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Do the Oakland Athletics Have Enough Pitching?

The Oakland Athletics got off to a very strong start, and on August 9 they had a four game lead on the Anaheim Angels. Their 72-44 record was the best in baseball, and after acquiring Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Chicago Cubs, they had recently traded for ace pitcher Jon Lester from the Boston Red Sox. From that point, the A’s have a woeful 11-22 record. While...
Via Baseball News Source
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s: Who is the real Brandon Moss?

Just as he was a key contributor in the Oakland A’s early season success, slugger Brandon Moss has been a major factor in their late season collapse.  Regardless of whether the A’s are able to hold on and make the playoffs, a major question for the team to address going forward is; who is the real Brandon Moss? The power trio of Moss, Josh Donaldson and the long since departed...
Via isportsweb.com
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Jon Lester Wins AL Player Of The Week Honors

(FenwayNation Photo)Why can't we get players like that? Jon Lester—he of the Oakland A's—won the American League Player Of The Week for the period ending on Sunday, September 14th. In two starts over that span, the former (and possibly) future Red Sox ace went 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA. In 14 innings pitched last week, the big lefty struck out 15 batters. He is almost single...
Via FenwayNation
1 day ago  |  Discuss

A's adjust rotation, line up Gray for season finale

The A’s have adjusted their rotation coming out of their final day off of the season Monday. Scott Kazmir, Jeff Samardzija and Sonny Gray will pitch Tuesday-Thursday in a three-game home series against the Texas Rangers. That flip-flops Kazmir and Samardzija in the rotation, as Samardzija had been pitching in front of Kazmir. It also pushes Jason Hammel back in the rotation and...
Via Pro Sports Daily
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Sunday, September 14th: Nate Long & Dusty Coleman Star as Midland Tops Tulsa to Claim Texas League Title

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Nate Long (5 2/3 IP / 6 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 5 K / Win)   TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A) Texas League Championship Series – Game #5 Tulsa Drillers                  0 Midland RockHounds  5 WP – Long 2-0 / 0.66 HR – Coleman (1), Crumbliss (1) After tying the series at two games apiece on Saturday, Midland shut out Tulsa...
Via Athletics Farm
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The Oakland A’s most hindering player injuries

The Oakland A’s have been riddled with injuries for some time now. It seems as though just as someone gets better, another Athletic incurs a multi-day injury. For a team who likes have a deep bench in order to mix and match their players, it has become harder and harder for them to customize lineups as players fall to concussions, strained hamstrings, and back spasms. But which...
Via isportsweb.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Moss, Fuld slug A's past Mariners, increase AL wild-card lead

  Sam Fuld and Brandon Moss hit solo home runs, Jon Lester combined with three relievers on a seven-hitter and the Oakland Athletics beat the Seattle Mariners 4-0 on Sunday afternoon. Oakland won consecutive games for the first time in three weeks and more importantly stretched its lead in the AL wild card race. The A's now hold a 1 1/2 game advantage over Kansas City and a...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Athletics Injury Update: Geovany Soto exits with back spasms

Oakland Athletics catcher Geovany Soto exited the A's Friday 4-2 loss to the Seattle Mariners in the third inning with back spasms, reports Jane Lee of MLB.com. Derek Norris moved from DH to catcher, meaning that A's pitcher Jason Hammel batted for himself in the 4th inning, reaching base on an error. The loss left the A's only ½ game ahead of Seattle and Kansas...
Via Sports Injury Alert
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics Collapse as Team stops Playing ‘Moneyball’

By Anthony Weber The Oakland Athletics were in control of the American League West for much of the season, as the team was well on their way to having the league’s best overall record.  Then the Athletics General Manager, Billy Beane decided to play the Yankee way instead of the Moneyball way. As of July 5th, the Athletics had an MLB best 54-33 record, several days later the Athletics...
Via Beyond The Spread
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Athletics Injury Update: John Jaso, Craig Gentry, Sean Doolittle, Stephen Vogt

The Oakland Athletics lost 1-0 on Thursday to Chris Sale and the Chicago White Sox, falling to 9.5 games back of the red-hot Los Angeles Angeles, and giving A's only a one game lead for the AL Wild Card. Some of the injuries that have plagued the team are updated below.Catcher John Jaso (.264/.337/.430, OPS+ 117 with nine homers and 40 RBI in 99 games) has been on the concussion...
Via Sports Injury Alert
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s: Could the A’s beat the Detroit Tigers in the Wild Card game?

The Oakland A’s spectacular first half of the season has been followed by a miserable second half. They are now 9.5 games behind the Los Angeles Angels. But, they still hold the the Wild Card lead and now are one game up on the Detroit Tigers. With only 17 games left in the regular season, it has become a reality that the Athletics will most likely be playing in the Wild Card...
Via isportsweb.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Athletics Injury Update: Craig Gentry exits with concussion

Craig Gentry suffered yet another injury on Tuesday night when he was involved in a collision on the basepaths that left him with a concussion. Daniel Kramer of MLB.com reports that the Oakland Athletics center fielder crashed head-first into the shoulder of Chicago White Sox second baseman Carlos Sanchez as he raced to cover first base and field a throw from pitcher John Danks...
Via MLB Injury News
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Ex-teammates hook up Adam Dunn with cool gift

As Oakland Athletics DH Adam Dunn enters the final month of his career (and potential first playoff appearance, although that is getting more cloudy by the day), his impact on the game and teammates is beginning to be apparent.  Known for an easy-going style (and mashing the ball), he was popular with teammates and fans alike.  Two former teammates of the Chicago White Sox took...
Via Reading Between The Seams
7 days ago  |  Discuss

What is wrong with Sonny Gray?

We could go on for days in order to determine just what is wrong with the Oakland Athletics (hint: it has nothing to do with Yoenis Cespedes). They’re freefalling through the ranks of the American League and now will be lucky to grab a wild card, with a division title that looked like a lock just a couple of months ago now almost completely out of the question. In the midst of...
Via The Outside Corner
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Adam Dunn weirdly consistent, hits HR in first game with A's

Adam Dunn is a peculiar beast…and I mean that in the most positive of ways. The 34-year-old slugger was dealt Sunday by the Chicago White Sox to the Oakland A’s and, because people like a story, all the talk became about how he would end his streak of 1977 games (and counting) without a playoff appearance. What’s missing is Dunn’s consistency. And, no, I’m not talking about...
Via Hall of Very Good
15 days ago  |  Discuss
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