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Rangers vs. A's stat pack

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Rangers vs. A's stat pack

The A's have won 9 oftheir last 10 games, their best 10-game stretch since going 9-1 inSeptember of 2009.

OaklandAthleticsLast 10 Games
9-1 Record
21 Run Differential
.253 Team Avg
4.6 RunsGame
16 Home Runs
2.16 Team ERA
8 Quality Starts
3 for 3 Saves
0.56 Bullpen ERA

Best Records in Baseball since June 12th Rangers 19-9

Yankees 19-9

Tigers 18-11

Reds 18-11

Best 28-Game Stretch by A's since AugSet, 2006

Coors Field in Denver and Target Field in Minneapolis are usuallyconsidered very different but the A's hitters found no difference between thetwo:

A's Sweep at COL A's Sweep at MIN Runs 26 24 Home Runs 9 9 AVG .313 .289 Slug .634 .570
While the A's starters get plenty of attention, the Bullpen has been lights outin July:
A's Bullpen in July
10 Games
4-0 Record
3 for 3 Saves
0.56 ERA
.138 Opp Avg
32.0 Innings
2 Runs
7 Walks29 Strikeouts
Lowest in Majors

Brandon Moss joined the A's on June 6 and hit his first HR on June 7th:
Most Home Runs since June 7thAmerican League
Jose Bautista TOR 12 Robinson Cano NYY 12 Trevor Plouffe MIN 12 Mark Trumbo LAA 12 Brandon Moss OAK 11 Josh Willingham MIN 11
Most Home Runs since June 1stA.L. Teams
Yankees 66

Blue Jays 58

Angels 52

Athletics 50

White Sox 46

42 HR March-May - 4th Fewest in A.L.
The A's do not hit for Average, but unlike last season, they make up for itwith Power:
A's Offensive ComparisonThru 89 Games

2011 2012 Record 39-50 46-43 AVG .234 .228 Runs 304 343 Home Runs 47 92 OB .300 .303 Slug .338 .373
The A's have hit at least one Home Run in 20 of their last 21 games for the firsttime since hitting HR's in 23 of 24 games in AprilMay of 2004.
A.L. TeamsHighest Pct of Runs Scored by Home Run
Yankees 52 Orioles 47 Blue Jays 46 Athletics 43 White Sox 40 OaklandAthleticsHome Runs thru 89 Games

HR Rec 2006 95 46-43 2007 91 44-45 2008 64 48-41 2009 73 38-51 2010 57 43-46 2011 47 39-50 2012 92 46-43 OaklandAthleticsThis Season

Home Road Record 24-20 22-23 AVG .223 .232 RGM 3.7 4.0 HR 43 49 ERA 2.81 3.99 Opp Avg .219 .265 HR Allowed 30 41 includes 2 Games at Tokyo Dome This SeasonMost Innings by Rookie Pitchers

IP Wins ERA Oakland 360.2 22 2.99 Chi White Sox 208.1 12 3.76 Texas 191.2 18 3.94 Houston 189.2 9 4.56 Detroit 182.1 7 4.59 Minnesota 174.2 9 4.12 45 of All Innings Pitched by Rookies
Since 1995 (Wild Card Era) no playoff team has more than 30 of inning pitchedby Rookies. (Highest: 2010 Reds - 29.7)
Highest Slugging PctOakland Rookie
Mark McGwire 1987 .618 Mitchell Page 1977 .521 Yoenis Cespedes 2012 .505 Ben Grieve 1998 .458 Jose Canseco 1986 .457 Won Rookie of the Year Award
11 of the 14 teams in the A.L. are over .500.
8 of the 16 teams in the N.L. are over .500

