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Athletics Nation 8 hours ago

Daily Link Dump 4/17/14

Lots of links about Oakland's pitching and the Houston Astros, who the A's will play this weekend. Good afternoon, Athletics Nation! Thursday brings a much-needed off-day, although rumor has it that Luke Gregerson is warming up at this very moment to pitch in the ninth inning of Bob Melvin's beer league softball team's game. Stuart Wallace of Beyond the Box Score gives us a look inside Scott Kazmir's sore triceps, and explores how the issue may have affected his performance and what to expect in the near future. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports explores Oakland's closer-by-committee and wonders...
Athletics Nation 18 hours ago

What's wrong with the Athletics' bullpen?

The A's were supposed to have one of the best bullpens in baseball, but the closer-by-committee isn't getting the job done. What gives? This is not how things were supposed to go. Sure, the Oakland Athletics are 10-5 and are the at the top of the American League, much less their division. But their biggest weakness so far is the thing that was supposed to be their biggest strength: the bullpen. Billy Beane dumped a ton of money into the pen to add Jim Johnson and Luke Gregerson to an already solid core, and the relievers were supposed to shorten games behind a group of six-inning...
Athletics Nation 19 hours ago
Oakland A's options & service time: A primer

Oakland A's options & service time: A primer

Warning: spreadsheets. As the rain washed away the Oakland Athletics' final game of the Bay Bridge series against the San Francisco Giants, we shed many tears seeing clubhouse favorite Stephen Vogt sent to Sacramento. Should Daric Barton have gone instead? When Ryan Cook returned from his rehabilitation assignment, we sent Evan Scribner up Interstate-80. Why not Drew Pomeranz? When A.J. Griffin returns from his flexor tendinitis, which player will manager Bob Melvin have to call into his office for yet another difficult talk? For More Info Primer on Options and Outrights MjwW...
Athletics Nation Apr 17, 2014
Post-game #15: A's 4, Angels 5

Post-game #15: A's 4, Angels 5

Four and a half hours of sloppy play can only get you so far. A's lose 5-4 in the 12th inning of an absolutely crazy game, recap to come.
Athletics Nation Apr 17, 2014

Game Thread #15: A's at Angels (4)

Another wild, extra inning game for Oakland. In the bottom of the 11th, both bullpens very close to being exhausted. We're in serious danger of a position player pitching. Which would be bad, because our position players look totally exhausted too. Just a sloppy game that's probably going 17 innings. But free baseball!!! RUNZ THREAD
Athletics Nation Apr 16, 2014

Game Thread #15: A's at Angels (2)

It's 4-1, after Callaspo doubled in Donaldson, and Moss does Moss things (against a lefty!). Milone's cutting through the Angels like soft tossing, lefty butter -- only one K, but several thousand pop-ups. TIME FOR MORE RUNZ
Athletics Nation Apr 16, 2014

Game #15: A's at Angels

A's try to complete the sweep, and finish off an incredibly successful road trip. Welcome all to another game of A’s baseball! I’m bta47, and I’ll be game threading on Thursdays this season. Our Athletics (10-4) will be looking for the delicious road sweep against the Los Angeles Angels (6-8). The A’s are so hot right now. They’ve won four in a row, eight out of their last ten, and the past nine games not started by Felix Hernandez. They lead the league in run differential, have the second best record in the MLB, and the second lowest ERA and WHIP. They’re trying to finish off...
Athletics Nation Apr 16, 2014

DLD: A's Rainout vs Seattle Rescheduled for May 7 Traditional Doubleheader

The Oakland Athletics have announced that the April 4 game postponed due to an unplayable infield has been rescheduled as a single-admission double-header. In other news, the A's have claimed right-handed pitcher Marcus Walden off waivers from Toronto and have optioned him to the Sacramento River Cats. A quick link dump for you all: (1) A's/Mariners Tarpout to be rescheduled and (2) A's acquire Marcus Walden off waivers from Toronto, option him to the River Cats. A's vs Mariners "Tarpout" Rescheduled for May 7 Traditional Doubleheader The #Athletics April 4 game against the Mariners has...
Athletics Nation Apr 16, 2014

Josh Reddick: What is going wrong?

What is happening with Josh Reddick? We try to find out. Author's note: This is a follow up on some really good stuff by Ben Folds' Nuts. Josh Reddick. Oh man. What. Is. Happening? After Monday night's game in which Reddick's at-bats nearly brought me to tears, I thought I would try to find out. I had looked previously to see if I saw anything different in his swing (more on that later), but I thought I would spend some time seeing how pitchers are getting Reddick out so easily. Just to recap, here are Reddick's stats. ...
Athletics Nation Apr 16, 2014
Designated For Assignment. Who do YOU want to D.F.A.?

Designated For Assignment. Who do YOU want to D.F.A.?

