Angels vs. A's stat pack


Angels vs. A's stat pack

The Angels and A's meet for their 4th series of the year but for the first time since May 21-23.

AngelsAthleticsSeason Series

LAA OAK Wins 4 5 AVG .244 .171 RGM 2.7 2.6 HR 4 5 Steals 4 10 Starter's ERA 2.17 3.07 Bullpen ERA 3.20 1.42
A'sAngels Record Comparison

OAK LAA Thru June 30 37-42 43-35 Since 21-8 15-16 Josh ReddickThis Season

AVG HR Overall .261 24 Bases Empty .323 17 Runners on .175 7 Scoring Position .158 4 Bases Loaded 0-5 0
Jarrod ParkerTotal Innings Pitched by Year
2008 117.2 2009 97.1 2010 T.J. Surgery 2011 136.2 2012 130.2 Jarrod ParkerSeason Breakdown

First 13 Starts Last 5 Starts Record 5-3 2-2 ERA 2.46 6.07 Opp Avg .209 .305 HR 3 3 Quality Starts 10 2
Los Angeles Angels
Before Trout joined team: 6-14 Record
Since Trout joined team: 52-37 Record
Since May 1st

Albert Pujols Mike Trout Games 84 83 Average .309 .354 HR 24 19 Doubles 23 20 RBI 72 58 Runs 54 86 OPS .974 1.025 Leads Majors

Mike Trout

A.L. Rank .346 Avg 1st 86 Runs 1st 33 Steals 1st 1.004 OPS 2nd .597 Slug 2nd .407 OB 4th
Mike Trout has scored 86 runs in 86 games this season. This is the longest into a season a player has carried a run-per-game pace since 2000 ( Jim Edmonds 104 runs thru 104 gms, Alex Rodriguez 103 runs thru 103 gms & Todd Helton 90 runs thru 90 gms).

The last rookie to carry a run-per-game pace this deep into a season was Joe DiMaggio in 1936 (thru 109 games)

Only 1 player since 1940 has played 100 games in a season and had as many runs as games played: Rickey Henderson in 1985 (146 runs in 143 games)

Mike Trout will turn 21years old on Tuesday.

Highest Batting Avg by player in age 20-season (turned 21 after July 1st)

AVG Date turn 21 Alex Rodriguez 1996 .358 July 27 Ty Cobb 1907 .350 Dec 18 Mike Trout 2012 .346 Aug 7 Al Kaline 1955 .340 Dec 19 Won Batting Title
In the modern era (since 1900) only 2 rookies have won the batting title:
Tony Oliva MIN 1964 .323 Ichiro Suzuki SEA 2001 .350
Albert Pujols7-Game Hitting Streak
.424 Average
14 for 33
6 Home Runs
5 Doubles
13 RBI
Leads Majors with 10 HR since All-Star Break
Jered Weaver

A.L. Ranks 14 Wins t-1st .933 Win Pct 1st 2.29 ERA 1st 0.95 WHIP 1st .202 Opp Avg 2nd 6.9 Run Support 2nd
Jered WeaverLast 8 Starts
Record 8-0 ERA 1.87 opp Avg .211 Walks 12 Strikeouts 35 Angels HistoryMost Consecutive Starts with a Win
Chuck Finley 1997 10 Nolan Ryan 1973-74 8 Jered Weaver 2012 8
Jered WeaverLast 2 Seasons vs Athletics
Starts 7 Record 4-1 ERA 1.20 Shutouts 1 Opp Avg .211 in 2010: 0-3, 5.40 ERA in 4 Starts
The Angels bullpen has been a mess since the All-Star Break:
23 Games
2-6 Record
6.02 ERA
5 Saves
6 Blown Saves
64.1 Innings
1.51 WHIP
13 Home Runs

New Cardinals OF Marcell Ozuna takes jab at A's during media event


New Cardinals OF Marcell Ozuna takes jab at A's during media event

While expressing his happiness to be with his new team, Cardinals outfielder Marcell Ozuna took a swipe at the A’s during a media function in St. Louis on Sunday.

Ozuna’s name, you’ll remember, swirled in trade rumors earlier this offseason that he might be dealt from the Miami Marlins to Oakland. Instead, the two-time All-Star was traded to St. Louis, making him one of several big-name players Miami has shipped off as it looks to slash payroll.

While attending the Cardinals’ Winter Warm-Up event to preview this season, Ozuna was asked what it was like being dealt to a team that’s more focused on winning right away as opposed to the rebuilding Marlins.

