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Athletics Nation 17 hours ago

Game #131: Manaea Strains Back, A’s Strain Patience

The A’s offense blew opportunity after opportunity while Sean Manaea left the game in the 4th with a back strain. Oakland drops the first game of the series to the Astros, 6-0. A’s lose a snoozer. At least Manaea’s injury doesn’t appear to be anything too serious. Let’s keep our fingers crossed. Recap on the way.
Athletics Nation 18 hours ago

Oakland A’s LHP Sean Manaea leaves start in 4th inning with minor back injury

Oakland A’s pitcher Sean Manaea left his Monday start against the Astros in the 4th inning. The initial diagnosis is a sore back, according to John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group. Right rhomboid strain for LHP Sean Manaea. Basically a sore back, Listed as day-to-day. #Athletics— John Hickey (@JHickey3) August 30, 2016 UPDATING THE STORY FROM THIS POINT DOWN, CHECK BACK IN A MOMENT. Manaea needed 36 pitches to get through the 2nd inning, thanks in part to a pair of errors by third baseman Ryon Healy that extended the frame. Later, with one out in the 4th, he threw a strike to...
Athletics Nation 19 hours ago

Game #131: A's at Astros

Let's play SPOILER and put some down force on the Astros. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. And if you can't join 'em, ruin their Wild Card chances. That seems to be Oakland's mantra heading into the final month of the regular season. After taking 2 of 3 from the Cardinals, who reside in the same division as the unstoppable Cubs and thus have their playoff hopes riding on a Wild Card slot, the A's continue their road trip by heading to Houston. After being most people's favorites to win the AL West heading into the season, the Astros have struggled due to shaky starting pitching and find...
Athletics Nation 21 hours ago

The Oakland A’s patchwork rotation has been surprisingly effective

The Oakland A’s starting rotation fell apart in 2016, and it dragged the whole season down with it. This was always a risk entering the year, and unfortunately we drew something resembling the Darkest Timeline -- Sonny Gray was bad, Rich Hill got traded, and pretty much everyone else got hurt. The current rotation includes a middle reliever, a midseason waiver wire pickup, and a 27-year-old rookie who didn’t strike anyone out in the minors. Naturally, the new group has been awesome. Well, relatively awesome, ranking in the top half of MLB rotations over the last couple weeks rather than...
Athletics Nation 23 hours ago

Updating the Oakland A’s depth chart and prospect list

The Oakland A’s minor league system has gone through a lot of changes throughout the course of the 2016 season. Each level of the farm saw several top performers promoted, and the big league club featured 10 MLB debuts — and that’s before we get to September call-ups once the rosters expand next week. There have also been several high-profile additions, via trades, the draft, and the international market. This post will contain three elements: The updated Top 30 A’s prospect list from MLB Pipeline. My own first attempt at an updated top prospect list. An updated organizational...
Athletics Nation Aug 29, 2016

Farm Report: Looking at 9 Top Pitching Prospects A’s Added in Past Year

Ever since last year’s trade deadline deals, the A’s front office has clearly been focused on adding as much top young pitching talent to the system as possible. And with the cost of major league pitching on a rapid rise in recent times, it’s easy to make sense of this strategy. In most of the team’s big trades, particularly at this year’s and last year’s trade deadlines, the focus has been squarely on pitching. And in this year’s amateur draft, the A’s took three top young pitching prospects with their first three selections – something that hasn’t happened anytime in...
Athletics Nation Aug 28, 2016

Game #130: Andrew Triggs Gets First ML Win!

Andrew Triggs didn't pick up his first hit of his major league career but he did pick up his first major league win as the A's defeated the Cardinals 7-4. Post-game coming shortly.
Athletics Nation Aug 28, 2016

Game #130: Athletics at Cardinals

WARNING: Sarcasm Below Maybe it is just me, but have you ever noticed that when you feel at your lowest, your most hopeless, and you're not sure you can watch another game in person or on TV so you rely just on the radio...And Ray Fosse annoys you because there is NOTHING to talk about...in those moments doesn't it always seem like ownership starts their smoke-and-mirrors of discussing a new stadium? Their touring a piece of land...or "in talks" with blah-de-blah...or "if only so and so would be open we could have a stadium." Seriously. It's becoming a pattern. I really believe it is. ...
Athletics Nation Aug 28, 2016

Fatrolf’s farewell to Josh Reddick and Rich Hill

I was saving this post for when Rich Hill finally made his first start for the Dodgers. Which means I ended up putting it off and off and off and ... you know the story. Well, finally, the blisters were fine enough for Rich to pitch, and now I can finally toss up my “farewell” post. The A’s have always been known for their personalities and quirky cast-offs from other clubs that end up making an impact for our strange, little baseball team. So, without further ado, have some gushing words about these two guys, some well-wishes and old Reddick doodles I found on the inner recesses of...
Athletics Nation Aug 28, 2016

Game #129: Late Inning Comeback Secures Win for Neal, A's

Well, what do you know? The A's win an unusual game tonight, as starter Zach Neal allowed just one earned run in his six innings and had a bit of help from his offense; just enough to win, anyway. Recap to follow
Athletics Nation Aug 27, 2016

Generic Headline Hooks Readers Into Reading Filler

A couple weeks ago, Coco Crisp intimated that Bob Melvin couldn’t look him in the eye when passing him up for a pinch-hitting appearance that might help Crisp’s option vest. When Coco didn’t say is whether after going back on a pop fly and letting it drop in front of him for a gift hit, as happened yet again to start the 1st inning last night, is Coco able to look Melvin in the eye? Sometimes it’s just time to retire. UZR/150 seems to think so, rating Crisp now at a tragic -38.0 in CF, a merely pathetic -19.3 overall in the outfield. Context? Jack Cust, for his illustrious career,...
Athletics Nation Aug 27, 2016

