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A's vs. Mariners stat pack

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A's vs. Mariners stat pack

The A's and Mariners continue their season series with their 2nd series of the year in Seattle:

A'sMariners Season Series

OAK SEA Wins 2 5 AVG 0.218 0.228 RGM 3.1 4 HR 8 6 Starter's ERA 3.83 2.81 Bullpen ERA 2.18 3.38
A's Record vs Marinersby Year
2006 17-2
2007 5-14
2008 10-9
2009 5-14
2010 13-6
2011 9-10
2012 2-5

Oakland AthleticsLast 12 Games
Record 9-3
AVG .262
wRISP .333
RGM 5.8
HR 18
ERA 3.25
Opp Avg .190

Oakland A's Starting PitchingLast 10 Starts
4-2 Record
1.88 ERA
.139 Opp Avg
2 Home Runs
8 Quality Starts
No More than 5 Hits allowed in all 10 Starts

The only other time in A's franchise history starting pitchers have allowed 5 hits or less in 10 straight starts was the final 10 games of the 1992 season.
Oakland AthleticsLast 5 Come-From-Behind Walk-Off HRs
Derek Norris 6242012 vs SF Trailed 1-2 3-Run HR Marco Scutaro 4152007vs NYY Trailed 2-4 3-Run HR Milton Bradley 7302006 vs TOR Trailed 3-5 3-Run HR Miguel Tejada 912002 vs MIN Trailed 4-5 3-Run HR Olmedo Saenz 722002 vs MIN Trailed 2-3 2-Run HR Win 18 of 20-Game Win Streak

This is the first season in Oakland history where 2 rookies hit walk-off Home Runs and they came in the same week:
Rookies to Hit a Walk-Off Home Run for Oakland

Date Opp Inn Jerry Tabb 9271977 Royals 15th Dave Revering 7151978 Blue Jays 9th Tony Batista 9896 Tigers 10th Izzy Molina 9201997 Mariners 15th Carlos Pena 422002 Rangers 9th Bobby Crosby 9302004 Mariners 9th Kurt Suzuki 8162007 White Sox 10th Yoenis Cespedes 6212012 Dodgers 9th Derek Norris 6242012 Giants 9th Athletics Franchise History
Players whose 1st Career HR was a Walk-Off:
Dee Miles 9141939 vs White Sox
George Hendrick 5281972 vs White Sox
Derek Norris 6242012 vs Giants
Tommy Milone This Season

Home Road Starts 6 8 Record 5-1 2-4 ERA .99 7.42 Opp Avg .169 0.317 HR 1 12 2nd Lowest in MLB
2nd Highest in MLB

Coco Crisp has scored a run in 6 straight games, the longest streak by an A's player this year,
Coco CrispLast 11 Games
.395 Average
.500 On-Base
8 Walks
8 Runs
7 Steals
Leads All Lead-Off Hitters since June 13th

Since throwing a combined no-hitter vs the Dodgers, the Mariners have fallen on tough times, losing 10 of their last 14 games:

Seattle MarinersLast 14 Games
Record 4-10
AVG .245
RGM 3.9
HR 13
ERA 5.27
Opp Avg .306

Ichiro SuzukiLast 5 Games
11 for 22 (.500)
2 Doubles
2 Walks
3 RBI
Raised Avg from .255 to .273

Ichiro SuzukiThis Season
Batting 1st Batting 3rd
Games 20 52
AVG .278 .271
HR 3 1
RBI 9 17
OPS .699 .672

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.