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Athletics Nation 2 hours ago

Lawrie's Hitting Should Remind You Of Someone...But Not Cespedes...

A meme I've heard lately is how Brett Lawrie is, offensively, a lot like Yoenis Cespedes. I get the idea: Lawrie, like his Cuban predecessor, has a penchant for chasing bad balls until you are ready to commit unspeakable acts on the next kitten you see, and then he'll hit the ball harder than you thought a ball could be hit. Statistically, there are indeed similarities, from the high BABIP to the low walk rate. Differences come from more of Cespedes' hard hit balls sailing over the wall for HRs, while many of Lawrie's are sizzled into the gap for doubles -- hence about a .060 separation in...
Athletics Nation 4 hours ago

Billy Butler's triple and 5 infield singles

Oakland Athletics designated hitter Billy Butler does not have a wheels tool. He has five infield singles and a triple anyway. Billy Butler is not known for his speed. It's fun when not speedy baseball players accomplish tasks usually reserved for speedy baseball players, or at least average speed baseball players. I therefore present Billy Butler's five infield singles and his triple. There are many gifs. Please be patient. Baseball Reference actually credits Butler with nine infield hits, but that includes four occasions where the ball continued to an outfielder after glancing off an...
Athletics Nation 6 hours ago

Game #81: Billies triple, A's quadruple; beat Rockies 4-1

The A's fastest and the A's slowest each notched leadoff three-baggers and scored, as Jesse Hahn hurled six innings of one-run ball and the A's bullpen slammed the door to claim the series victory. You know things are going well when Billy "Speed is My Middle Name" Burns chips in with a leadoff triple and scores on a two out single You know things are going even better when Billy "Somehow I Have Five Career Stolen Bases" Butler chips in with a leadoff triple and scores on a medium-depth fly ball. It was just one of those kinds of days for the Athletics, where next to nothing could go wrong....
Athletics Nation 8 hours ago

Game Thread #81: Oakland Athletics vs Colorado Rockies (2)

Both starters have battled hard thus far, combining for 14 groundouts out of 27 outs. However, the A's have used a pair of leadoff triples from pair of Billy B's (Burns and Butler) and have a 2-1 lead through four and a half. It's hard to trust the A's in a one run game, so let's score some more! Semien, Burns, Vogt due up.
Athletics Nation 8 hours ago

Game #81: Oakland Athletics vs Colorado Rockies

A slumping offense looks to back up right-hander Jesse Hahn against the surprisingly successful Chad Bettis and his Colorado Rockies. It's July 1st, and Game #81. We've officially reached the halfway point. Congratulations to all. There were definitely times I didn't think we'd all make it, but we hung on! Here's to 81 more! (Or perhaps 92?) This afternoon the A's take on the Rockies in the rubber match of the three game set. They will try to put last night's offensive disappointment behind them against 26 year-old righty Chad Bettis. Bettis is enjoying what looks to be a breakout season,...
Athletics Nation 16 hours ago

Oakland A's 2015 Trade Season Primer

The Athletics have some nice chips to sell with, and some pretty pieces they could use to make themselves buyers. Which will they choose? And what kinds of returns can they expect? All of that and more, in the 2015 Athletics Trade Season Primer! This morning, something awesome happened. This amazing thing happens every year, and has been my favorite annual event for the past three or four years. What is this event, you might ask? It's simple - the calendar changed from June to July. July is a significant month to me. It means that it truly is summer. It means that America truly is...
Athletics Nation Jul 1, 2015

Game #80: Bassitt Pitches Like Gray, Hard-Luck Loser Like Chavez

You know the drill by now. The fundamental-less Oakland Athletics fail to score on one side of the field and fail to defend on the other, resulting in a 2-1 loss, charged to Chris Bassitt, who actually couldn't have pitched much better than he did. Recap to come, complete with vomit faces.
Athletics Nation Jul 1, 2015

Game Thread #80: Oakland Athletics vs. Colorado Rockies (2)

A lot of things have happened; none of them good. The A's fell behind 1-0, and despite a golden chance to score a run last inning, failed with not one, but three chances. Their lack of fundamentals cost them a run in the top of the seventh, and we head to the bottom; A's trailing 2-0. LET'S GO OAK-LAND!
Athletics Nation Jun 30, 2015

Game #80: Oakland Athletics vs. Colorado Rockies

The A's try to make it two in a row tonight against the Rockies as they send newcomer Chris Bassitt to the mound in place of Sonny Gray. NO HE'S NOT HURT!!! NO, HE'S NOT TRADED!!! HE'S JUST REALLY SICK! For those of you in panic mode regarding Sonny Gray's absence from his start tonight, do not fret. He's been really sick--hospital sick--but is not hurt and has not been traded. Chris Bassitt up to make the start, Max Muncy down, and away we go! Here are your lineups: Today's Lineups COLORADO ROCKIES OAKLAND A'S Charlie Blackmon - CF Billy Burns - CF Troy Tulowitzki -...
Athletics Nation Jun 30, 2015

Oakland A's rotation: Chris Bassitt and left-handed batters

Chris Bassitt will make his first start for the Oakland A's on Tuesday, in place of the traded injured ill Sonny Gray. Bassitt made five starts last season for the White Sox, so this will not be the first of his MLB career. He has also made nine starts in Triple-A this season, including his last seven appearances, so he is stretched out and ready to go. Here is a quick reminder of what the right-hander has done lately: 2014, White Sox, 5 starts: 3.77 ERA, 28⅔ innings, 19 Ks, 12 BB, 0 HR2015, Triple-A, 9 starts: 3.88 ERA, 51 innings, 53 Ks, 15 BB, 1 HR2015, Triple-A, last 7: 3.63 ERA,...
Athletics Nation Jun 30, 2015

