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A's-Dodgers stat pack

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A's-Dodgers stat pack

The A's host the Dodgers at the Coliseum for the first time since 2006. The A's lead the All-Time regular season series with the Dodgers 13-9 including 9-2 at the Coliseum.

DodgersA's Interleague Highlights
June 12, 1997 A's win 5-4 in Oakland
A's first Interleague Game - Matt Stairs homers off Hideo Nomo
August 28, 1997 Dodgers win 7-1 in LA
Miguel Tejada - 1st M.L. Hit (Triple off Nomo)
August 29, 1997 Dodgers win 5-4 (10) in LA
Miguel Tejada - 1st M.L. HR (off Scott Radinsky)
Otis Nixon - 2-Run Walk-off single in 10th
June 11, 1999 A's win 12-6 in Oakland
Miguel Tejada - 3 Home Runs
June 11, 2000 A's win 6-0 in LA
Kevin Appier - 7-Hit Shutout
Jason Giambi - Stole Home
July 12, 2001 A's win 6-0 in Oakland
Mark Mulder - 6-Hit Shutout
July 14, 2001 Dodgers win 5-3(12) in Oakland
Terrence Long - RBI Double to tie score in 9th
Billy McMillon - RBI Single to tie score in 14th
Dodgers score 2 runs in 15th on Bases-Loaded Walks
June 17, 2006 A's win 5-4(17) in Oakland
Bobby Crosby - Walk-off Bases Loaded Walk in 17th
June 16, 2009 Dodgers win 5-4(10) in LA
Matt Kemp - Walk-off Single in 10th
Brandon McCarthy is able to make 2 starts then needs a break
April 27 at BAL & May 2 at BOS: 2-0, 1.98 ERA 13.2 IP 9 Days Rest May 12 vs DET & May 17 at TEX: 1-0, 2.92 ERA 12.1 IP 15 Days Rest June 2 at KC & June 7 vs TEX: 2-0, 2.08 ERA 13.0 IP 11 Days Rest Pitching Tonight

The A's have won each of Brandon McCarthy's last 6 starts.
Most Home Runs by A's 1st Baseman since 2008

HR GMs Daric Barton 2010 10 157 Daric Barton 2008 9 134 Jason Giambi 2009 8 58 Brandon Moss 2012 6 10 Conor Jackson 2011 4 50
Both Yoenis Cespedes and Matt Kemp have missed 31 games this season. Let's look how their teams have done with and without them.

Strangely enough the A's offense produces almost the same numbers with and without Yoenis Cespedes. It is the pitching that is much worse without him:
A's This Season

With Cespedes Without Cespedes Games 36 31 REC 20--16 11--20 AVG 0.224 0.229 RGM 3.9 3.7 HR 33 28 ERA 3.29 4.16
The Dodgers offense is able to produce the same amount of runs with less power but it is their pitching that really steps up:

Dodgers This Season

With Kemp Without Kemp Games 36 31 REC 23--13 19--12 AVG 0.261 0.269 RGM 4.3 4.3 HR 29 15 ERA 3.26 2.98
For the A's, Josh Reddick has really shined without Cespedes while Andre Ethier has struggled without Kemp:

Josh Reddick This Season

With Cespedes Without Cespedes Games 35 30 AVG 0.255 0.276 HR 5 10 RBI 13 20 OPS 0.744 0.982 Andre Ethier This Season

With Kemp Without Kemp Games 36 30 AVG 0.323 0.254 HR 7 3 RBI 34 21 OPS 0.979 0.715
Aaron HarangThis Season by Month

April May June Starts 5 5 3 Rec 1--2 2--1 2--0 ERA 5.72 2.67 1.89 OPP AVG 0.282 0.248 0.24 HR 3 3 0
Aaron Harang has never faced the A's and Brandon McCarthy has never faced the Dodgers.

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

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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.’”

Ouch.

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?

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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.