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A's-Orioles stat pack

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A's-Orioles stat pack

The A's road trip continues with their 2nd visit of the year to Baltimore. Back in April, the O's took 2 of 3 from the A's at Camden Yards.

This Date in A's History - July 27, 1965
In the 2nd game of a double-header at Fenway Park, 19-year old Jim "Catfish" Hunter recorded his 1st of 224 career wins. The future Hall-of-Famer went 5 innings allowing 5 runs (including a grand slam to 20-year old Tony Conigliaro) but thanks to an A's 6-run 1st inning left the game with a 8-5 lead. The Kansas City A's would go on to win the game 10-8. (Bert Campaneris went 4 for 5 with an HR and 4 runs scored)
Best Records in JulyAmerican league
Athletics 16-3 .842 Tigers 15-6 .714 Yankees 12-9 .571 White Sox 11-9 .550 Angels 11-10 .524 Best in Majors

With 5 games left in the month, the A's have a chance to have their best July since moving to Oakland.
Oakland AthleticsBest Months of July
2012 16-3 .842 2005 20-6 .769 1974 20-8 .714 2001 19-8 .704 1980 19-10 .655
The A's have a 15-9 record vs the A.L. East this season.
Highest Win Pct vs A.L. EastAmong A.L. teams
Rangers 14-7 .667 Athletics 15-9 .625 Yankees 18-13 .581 Tigers 13-10 .565 Rays 23-18 .561 Last season: 20-23 (.465) vs A.L. East
Most RunsGame since All-Star BreakAmerican League
Athletics 5.8 Angels 5.6 Tigers 4.9 Blue Jays 4.8 Twins 4.7 Before Break: 3.7 - Fewest in A.L.
Jarrod ParkerThis Season

Home Road Starts 9 7 Rec 3-2 4-2 ERA 2.28 1.08 Opp Avg .211 .240 HR 2 2 Walks 9IP 3.3 4.5
Lowest ERA among Rookie StartersA.L. (min 10 Starts)
Jose Quintana CWS 2.58 Jarrod Parker OAK 3.00 Scott Diamond MIN 3.16 Zach McAllister CLE 3.18 Tommy Milone OAK 3.51 Wei-Yin Chen BAL 3.82 Yu Darvish TEX 3.88
Yoenis CespedesA.L. Ranks since All-Star Break
.458 Average 1st 4 Home Runs T-5th 14 RBI 1st 12 Runs T-3rd .500 OB T-4th .792 Slug 3rd 1.292 OPS 2nd
On June 14th Coco Crisp moved back to being the A's regular lead-off hitter:
Coco CrispSeason Breakdown

Thru June 13 Since June 14 Games 38 31 AVG .172 .344 OB .234 .400 Slug .231 .508 Runs 10 19 Steals 9 11 A's Record 13-25 23-8 In Games Crisp Played

Highest On-Base Pct A.L. Leadoff MenSince June 14th
Alex Gordon KC .430 Mike Trout LAA .428 Austin Jackson DET .416 Coco Crisp OAK .400 Oakland AthleticsMost HR in a Season since 2007
Jack Cust 2008 33 Josh Willingham 2011 29 Jack Cust 2007 26 Jack Cust 2009 25 Nick Swisher 2007 22 Josh Reddick 2012 22
The Orioles have lost 9 of their last 12 home games and have a better record on the road then at home.
Orioles This Season

Home Road Record 24-24 28-23 AVG .249 .230 RGM 4.4 3.8 HR 64 58 ERA 4.36 3.80 Lost 9 of last 12 at Home

The thing you don't want to do with Orioles is go to extra-innings;
Most Wins in Extra-Innings This Season
Orioles 10-2 Athletics 7-2 Giants 7-2 Marlins 7-3 Nationals 7-6
It hasn't just been extra-innings, the O's have been clutch late in games:
Orioles This Season

A.L. Rank 10-2 in Extra-Inning Games 1st 19-6 in 1-run games 1st 39-0 when Leading after 7 inn. 1st 41-0 when Leading after 8 inn. 1st 13 Wins when Trailing after 6 inn. 1st
Adam JonesLast 4 Seasons