MLB Draft 2015: 1st round pick Richie Martin, Oakland A's agree to terms

The Athletics first round draft pick was the last of their top 10 selections to sign in Oakland's draft class. The Oakland Athletics have come to terms with first round draft selection Richie Martin, a shortstop from the University of Florida, the A's announced this afternoon. Bonus figures have not been disclosed for the 20th overall pick, but a signing for his slot value of $2,214,000 would keep the A's within 105 percent of their bonus pool, and would result in only a 75 percent tax on the overage and no loss of any future draft selections. Richie Martin is in the house today...will...
Athletics Nation Jun 30, 2015

Oakland A's scratch Sonny Gray from start, Chris Bassitt starting

The Athletics have not confirmed the report by MLB.com's Tracy Ringolsby. The Oakland Athletics have scratched Sonny Gray from his scheduled start Tuesday evening against the Colorado Rockies, tweets MLB.com columnist Tracy Ringolsby, and Chris Bassitt will be called up to start in Gray's place. There is no word on the reason Gray will miss this start. The Athletics have not confirmed this report. This story will update as more details become available.
Athletics Nation Jun 30, 2015

GameThread #79: A's vs. Rockies

The A's try to recover from a depressing sweep with a three game series against the NL's Colorado Rockies. Welcome to this edition of A's baseball! I will be your host for tonight's festivities. LAST PLACE IN THE AL WEST. VS. LAST PLACE IN THE NL WEST. TONIGHT AT THE COLISEUM: A'S VS. ROCKIES!!! Yeah this is not a marquee matchup. I'd like to think the A's are better than the Rockies, but I don't know. It's probably about the same. One thing that might make it more interesting for y'all is to participate in the GOG (guess the outcome game). Basically a bunch of questions are listed and you...
Athletics Nation Jun 30, 2015

A's cruise to 7-1 victory after early homers

Kendall Graveman pitched seven shutout innings and the A's hit three homers. This was an easy win. This is the type of game that when it happens to the A's, and I spent three hours watching it, I feel like I just wasted my night. Your team has frustrating at bat after frustrating at bat, no exciting situations whatsoever, and early homers by the opposition ensure that your team is never in it. I'm sure Rockies fans checked out early and fell asleep on this one. In fact, I too found it hard to stay awake, because the win was so easy. I think I missed the 6th and 7th innings snoozing on the...
Athletics Nation Jun 29, 2015

Dear Oakland A's: Free Mark Canha!

The Oakland A's just got swept by the Kansas City Royals, and it is what it is. The team with the best record in the league beat a team with one of the worst records, even though the A's came in on a major hot streak. The A's might well pick up tonight right where they left off in Texas, and all we would have learned is that the Royals are really good this year. Even at Oakland's best, they still might not win a series against Kansas City. But there is one aspect of that series that I just couldn't handle. I don't think this was the A's best. I don't think they put their best players on the...
Athletics Nation Jun 29, 2015

Oakland A's series preview: Colorado Rockies to play 23 feet below sea level

The Athletics hope to stop their current losing streak in its tracks as the Colorado Rockies come to town. The Colorado Rockies (33-42) descend from the Mile High City down to Coliseum digs 23 feet below sea level to face the Oakland Athletics (34-44). Colorado, like the A's, finds itself in last place in its division, though in the case of the Rockies it's because every part of its pitching staff is giving away runs at home and on the road, so it's not just the thin Rocky Mountain air. The Rockies have lost 12 of their last 18, including two of three while visiting the Giants over the...
Athletics Nation Jun 29, 2015

MLB All-Star Game 2015: Should Sonny Gray start for the American League?

Plus an update on the American League voting, with Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt still lagging behind Salvador Perez and Josh Reddick still on the leaderboard. Oakland Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt picked up about 1.1 million votes, but Russell Martin picked up 1.7 million votes to fall further behind in the race for second place in the American League All-Star catcher voting. Royals catcher Salvador Perez earned 1.4 million more votes but still leads the catcher voting by over five million with three days remaining to vote. Josh Reddick was passed by Jacoby Ellsbury to fall to 11th in...
Athletics Nation Jun 29, 2015

In Defense of the Donaldson Trade

Of all the recent trades Billy Beane has made, sending Josh Donaldson to the Blue Jays was perhaps the most maligned. Six months later, how does that trade look? Despite the encouraging play of late, I think we can all agree that 2015 has been a disappointing season thus far for A's fans. We've gotten used to winning in the past few years, and it's just not fun to be toward the bottom of the division looking up. To make matters worse, the best player on our 2013 and 2014 teams, Josh Donaldson, is playing like an MVP in a different city (a different country!), making highlight reel catches...
Athletics Nation Jun 29, 2015

Farm Report: A's Organizational All-Star Team

Early last week, I ran a piece on my Athletics Farm site selecting the A's 2015 Mid-Season Organizational All-Star Team that I thought some of you Athletics Nation readers might enjoy having a look at here too. I think it offers a good chance to take a look at how some of the primary players in the system have been performing through the first half of the minor league season. The criteria for inclusion are listed below, but one quick note - Midland catcher Carson Blair, who's been hitting well this season, is not included because he wasn't playing regularly early in the season, has spent a...
Athletics Nation Jun 28, 2015


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    Lawrie's Hitting Should Remind You Of Someone...But Not Cespedes...

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