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Athletics Nation 13 hours ago

Forget these final losses. The Oakland A’s future has begun to arrive.

The Oakland A’s last won a game on Sunday, in their home finale against the Rangers. Jharel Cotton threw seven sparkling innings, and Ryan Dull fanned three batters in a scoreless 9th. The lineup put together a seven-run rally, capped off by a towering homer by Ryon Healy; he and catcher Bruce Maxwell posted three-hit days. Matt Olson notched his first MLB hit, and Joey Wendle made one of the better slides I’ve seen in a while on a play at the plate. These are the moments that keep my interest in a long September like this one, even days after the fact. The A’s have dropped eight of...
Athletics Nation 21 hours ago

Game #158: A’s Unravel in 4th Again

For the second night in a row, the Angels batted around the order in the 4th. At least we got to see Sonny for a minute. Angels win 8-6. I almost forgot that Sonny started this game after how long it felt. The 4th inning, especially, was eternal. Recap to come.
Athletics Nation 22 hours ago

Game #158: A's at Angels

Sonny Gray is back from the dead DL! HE LIVES! Sonny Gray has been activated from the Disabled List and is making his first start since...August 6th? That can't be right, it feels like much longer. Maybe it's just because it's been so long since we've seen the real Sonny Gray and not his meatball-throwing doppelgänger. Per Susan Slusser, it'll probably just be 1 inning before we get treated to The Zach Neal Show. Regardless, even in the painful denouement of this tragic season, this is a game that shouldn't be missed. Oh, and check out tonight's lineup - it's pretty dank: Today's...
Athletics Nation Sep 28, 2016

Game #157: The Disaster is Almost Over

In a lot of ways, today's game highly resembled a spring training game. The A's had a pair of rotation hopefuls pitch short multi-inning stints, and rookies, determined fringe players, and guys playing out of position were spread out on the field behind them. The game never really felt competitive, not for long anyways, and there was a stronger emphasis on "getting reps and experience" rather than playing tough, hard-fought baseball. There were various mistakes on the field on both sides, some resulting in errors but some slipping through those arbitrary definitions, but most all of them...
Athletics Nation Sep 28, 2016

Game #157: Athletics at Angels

Daniel Mengden is taking on Ricky Nolasco this evening. While Mengden started his season strong but finds himself fading, Nolasco currently has a thirteen inning scoreless streak and has three scoreless outings this month after stumbling out of the gates this year. Since the whole swinging the bats thing hasn't been working out recently Bob Melvin has declared that the A's will have a bit of a bunt-fest from now till the end of the season. Hold onto your butts. The A's are currently 2.5 games behind the Angels for not-last place in the division. First pitch is at 7:05. Today's Lineups ...
Athletics Nation Sep 27, 2016

Game #156: Manaea is fantastic but offense is absent, A's lose 2-1

The A's lose game one of this three game set thanks to an absent offense and a defensive miscue. Let's fast forward to 2017. Jered Weaver was perfect for the first 4 & 2/3 innings against the A's lineup. Jered Weaver was perfect for the first 4 & 2/3 innings against the A's lineup. Jered Weaver was perfect for the first 4 & 2/3 innings against the A's lineup. Jered freaking Weaver was perfect for the first 4 & 2/3 innings against the A's lineup. Jered Weaver was once a good pitcher. He is currently not a good pitcher. His shoulder muscles are a la dente spaghetti noodles, and I've...
Athletics Nation Sep 27, 2016

Game #156: A's at Angels

Toilet bowl, baby. I guarantee you this will be much better than the stuff on Fox right now. Today's Lineups OAKLAND A'S LOS ANGELES ANGELS Joey Wendle - 2B Yunel Escobar - 3B Stephen Vogt - DH Kole Calhoun - RF Ryon Healy - 3B Mike Trout - CF Khris Davis - LF Albert Pujols - DH Yonder Alonso - 1B Jefry Marte - LF Danny Valencia - RF C.J. Cron - 1B Marcus Semien - SS Andrelton Simmons - SS Bruce Maxwell - C Jett Bandy - C Brett Eibner - CF Gregorio Petit - 2B Sean Manaea - LHP Jered Weaver - RHP Let's go A's!
Athletics Nation Sep 26, 2016