Game #128: Yonder Plays Cardinals By Himself, A's Lose 3-1

Well, technically, Crisp, Healy and Semien each had a hit in tonight's game, but Yonder Alonso was the entire offense with his two hits and one home run, accounting for half of the A's hits and all of their runs. Let's be honest, not a real interesting night. Although, if you're looking for silver linings in late August, Ross Detwiler didn't totally suck. So there's that. Happy Friday (really, Saturday) and welcome to another weekend of A's baseball! Although Detwiler put together a positively respectable 5 1/3 innings, allowing six hits and three runs, walking just one while striking out...
Athletics Nation Aug 26, 2016

Nashville Sounds clinch division title

The Oakland A’s Triple-A affiliate advances to the PCL American Conference championship. The Nashville Sounds clinched the Pacific Coast League American South division championship on Friday after the New Orleans Zephyrs lost 4-2. The Sounds began their celebration of the title after completing a 5-3 win over the cross-state rival Memphis Redbirds. It is the first division title for an Oakland Triple-A affiliate since the Sacramento River Cats won the 2012 PCL Pacific North division. The PCL regular season ends on September 5, with Game 1 of the best-of-five American Conference...
Athletics Nation Aug 26, 2016

Jaycob Brugman is now leading the charge for Triple-A Nashville

The Triple-A Nashville Sounds have an 11-game lead in their division with 11 games left to play, so by my calculations they are looking solid for a playoff berth in the Pacific Coast League. In fact, their 77-56 record is the best in the entire league. The Sounds did that mostly via strong pitching, surely with some help from their tough home ballpark — they’ve allowed the fewest runs per game of all 16 PCL teams, nearly half a run lower than the runner-up and more than a run better than the average. But they’ve also managed to hit, standing as one of five teams to average at least...
Athletics Nation Aug 26, 2016

Liam Hendriks has been the Oakland A’s best reliever in the 2nd half

... and it’s not particularly close. We’re in the home stretch of the 2016 season, and the bullpen continues to be the strongest area of the Oakland A’s. The offense is somewhere in the bottom 10 of MLB, the defense is dead last, and the rotation is one of the five or so worst in the game. But the pen ranks middle of the pack in ERA and WAR, offsetting a couple too many blown saves with an AL-leading rate of stranding inherited runners. Most of that has remained true in the second half. The defense and rotation are still bad, and the offense has moved up a few spots but not to the...
Athletics Nation Aug 25, 2016

RHP Joel Seddon has found his groove for Double-A Midland

The Oakland A's have watched several of their starting pitching prospects force their way into the limelight this year. Some have made their MLB debuts, others have jumped from the lower levels to the upper minors without missing a beat, and the 2015 and 2016 draft classes are full of intriguing names. All of that has left Joel Seddon without any attention at all, and while that made sense a couple months ago it's now time to put him back on the radar. Seddon was an 11th-round pick in 2014, so this is still just the second full pro season for the 24-year-old. By the 11th round you're...
Athletics Nation Aug 25, 2016

Fringe Five Prospects and the Oakland A’s

Several recent A’s have found themselves on a prospect list you might not have heard of Hundreds, if not thousands, of young men and women have their eyes set on reaching major league baseball both in the United States and abroad. The odds of a any given player drafted or signed as an amateur reaching the big leagues simply aren’t good. It would seem that, when it comes to evaluating prospects, those odds pose a problem for scouts and player development personnel alike. Could one man and his computer have figured out the secret to identifying quality major league players out of the...
Athletics Nation Aug 25, 2016

Getting to know newest Oakland A's prospect, Max Schrock

This morning, the A's completed a trade with the Washington Nationals, agreeing to send left handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski in exchange for minor league second baseman Max Schrock. Who is Max Schrock you ask? Excellent use of context clues to find this thread, in which we endeavor to discover more on the A's newest prospect. The basics Max Schrock is a 21 year old second baseman who most recently played in the Carolina league for the High-A Potomac Nationals. Schrock was drafted out of the University of South Carolina in the 13th round in 2015, making this only his second season in...
Athletics Nation Aug 25, 2016

Oakland A’s trade Marc Rzepczynski to Washington Nationals

The A’s announced this morning that LHP Marc Rzepczynski (1-0, 3.00) was traded to the Nationals, along with cash, for minor league 2B Max Schrock. TRANSACTION: The A's have traded LHP Marc Rzepczynski and cash to Washington for minor league infielder Max Schrock.— Oakland Athletics (@Athletics) August 25, 2016 Max Schrock, age 21 taken out of South Carolina in the 13th round last year, seems like a weirdly excellent pickup, or at least is having an excellent first full professional season. In High-A this year, he’s hitting .341/.373/.454 with 5 HRs and 7 SBs in 241 PAs. Earlier...
Athletics Nation Aug 24, 2016

Oakland A's owner John Fischer set to tour Howard Terminal, per sources

Ballpark news from the A's ownership. As reported by both the San Francisco Chronicle and the East Bay Times, A's co-owner John Fisher will tour Howard Terminal as a potential fit for the next home of the Oakland A's. Located on the estuary separating Oakland and Alameda, Howard Terminal has long been a proposed fit for the A's and is a favored landing spot of mayor Libby Schaaf. As detailed extensively in both pieces (which I highly recommend giving a read), Howard Terminal isn't without its own issues and logistical questions. As it stands, Howard Terminal is farther from public...

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