I do not advocate sending anyone down just yet, but if the A's did decide that they want a change based on poor performance, who do you think it should be? It's a game of optional waivers.At many points this off-season, I advocated keeping Daric William Barton ( .277 OPS in 2014) as the 25th man. This was not because he was the 25th best player on the A's but because he had other things going for him. I thought (60/40) he would be picked up off waivers after a very good September 2013. I also thought Barton fit the roster better. And I also thought keeping Barton to start the year was...
Athletics Nation Apr 16, 2014
A's Escape with 10-9 Win in Wild, See-Saw Affair

A's Escape with 10-9 Win in Wild, See-Saw Affair

{channelling my inner Ray Fosse} Wow. Just...wow. The A's pulled out an incredible victory over the Angels tonight. 10-9 in 11 innings. Recap will be posted here...til then, rejoice!
Athletics Nation Apr 16, 2014

Game Thread #14: A's vs. Angels (5)

We finally had a starter not go 5 innings. We finally had a non-Johnson-related bullpen fail. And somehow we are still in this one. 9-9, bottom of the 10th. Looking to push it to the 11th. Let's Go Oakland!
Athletics Nation Apr 16, 2014
Game Thread #14: A's vs. Angels (4)

Game Thread #14: A's vs. Angels (4)

Wow that was a long 8th inning. Heading to the 9th, A's clinging to a 9-7 lead. The bullpen has been solid...Let's close it out!
Athletics Nation Apr 16, 2014
Game Thread #14: A's vs. Angels (3)

Game Thread #14: A's vs. Angels (3)

Stellar work by Drew Pomeranz + Ryan Cook (with an assist from Craig Gentry) and some chipping away have the A's right back in this one, down 6-5 heading into the 8th.  Also now I see why Pujols has all those gold gloves. Nevertheless, here comes the heart of the order, including a few guys who can tie it up with one swing... via s2.quickmeme.com Let's Go Oakland!
Athletics Nation Apr 15, 2014

Game Thread #14: A's at Angels (2)

A's looking to rally, down 6-3 after four innings!
Athletics Nation Apr 15, 2014

Game Thread #14: A's vs. Angels

The A's are in Anaheim for the second of three contests with a chance to win the series today. Greetings A's fans! Twice in a row the A's rode very strong pitching and a couple of longballs to victory against an AL West rival. Today promises to be another pitchers' duel, featuring Dan Straily (1-1, 2.77 ERA) vs. RHP Garrett Richards (2-0, 0.75 ERA). Richards started to look dominant last year as he began showing some control and some nasty movement. Let's hope the A's can be the first team to get to him in 2014. Incidentally, Josh Reddick is batting .400 against him in 10 ABs, and Brandon...
Athletics Nation Apr 15, 2014
Deja Vu, featuring John Jaso

Deja Vu, featuring John Jaso

In Hollywood, re-making the original can be a lame trick. Jaso showed that in baseball, it can be a great idea. John Jaso is a catcher for the Oakland Athletics. He generally plays whenever the team is facing a right-handed pitcher. He is a valuable hitter because he has great plate discipline, he makes a lot of contact, and he gets on base. He does not hit for a lot of power, as evidenced by his isolated power mark of .134 and his 24 career home runs in over 1,300 plate appearances. He also might be a wizard. Or a really uncreative Hollywood producer. On April 9, 2013, at Angel Stadium,...
Athletics Nation Apr 15, 2014
How To Not

How To Not "Strasburg" Sonny Gray and Jesse Chavez

Things are going well for the A's in the early season. In particular, Oakland's rotation has been stellar — Sonny Gray, Scott Kazmir, Jesse Chavez, and Dan Straily have all pitched exceptionally well in their first few appearances of the year, while Tommy Milone had the misfortune of getting rained out and then skipped the first time through the order, allowing five runs in as many innings last Friday in Oakland's 6-4 loss to Felix Hernandez Seattle. Still, five runs in five innings marks the worst start the A's have gotten in this year's 13 games, a stat that 29 other big-league teams...
Athletics Nation Apr 15, 2014
This Week in Scorecard Stories #1: April 15, 2006

This Week in Scorecard Stories #1: April 15, 2006

Each week, jfkoo's Oakland Athletics scorebook will bring you back to the stands at the Coliseum, in front of the television, or anywhere else baseball can be seen as far back as 2003. This week, the Athletics faced the Texas Rangers on April 15, 2006. When the historian Doris Kearns Goodwin was six years old, her father bought her a bright red scorebook and taught her to keep score. Each day her father would go to work, and Doris would dutifully listen to that day's Brooklyn Dodgers game on the radio, keeping track of the game in her scorebook. Goodwin writes in Wait Till Next Year: A...
Athletics Nation Apr 15, 2014
Game #13: Jaso Saves The Day With Pinch-Hit Homery Goodness!

Game #13: Jaso Saves The Day With Pinch-Hit Homery Goodness!

For 8 innings it looked like it was Albert Pujols' day, and just a "night of frustration" for the A's hitters. But with one mighty swing off the bench, pinch-hitter John Jaso blasted a "no-doubt" 2-run HR off of Angels' closer Ernesto Frieri that turned a potential 2-1 loss into a 3-1 win -- and a 6-1 road trip so far. Jesse Chavez was terrific for the 3rd start in a row, lasting 7 IP and allowing 2 runs, just one earned, striking out 9 and not walking a batter. However, he was behind all night. In the 1st, following Kyle Calhoun's single, with one out a passed ball allowed Calhoun to reach...

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