On Monday the A's were finally putting it all together. They were having unquestionably the best game of their season. They put up a 12-spot on the Rangers, and budding ace Jarrod Parker was throwing a no-hitter against the best lineup in the game. This is the stuff managers dream of right?
"That was the most miserable last couple of innings that you could ever imagine," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "That's a game where I should be over here sitting down, not worried about anything."
RECAP: A's 12, Rangers 1So what was Melvin so worried about? At that moment on the field, nothing had been better for the A's. "After the sixth inning at 91 pitches I knew I couldn't let him go nine innings," Melvin said. "I'm not rooting for a hit...but it certainly didn't break my heart."That hit he is referring to, is the Michael Young eighth-inning single that broke up Parker's no-hitter. On that hit, Parker threw his 109th pitch. Parker is 23, and had Tommy John surgery two years ago. Needless to say, the A's keep a close eye on his pitch count. But seriously, pitch count aside, if Parker had a no-hitter, he would have come out for the ninth inning right? "No way, no way," Melvin said. "I just can't, he is too important to us."RELATED: A's Parker poised under no-hitter pressure
Melvin said he was prepared to hear the boos; and there would have been plenty. Fortunately for Melvin he didn't have to be the bad guy. He was perfectly happy to let Young assume that role. It easy to see why he believes Parker is worth protecting though. He has a 2.40 ERA, which is the lowest among A.L. rookies with a minimum of 40 innings pitched. He has given up two runs or less in all but one of his starts. Maybe there will be a no-hitter in his future. If Melvin lets him have it.
In order to get their 40-man roster set for the Rule 5 Draft, the A's did a little roster reshuffling on Monday.
Among the casualties from the roster crunch was outfielder Jaycob Brugman, who played in 48 games for the A's in 2017.
Brugman and left-handed pitcher Sam Moll were designated for assignment in order to clear spots for the A's to add right-handed pitchers Heath Fillmyer and Lou Trivino to the 40-man roster.
During his stint with the A's last season, Brugman hit .266/.346/.343 with two doubles, three home runs and 12 RBI. Brugman participated in the recently-concluded Arizona Fall League, but didn't put up great numbers. He his just 1.82 in nine games.
The 23-year-old Fillmyer started 29 games for Double-A Midland and posted a 3.49 ERA in 149.2 innings. He was a fifth-round by the A's in 2014.
Trivino spent time with Midland and Triple-A Nashville during the 2017 season. In 48 relief appearances between the two levels, he posted a 3.03 ERA and struck out 65 batters in 68.1 innings.
Earlier on Monday, the A's acquired outfielder Ramon Laureano from the Astros for right-handed pitcher Brandon Bailey. Laureano was added to the 40-man roster and right-handed pitcher Bobby Wahl was outrighted to Triple-A Nashville.
The Rule 5 Draft will be held on Thursday, Dec. 14 at the Winter Meetings in Orlando.
OAKLAND – The Oakland A’s named Matt Williams as third base coach on Bob Melvin’s coaching staff for the 2018 season, the club announced today.
Williams spent five seasons on the Arizona Diamondbacks coaching staff as first base coach (2010) and third base coach (2011-13, 16) and also managed the Washington Nationals for two seasons. He was named National League Manager of the Year by the BBWAA in his first season as manager in 2014, guiding the Nationals to a 96-66 record and an NL East title. He went 83-79 in 2015 for a 179-145 (.552) record in two seasons as manager.
Williams played 17 seasons in the majors with San Francisco (1987-96), Cleveland (1997) and Arizona (1998-2003). He was a .268 career hitter with 378 home runs and 1218 RBI in 1866 games. Williams was a five-time All-Star and won four Gold Gloves as a third baseman.
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