AVG HR OPS 2009 .227 19 .792 2010 .284 19 .767 2011 .280 25 .785 2012 .293 23 .877
All-Star Matt Wieters has only 1 hit in his last 30 at-bats and had had an up-and-down season:
Matt WietersThis Season by Month

AVG HR RBI April .279 6 15 May .188 2 7 June .290 3 16 July .197 1 8
While Jim Thome is 7th on the all-time Home Run list with 611, he is only 65 K's behind Reggie on the Strikeout list:
Most Strikeouts All-Time
Reggie Jackson 2,597 Jim Thome 2,532 Sammy Sosa 2,306 Andres Galarraga 2,003 Alex Rodriguez 2,000 Adam Dunn 1,956 Jackson has held the Strikeout record since 1982

A's hire Matt Williams as third base coach

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A's hire Matt Williams as third base coach

OAKLANDThe 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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Ryon Healy trade has domino effect

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Ryon Healy trade has domino effect

The A’s wasted no time making their first major move of the offseason, and it has a domino effect on how their 2018 lineup will take shape.

The trade of young slugger Ryon Healy to the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday paves the way for left fielder Khris Davis to start getting heavy at-bats as the designated hitter, the spot left vacant by Healy.

It also points to another move the A’s want to pull off — acquiring a right-handed hitting corner outfielder who presumably can eat up those defensive innings that Davis spends as the DH.

It’s a series of moves that isn’t all that surprising given the A’s roster makeup right now. Healy, who hit .282 with 38 homers in 221 games over his first two big league seasons, is capable of playing either first or third base. But Matt Olson and Matt Chapman secured those spots, respectively, with their solid showings as rookies last season.

“We’ve obviously talked a lot since the end of the season about adding to the bullpen,” A’s general manager David Forst said on a conference call Wednesday night. “At the same time, with the emergence of Matt and Matt, on the corners, maybe Ryon needed to be somebody we might have to move ...”

It makes sense for Oakland to find a way to shift Davis from being the everyday left fielder while still keeping his 40-homer bat in the lineup. Opponents have routinely taken extra bases the past two seasons on Davis’ throwing arm, and whether they add a newcomer to play left or shift Joyce or someone else there, chances are they can benefit from better defense in left.

The A’s also feel they got an important chip back from Seattle to help bolster a bullpen that ranked 13th in the American League last season with a 4.57 ERA. They received right-hander Emilio Pagan (along with minor league shortstop Alexander Campos), and figure that the 26-year-old Pagan is someone the A’s have pegged to be an immediate contributor in their ‘pen.

A 10th round draft pick in 2013, Pagan made his big league debut in 2017 and posted a 3.22 ERA over 34 games spread over four stints with Seattle. He endured a rocky first couple of outings but, after being called up for good in the second half, eventually worked his way into a late-inning setup role. Pagan struck out 56 and walked just eight in 50 1/3 innings, numbers that surely popped out to Oakland’s front office.

He’ll likely be called upon in middle relief to help set the table for Chris Hatcher and closer Blake Treinen, as the bullpen currently looks.

Campos, just 17, spent this past season in the Dominican Summer League, and Forst said the A’s were eyeing Campos last summer when they eventually traded Yonder Alonso to the Mariners. Oakland wound up getting center fielder Boog Powell back in that deal.

Did the A’s rake in enough for Healy? As with all trades, it will take time to judge. But it’s fair to say that Healy’s departure will be felt in a clubhouse that is characterized by the emergence of many young position players, and he was a part of that group. In fact, when Healy was called up in July 2016 — knocking Danny Valencia out as the regular third baseman — he became the first of several promising position-player prospects to establish himself in Oakland’s lineup.

He rented a house in the East Bay and eventually took in Chapman, Olson and Chad Pinder as roommates. There’s a fiery side to Healy’s on-field personality that was a positive for the A’s, and watching him play Oakland as a member of an AL West rival will make for entertaining theatre.

Another storyline is how Davis takes to being a regular DH. Forst praised Davis’ approach to his game and doesn’t anticipate any problems, adding that the A’s still want to get Davis some time in the outfield.