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Lessons from the Division Series

Lessons from the Division Series

What can the A’s learn from the rest of the playoffs? If one thing is clear from the MLB playoffs, it’s that their 3000x worse without the A’s. The quality of baseball been high, but the presence of Matt Olson has been zero and therefore, it’s a mediocre showing. Science. Still, there are key trends and takeaways from the teams vying for the World Series, and it’s best to pay attention while baseball is still around. Relief pitching is a necessity Every team standing has a phenomenal pen, and they’ve relied on them more than ever. Starters have thrown short stints all playoffs...

Previewing 2018 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Where do Rhys Hoskins, Matt Olson slot at first base?

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A’s Melvin makes the smart call with his extension

A’s manager Bob Melvin signed an extension on Thursday, expanding his contract through the 2019 season, and that sounds about right. He loves the organization and its players, but he has seen too much over the years to commit himself long-term. These are pretty good times for the A’s. They’ve settled on a ballpark site, although there’s a long list of complications that could skewer the deal. They have a sterling assemblage of young players with a future, including Matt Chapman, Matt Olson, Ryon Healy, Franklin Barreto and Chad Pinder. And Melvin, always doing the...

A’s give manager Bob Melvin an extension through 2019

The A’s core young group of players, the bunch the team is building around - Matt Chapman, Matt Olson, Chad Pinder, Franklin Barreto, Bruce Maxwell et. al. - will have their manager in place at least through 2019. Oakland announced Thursday that manager Bob Melvin’s deal has been extended through 2019, which puts him on a par with vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane and general manager David Forst. Melvin, who won American League manager of the year honors in his first full season with Oakland in 2012, is 535-532 since becoming the A’s...

A’s Matt Olson might be done for the season

Matt Olson’s September surge might be the top development of the entire season for the A’s, but the team is likely to be without the rookie first baseman the rest of the way. Olson strained his left hamstring late in Sunday’s game against Texas and remained in for another inning before departing, and Monday, Olson said it felt even worse than it had the day before. “It’s still pretty tight,” he said. “Not that great. ... A little worse than yesterday.” “Any time you get a hamstring issue....those things aren’t going to...
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Game 155: A’s Win Seventh Straight, Beat Rangers 8-1

Game 155: A’s Win Seventh Straight, Beat Rangers 8-1

Meanwhile, both Matt Olson and Jharel Cotton left the action early with apparent injuries. ***Check out today’s Game Thread*** Led by a five-run fifth inning, the A’s swept their second consecutive series and enter the season’s final week on a quite a run. The large asterisk attached to today’s positive write-up is that Matt Olson left today’s action early with what appeared to be a groin or hamstring strain, and Jharel Cotton exited after just 77 pitches and appeared to be holding his right elbow in the dugout. Khris Davis homered for the second consecutive night. It's...

Matt Olson homers again, A’s beat Texas 4-1

For the Rangers, who came into the A’s final homestand of the season still in the hunt for the American League’s second wild-card spot, the timing couldn’t worse. In this series, Texas is facing one of baseball’s hottest sluggers in Matt Olson and one of the hottest clubs not named Cleveland. Friday, Olson, Oakland’s rookie first baseman, hammered his sixth homer in seven games to help the A’s to a 4-1 victory, their fifth win in a row and 12th in the past 15 games. Olson’s homer, a two-run shot off Nick Martinez in the second inning, gave the...

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