Till Depth (Chart) Do Us Part (Chart)

Going into 2017, what does the A’s top 5 look like in the rotation, and in what order? And then given the inevitability of somewhere between one and eleventeen injuries, plus the occasional "Um, what happened?" season a Jesse Hahn or Sonny Gray might have, what does the 6-10 look like? Here are my thoughts, starting with the firm belief that Jesse Hahn will not be in the mix — call it a hunch but I think the A’s will sell to a team looking for starting pitching (that narrows it down to 29 suitors) and hoping for the kind of "change of scenery" breakout the Padres enjoyed twice at...
Athletics Nation Sep 25, 2016

Game #155: Baby A's end final homestand on hopeful note, 7-1

The A's did not get swept through their final homestand of the year, thanks to a remarkably complete game from the rookies. Jharel Cotton continues to be an absolute revelation since his promotion to the MLB, and Ryon Healy broke out of his mini-slump in a big way. Full recap to come.
Athletics Nation Sep 25, 2016

Game #155: A's vs. Rangers

It's tough to concentrate on the actual playing of baseball on days like today. But life goes on, and there are still seven games left this season. Here are the lineups, as Jharel Cotton and the A's try to avoid the sweep, and ideally not get shut out for the series. Today's Lineups TEXAS RANGERS OAKLAND A'S Carlos Gomez - LF Joey Wendle - 2B Ian Desmond - CF Stephen Vogt - DH Carlos Beltran - DH Ryon Healy - 3B Adrian Beltre - 3B Khris Davis - LF Rougned Odor - 2B Yonder Alonso - 1B Jonathan Lucroy - C Marcus Semien - SS Mitch Moreland - 1B Bruce...
Athletics Nation Sep 25, 2016

Baseball Tragedy Unites Us

I am still in shock over the news that Marlins star pitcher Jose Fernandez lost his life to a boating accident early this morning. One of premier talents in baseball, and by all accounts a good guy, and only 24, Fernandez’ passing a tragedy that extends far beyond the Marlins. In cases like these, you do not feel like the Marlins, or Marlins fans, lost someone; you feel like we lost someone because in baseball we can be rivals only until tragedy forces us to remember that we are, in fact, united as "baseball fans," and that the "players" we watch are in fact people. Just last night I was...
Athletics Nation Sep 24, 2016

Game #154: Boring A’s Lose Boring Game

Who knew Darvish was a decent pitcher? Just last week, Raul Alcantara went up against Yu Darvish and won, the former top-pitching prospect slowly and steadily falling out of favor with the organization besting the pitcher with the mega-deal with the best K/9 rate in the history of all of baseball. In that start, Alcantara nearly made it through six innings pitched before running out of gas, and primarily reduced on inducing ground balls and weak contact to get through the game. In this start, one game after the Rangers officially clinched a playoff spot and chose to rest many of their...
Athletics Nation Sep 24, 2016

Game #154: Athletics versus Rangers

After a strong campaign, the Rangers clinched a playoff spot on the A's home turf during last night's affair, and so today the A's look to bounce back and, at the very least, spoil the Rangers' bid for the best record in the American League. Despite the loss last night, the A's continued to play a brand of baseball that would inspire hope for next season, especially behind Graveman's mostly perfect performance on the mound. Raul Alcantara has been improving with each and every start he's made thus far, and looks to continue that positive trend as he takes on the Rangers in his second...
Athletics Nation Sep 24, 2016