“I feel happy about that,” Ozuna responded. “First thing when I heard they were trying to trade me to the Oakland A’s, I say … (long pause) Well, I say ‘God, please leave me over here.’ Then I heard they trade me to the Cardinals, I say ‘OK, thanks.’”


Well, it’s not the first time such an insult has been hurled the A’s way, whether directly or indirectly. Last winter, it came out that Matt Holliday — who spent part of 2009 with Oakland — had a no-trade clause included in his contract with the Yankees that prohibited him from being traded only to the A’s.

Is it surprising to hear Ozuna volunteer his thoughts about the A’s in a public forum? Perhaps.

Is it a shock that he’d feel that way in the first place? Definitely not.

It’s no secret the A’s reputation is one of a team that’s always looking to trade its best veteran players rather than spend the money to sign them long term. It’s also common knowledge that they play in an outdated ballpark that’s considered the worst in the majors.

No question, those are the dominant thoughts of players on the other 29 teams when they think of the A’s. And there’s no quick fix to that. National perception is tough to alter.

“Why doesn’t ownership just start spending more money on payroll?” you might ask. “That’s the best way to change perception.”

No arguments there, but we know from the past that isn’t going to happen. Clearly, majority owner John Fisher isn’t going to spend more freely on payroll — especially with the A’s being cut off from MLB’s revenue sharing system — unless he sees the potential for other forms of revenue to stream in.

It all points back to the critical need for the A’s to identify a ballpark site and begin construction on a new home. That will send a message around the majors that a plan is in motion, that better days are ahead.

Until then, the A’s can expect to absorb the occasional jab like that delivered by Ozuna. On the bright side for Oakland fans, they might have just identified Public Enemy No. 2, a player who can slot in right behind Holliday as their favorite opponent to vilify.

A's, Khris Davis avoid arbitration, but is this a long-term union?


A's, Khris Davis avoid arbitration, but is this a long-term union?

The A’s took care of a big piece of business with their top run producer, signing slugger Khris Davis to a one-year contract Wednesday and avoiding arbitration.

FanRag’s Jon Heyman reported the sides settled on a $10.5 million salary. That’s more than double the $5 million Davis made last season in his first trip through the arbitration process, but a huge raise was expected after Davis put up more monster numbers in his second year with Oakland.

His 43 home runs in 2017 ranked second in the American League and he was third in RBI with 110. Consider that Davis is the only major leaguer to crack the 40-homer mark in each of the past two seasons, and only Giancarlo Stanton has more total homers during that span (86 to Davis’ 85).

That obviously makes the 30-year-old Davis a valuable commodity.

“Back to back 40-homer years in this ballpark. You guys don’t talk about it enough,” A’s executive VP of baseball operations Billy Beane said in October. “When we acquired him (in a trade from Milwaukee) we knew we got a guy with a lot of power. I think we were thinking a 30-homer guy. The fact he’s gone 40 back-to-back is pretty amazing. He fits in perfectly here. I think having that big bat that Khris brings helps guys like (Matt) Olson and (Matt) Chapman.”

So it’s clear the A’s value Davis, and that’s why he hasn’t been traded thus far, as many around the game speculated he might be this winter. But where do things go moving forward?

He’ll be eligible for arbitration one more time next winter before he’s able to test free agency heading into the 2020 season. If you’re an A’s fan, you know where this is going. If July hits and the A’s are floundering in the standings, Davis no doubt will be a trade candidate. He’d have appeal as a proven slugger who would remain under team control for 2019.

But Davis is a rare breed. He loves playing in Oakland and doesn’t hide that fact. The pitcher-friendly Coliseum has done nothing to suppress his power. In fact, he’s thrived. His 26 home runs at the Coliseum in 2017 fell one short of Jason Giambi’s Oakland record for homers by a home player.

It would seem he’d be open to a long-term extension, and the sides reportedly have held past discussions about one. The A’s have designs on signing some of their younger core players to extensions. But you’d have to rank it as a surprise were they to actually complete an extension with Davis, given the money he would command.

More than likely, Beane and his staff will evaluate the team through the first half of the upcoming season, weigh the pros and cons of dealing him, and if he stays, enter through this arbitration process again next winter, knowing that he’ll command even more bucks on another one-year deal.

An ‘X’ factor is how Davis adjusts to his shift from left field to designated hitter. He told NBC Sports California in November that he prefers the outfield but will fill whatever role is best for the team.

The feeling here is that he’ll put up the same numbers that fans have grown accustomed to, and the ball will be in the A’s court as to how long he remains in green and gold.