RangersA's Season Series

TEX OAK Wins 5 5 AVG .240 .255 Runs 35 44 HR 6 13 Starter's ERA 5.22 3.05
Bartolo ColonCareer vs Texas
28 Starts
18-6 Record
3.61 ERA
.223 Opp Avg
June 6 vs Tex(W): 8 IP, 0 Runs
Most Career Wins vs Texas Rangers
Dennis Leonard 19-11 Bert Blyleven 19-12 Jack Morris 19-16 Bartolo Colon 18-6 Barry Zito 18-6 Roger Clemens 18-10 Mike Mussina 18-13
Roy OswaltThis Season

IP Hits Runs
622 vs COL (W) 6.2 9 1
627 vs DET (W) 6.0 13 5
72 at CHW (L) 4.2 13 11
78 vs MIN (ND) 5.2 5 1
Roy Oswalt has made 1 career start at the Coliseum and that came on June 7,2002 while with Houston.Oswalt took the loss in a 5-3 A's win and allowed 2 Home Runs to Terrence Long.

Roy Oswalt - June 7, 2002 at Oakland
5.2 IP 8 H 5 R 4 ER5 BB 4 K 2 HR - Loss
Josh HamiltonThis Season by Month

AVG HR RBI OPS April .395 9 25 1.182 May .344 12 32 1.187 June .223 4 16 .754 July .152 2 3 .615 A.L. Player of the Month

Young A’s fan writes letter to team after fires take home, beloved memorabilia

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Young A’s fan writes letter to team after fires take home, beloved memorabilia

Young Athletics fan Loren Jade Smith is among the thousands of people affected by the Northern California wildfires. Along with his family's home, the fire storm took his most valued possession -- his A's memorabilia collection. 

In his disappointment, Smith wrote a letter to the A's that has since gone viral. 

After the letter was shared throughout the Twitterverse, A's President Dave Kaval said the team would reach out to Jade and his family to replace his memorabilia. 

And since Kaval's announcement, the A's community of fans has responded with offers to send the young fan some memorabilia. The A's have even set up an address where fans can send Smith their gifts. 

Who can we blame for epidemic of teams losing three straight elimination games?

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Who can we blame for epidemic of teams losing three straight elimination games?

Fox’ Matt Vasgersian, who does his job well,  declared the New York Yankees’ American League Division Series win over Cleveland to be amazing.

It is not. Not any more.

In fact, the Yankees winning three elimination games in succession is a feat that has happened seven times in the past three years. And we can only conclude from that that they’re not making teams that can avoid the bad beat the way they used to.

The 2017 Indians joined the 2016 Indians, Warriors and Thunder, the 2015 Clippers, Capitals and Texas Rangers, the 2014 Penguins and Sharks, the 2013 Red Wings, the 2012 Reds and Cardinals, the 2011 Penguins, the 2010 Bruins and Capitals as proud laryngectomy victims – teams that needed to win only one of three (or in the Sharks’ case, four) games to advance in the playoffs (or in the Warriors’ case, win).

That’s 15 times this “amazing” thing has happened, which means that by any estimate, teams that needed to win three consecutive games to escape the icy hand of Uncle Death are now pretty much the norm in this decade.

And why, you ask? I blame Twitter. I blame global warming. I blame video games. I blame smartphones. I blame phones. I blame the new president. I blame the old president. I blame Satan. I blame participation trophies and orange slices and juice boxes. I blame the players and I blame the owners and I blame the fans and definitely those smarmy bastards in the media. They’re the worst.

I blame you. Hell, I think I blame Matt Vasgersian.

But whomever is at fault, we have here an epidemic of feet strangling their owners when everything seems their cheeriest. And unless we live in such misery-enriched times that good times are only precursors to far worse ones, there is no sensible explanation. Players’ windpipes are no smaller than they were a decade ago. The Internet is older than seven years. Close-out games are not materially more difficult than they were before 2010.

And yet winning that one extra game is suddenly like finding out your SAT test has been written totally in anagrams. In other words, when things look brightest, that’s when you know you’re totally screwed.

And if you don’t believe me, ask Terry Francona. In a few weeks maybe. Not right away. Not unless you’re keen to see how it feels to have your neck used as a bathmat.