Athletics

A's-Red Sox stat pack

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A's-Red Sox stat pack

The A's took 2 of 3 from the Red Sox in Boston back in AprilMay:

April 30 -- Red Sox win 11-6
Sox Slug 4 HR (Ortiz (2), McDonald & Aviles
May 1 -- A's win 5-3
A's Rookie Firsts: Parker 1st win, Norberto 1st Save
May 2 -- A's win 4-2
McCarthy in Command (6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 4 K's)

The A's have found success vs the Red Sox in Oakland
Last 26 Games vs Boston at home BOS OAK
Wins 8 18
AVG .222 .247
RGM 2.7 4.2
HR 18 24
Starters ERA 4.95 2.44

The Red Sox offense really struggles in the Coliseum:
Red Sox Offense vs Athletics Since 7262006
in Oakland in Boston
Games 26 26
Rec 8-18 18-8
AVG .222 .308
Runs 69 167
RGM 2.7 6.4HR 18 28
Slug .331 .509

Jarrod ParkerMay 1st at Boston(1st Career Win)
6.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K's - 98 Pitches

As been reported, Jarrod Parker is just the 2nd pitcher since 1918 to allow 1 run or less in 9 of his first 13 career starts. The other being Dwight Gooden. Let's compare the first 13 career starts for the two pitchers:
Dwight Gooden Jarrod Parker
Year 1984 2011-12
Rec 6-3 4-3
ERA 2.61 2.38
Opp Avg .191 .206
Innings 82.2 79.1
K's 96 59
in start 14: CG, 2 Runs, 11 K's

Jarrod Parker this season has thrown only 2 stinkers:May 18 at SF (2 IP, 6 ER) & June 9 at AZ (5 IP, 6 ER)

In the 10 starts when Parker had thrown more than 5 innings:
4-1 Record
1.22 ERA
.181 Opp Avg
2 Home Runs
7.3 K 9 IP
9 Quality Starts

No Starting Pitcher has dominated American League teams like Jarrod Parker:Lowest ERA vs A.L. Teams
(min 8 Starts)
Jarrod Parker OAK 1.34
Chris Sale CWS 2.32
C.J. Wilson LAA 2.39
Jered Weaver LAA 2.49
David Price TB 2.52
A.L. All-Star

The A's lead the A.L. with a 3.52 ERA and it has been the work of the starters since mid-June that has been the best in the Majors:Lowest ERA by Starters since June 14th
Oakland Athletics 1.97
New York Mets 2.89
New York Yankees 3.09
Houston Astros 3.09
Cincinnati Reds 3.31
Season: 3.78 Starter's ERA - 7th Lowest in MLB

Both Chris Carter and Brandon Moss have brought much needed power to the A's 1st Base PositionOakland AthleticsHome Runs by 1st Basemen
HR A.L. Rank
2008 11 Last
2009 16 Last
2010 12 13th
2011 7 Last
2012 14 t-4th

Oakland Rookie All-Stars
1977 Wayne Gross
1978 Matt Keough
1986 Jose Canseco
1987 Mark McGwire
1998 Ben Grieve
2009 Andrew Bailey
2012 Ryan Cook

Will Middlebrooks and Yoenis Cespedes are 1-2 in HR & RBI among A.L. Rookies:Rookie Comparison Will Middlebrooks Yoenis Cespedes
Games 48 48
AVG .298 .282
HR 10 9
RBI 37 35
SLG .538 .508
BBK's 944 1444

Red Sox have had an up-and-down season and are currently on the upswing:
First 31 Games 12-19 Record
Next 22 Games 16-6
Next 8 Games 1-7
Last 18 Games 13-5
Daisuke Matsuzaka will make his 5th start since returning from right elbow surgery. IP H R BBK Pitches
69 vs Wash 5.0 5 4 18 80 Loss
615 at CHC 6.0 4 3 33 93 Loss
621 vs MIA 5.1 4 4 14 101 ND
626 vs TOR 5.2 6 1 15 100 ND

Daisuke MatsuzakaCareer vs Athletics
7 Starts
4-1 Record
3.69 ERA
.221 Opp Avg
6 Home Runs
Last Start vs A's: July 19, 2010 at Oak (W)

This will be Bobby Valentine's first game managing at the Coliseum since June 14, 1992. Career at the Coliseum Valentine has a 25-24 record (all with the Rangers).

David Ortiz comes to Oakland sitting on 399 career Home Runs. Earlier this season (425) Paul Konerko hit his 400th Home Run at the Coliseum.
David OrtizLast 5 Seasons Avg HR ABHR
2008 .264 23 18.1
2009 .238 28 19.3
2010 .270 32 16.2
2011 .309 29 18.1
2012 .302 21 13.6
Lowest since 2006 (10.3 -Hit 54 HR)

Adrian Gonzalez has had a much different 1st half then he had last year
Adrian Gonzalez
Before the All-Star Break 2011 2012
Avg .354 .272
HR 17 6
RBI 77 43
OB .414 .323
Slug .591 .407
Led A.L.

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.