allowed three straight singles before A.J. Puk relieved him. Both of the runners Petit put on base came around to score as the Giants rallied for eight runs in the inning. The sloppy appearance balloons the right-hander's ERA to 3.15. He's now given up five runs over his last two appearances.
Petit (3-2) was credited with the win in an extra-innings victory over the Astros on Tuesday, firing two perfect innings during which he recorded two strikeouts.
Petit had uncharacteristically allowed an earned run apiece in each of his last two trips to the mound prior to Tuesday, only the second time he'd been touched up in back-to-back outings all season. However, he was masterful over his pair of frames against the Astros, needing only 22 pitches to record his six outs. The veteran right-hander lowered his ERA back to 2.59 in the process, and both that figure and his 0.83 WHIP remain career bests.
Petit, who retired the only batter he faced in a win over the White Sox on Friday, has turned in scoreless efforts in 11 of his last 13 appearances.
The right-handed reliever has only allowed a pair of earned runs since June 15 while also notching a win and recording seven holds during that 13-inning span. Petit also continues to demonstrate career-best control, with the 16:1 K:BB he boasts over the aforementioned stretch serving as the latest evidence of such.
Petit (2-1) earned the win over the Rays on Saturday, striking out all four batters he faced over 1.1 perfect innings.
Petit's final line speaks to how locked in the veteran was, and his modest pitch count of 18 offerings also corroborates his efficiency. Petit has been one of manager Bob Melvin's most trusted bullpen options all season, as he's forged a 2-1 record, nine holds, a 2.79 ERA and an 0.88 WHIP. The latter figure notably represents a career best, while his ERA is the second lowest of his 11-plus seasons in the majors.
Petit owns a 0-1 record, three holds, a 1.88 ERA and a 0.71 WHIP across 24 innings thus far this season.
The veteran reliever has been one of manager Bob Melvin's most trusted and versatile bullpen assets, logging scoreless efforts in 17 of 21 appearances. Moreover, seven of his outings have been over an inning in length, including each of his last three. While there's virtually no chance for Petit to see any save chances, he should continue logging occasional hold opportunities.
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