Game #153: Rangers Clinch Division On A's Field

How far we have fallen, amiright? Not that long ago, it was the A's who clinched the West. It was exciting. Everyone was happy, game threads spanned six, seven even on a good day, And now we sit, watching Texas celebrate their October fortune, as we countdown to the end of another dismal A's season. Oh, and the A's were shutout tonight. If you'd like insult to injury, Kendall Graveman nearly threw a perfect game. It was a perfect seven innings. Until it wasn't. Obligatory congratulations to the Texas Rangers for winning the West. Yay, go Rangers. So I'm not sure what exactly to say about...
Athletics Nation Sep 23, 2016

On Daniel Mengden, his windup, and times through the order

Some assorted thoughts on the guy with the best facial hair in the bigs. At the end of the day, Daniel Mengden's 2016 has been a rousing success. He breezed through two levels, finding himself in the bigs just a year after being acquired in the Scott Kazmir trade. While his transition to the big leagues hasn't exactly been seamless, Mengden's mastery of the minors is an objective success. Mengden's big league struggles are fine and mildly expected, especially when the guy we're discussing was pitching in the California League just a year ago. But it still presents some questions, too. Is...
Athletics Nation Sep 23, 2016

Trade Daze Episode 8: I’m All Ears

Athletics' Ryon Healy on some of his biggest assets. Ryon Healy takes on the toughest questions in a new post-game interview...
Athletics Nation Sep 21, 2016

Game #152: A's lose 6-5, get swept by Astros

Mengden was good early, bad late, and the A's offense couldn't muster enough to overcome Evan Gattis's powerful bat. The A's were fun last week. The A's are not fun this week. Daniel Mengden dominant early For the first three frames, Daniel Mengden was dominant. He sat down the first 10 he saw, striking out four. Yulieski Gurriel broke up the perfect game with a single past a diving Semien in the fourth, but after some more fine pitching, the A's made it out of that frame unscathed. There have been times, especially later in Mengden's rookie campaign, where he's looked just utterly...
Athletics Nation Sep 21, 2016

J.B. Wendelken likely to undergo Tommy John Surgery, per Stiglich

Tough injury news for A's rookie, plus a few injury updates. As reported by Joe Stiglich, right handed reliever J.B. Wendelken may well be headed for Tommy John Surgery. He'll get a second opinion before undergoing the knife, but the first opinion is not reassuring. JB Wendelken is getting a second opinion after MRI showed torn UCL. — Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) September 21, 2016 Wendelken was acquired over the winter in exchange for Brett Lawrie along side left handed starter Zach Erwin. In Nashville, Wendelken performed adequately, ending the year with a 4.11 ERA and 65...
Athletics Nation Sep 21, 2016

Game #152: A's vs. Astros

The A's try and snag the final game of this three game set behind Daniel Mengden and the A's youngsters. Bruce Maxwell in the lineup makes my heart warm. Danny Valencia in right makes my heart pause. Today's Lineups HOUSTON ASTROS OAKLAND A'S George Springer - RF Joe Wendle - 2B Yulieski Gurriel - 3B Stephen Vogt - DH Jose Altuve - 2B Ryon Healy - 3B Carlos Correa - SS Danny Valencia - RF Evan Gattis - DH Yonder Alonso - 1B Marwin Gonzalez - 1B Marcus Semien - SS Tony Kemp - LF Bruce Maxwell - C Jason Castro - C Brett Eibner - CF Jake Marisnick - CF Jake...
Athletics Nation Sep 21, 2016

Game #151: Athletics 1, Astros 2

In news surprising to no one except the Royals and their fans, the A’s were no-hit for most of the game and looked lifeless at the plate, the offense unable to provide support for a rookie pitcher who has all but exceeded every expectation in their first taste of the big leagues. Bad offense, very bad. Sean Manaea pitched great, his fastball ranging from 90-95 and inducing tons of weak contact from a powerful Astros lineup, ending his night with a pitching line of six innings, three hits, two walks and seven strikeouts. The game tied at one apiece after nine innings, the Astros would take...