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Athletics Nation Aug 19, 2017
Game Thread #123: Athletics at Astros

Game Thread #123: Athletics at Astros

The A’s may be a mere 19-38 on the road, and an unfortunate 2-11 versus the Astros, specifically. They may have dropped the first game of the series, and Kendall Graveman may have an ERA above seven since his return from the disabled list. But there is always a chance, despite the probabilities, and in each and every game, the team looks a little more complete, and the A’s get to show fans a multitude of reasons to hope for the future. Graveman will be opposed by Astros starter Colin McHugh. First pitch is at 4:05. Lineups are below. A's at Astros: pic.twitter.com/dMjOGOxpoa— Susan...
Athletics Nation Aug 19, 2017
Oakland A’s prospect watch: New sleepers in the lower minors

Oakland A’s prospect watch: New sleepers in the lower minors

Here at Athletics Nation we follow the Oakland A’s farm system quite closely. Foremost, we’ve got our own crowdsourced Top 30 list. Beyond that, there’s a whole other set of fringe guys we keep an eye on. And then there’s the rest of the org filler, who aren’t on the radar but occasionally do something interesting. This post is about the limbo between those last two groups, the no-names aspiring to climb into the fringes of relevancy. We already talk a lot about the upper minors, between Triple-A Nashville and Double-A Midland, so today we’re sticking in the lower minors —...
Athletics Nation Aug 18, 2017
Game Thread #122: Oakland Athletics at Houston Astros

Game Thread #122: Oakland Athletics at Houston Astros

In a weird, weird baseball season, in which the Los Angeles Angels have a chance at the playoffs with their barely-.500 record, the Houston Astros have stood out early and often in the West; boasting the second-best records in the Major Leagues—second only to the record-setting Los Angeles Dodgers. It’s these Astros that the A’s will see today in Houston, as Sean Manaea will face off against Dallas Keuchel, who is fresh off a win in the battle-for-Texas series last week. Here are your lineups for tonight’s contest: Today's Lineups OAKLAND A'S HOUSTON ASTROS Rajai Davis...
Athletics Nation Aug 18, 2017
Oakland A’s bullpen shakeup and injury updates

Oakland A’s bullpen shakeup and injury updates

We’re in the dog days of August, but the Oakland A’s new group of rookie hitters is managing to keep the end of this last-place season interesting. What about the rest of the roster, though? Here are some minor updates from the last several days. Injury news C Josh Phegley began a rehab assignment in Triple-A Nashville on Wednesday. Phegley last played for Oakland on July 24, and went on the disabled list a few days later with a strained oblique. He’s played two games for the Sounds this week, going 2-for-7 with a walk, three strikeouts, and a sac fly. While he’s out, Dustin...
Athletics Nation Aug 18, 2017
Athletics at Astros: Falling Back to Earth

Athletics at Astros: Falling Back to Earth

The A’s appeared poised to disrupt a multitude of teams in the thick of the Wild Card chase the last ten days, or so, but the nine game homestand was largely fruitless. Due to the A’s ability to pitch going entirely out the window, the team went 3-6 over the nine games, allowing at least six runs in each loss. The team has now given up more runs than any other MLB team outside of the Reds, and is sporting a collective ERA of 4.76. Normally a strength, the pitching has been a big issue all season for the A’s, and for the team to begin its new era of competitiveness next year and...
Athletics Nation Aug 16, 2017
Potpourri: Manaea’s “Dead Arm” And Powell’s Best Comp

Potpourri: Manaea’s “Dead Arm” And Powell’s Best Comp

Sean Manaea and “Dead Arm” By all accounts, Sean Manaea is not feeling any pain in his arm and while players aren’t always entirely truthful with coaches or with media one has to, at this point, take him at his word. So you can understand the A’s continuing to trot Manaea out there even if his fastball velocity is down and even if he is struggling to get batters out. After all, if you want a pitcher to build up arm strength and stamina for a full season’s workload, then you have to let him reach higher and higher innings markers. If you want a pitcher to emerge from a “dead...
Athletics Nation Aug 16, 2017
Game #121: A’s fight to the end but fall short 7-6

Game #121: A’s fight to the end but fall short 7-6

The Oakland A’s nearly earned their second comeback win in under 24 hours, but the Kansas City Royals held on this time for a 7-6 victory Wednesday afternoon. Once again the A’s never gave up in this game, even down to their 27th out — and arguably their 28th. Unfortunately, the Royals did just enough to wrap up the series win. *** Click here to revisit today’s Game Thread! *** Quick summary: Paul Blackburn got knocked around early, but more than anything he beat himself with wildness. Marcus Semien homered, but the A’s eventually went down 5-2, and then 6-4. Then, in the 8th...
Athletics Nation Aug 16, 2017
Oakland A’s acquire LHP Sam Moll from Rockies

Oakland A’s acquire LHP Sam Moll from Rockies

The reliever will head to AAA Nashville. The A’s acquired LHP Sam Moll from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for cash or a player to be named later. #Athletics acquire LHP Sam Moll from Colorado for a PTBNL or cash and option him to Nashville; also option RHP Josh Smith to Nashville— Oakland A's ⚾️ (@Athletics) August 16, 2017 Moll has spent his 2017 in AAA, pitching for the Albuquerque Isotopes. He’s posted a 4.18 ERA in 47.1 innings, inducing 39 strikeouts. He’s never been particularly impressive in his professional career, though his numbers have been decent. He was...
Athletics Nation Aug 15, 2017
Oakland A’s acquire pitcher Chris Hatcher from Dodgers

Oakland A’s acquire pitcher Chris Hatcher from Dodgers

The right hander will likely move into the A’s bullpen immediately The A’s announced the acquisition of Chris Hatcher from the Dodgers in exchange for $500k in international bonus money. #Athletics acquire RHP Chris Hatcher from the Los Angeles Dodgers for international bonus slot money.— Oakland A's ⚾️ (@Athletics) August 15, 2017 Hatcher has appeared in 26 games for the Dodgers this year, posting a 4.66 ERA over 26.2 innings. He’s shown reasonable stuff over his career, consistently striking out batters with enough frequency to spend the vast majority of his time on a...
Athletics Nation Aug 14, 2017
Athletics vs Royals: Royal Pains

Athletics vs Royals: Royal Pains

Rickey Henderson Field couldn’t contain Oakland nor Baltimore over the four-game weekend series, as the two ball clubs alternated overpowering, homer-happy performances from each of the offenses. Each game that was played, close or not, had an air of excitement surrounding it, for even though the A’s have long been out of the playoff chase, pretty much all of their competition is fighting tooth and nail for a chance to play baseball in October and November, giving each game just the smallest hint of a playoff vibe. Watching the newest A’s take on teams that are desperate, or pulling...
Athletics Nation Aug 14, 2017
Farm Report: A’s Top Draft Picks Progress Report

Farm Report: A’s Top Draft Picks Progress Report

The A’s were fortunate enough to be able to sign all of their 11 picks from the first 10 rounds of this year's amateur draft. And it’s been almost two months since the first of those players signed by the A’s began playing with the Class-A Vermont Lake Monsters or the rookie-ball Arizona League A’s. So, this week on my Athletics Farm site, I took a look at how some the A’s newest prospects have been performing down on the farm. You’ll find the A’s top 11 picks from the first 10 rounds of the 2017 draft along with their current statistics through Sunday, August 13 listed...
Athletics Nation Aug 13, 2017
Game #118: A’s Ride Long Ball, Down Orioles 9-3

Game #118: A’s Ride Long Ball, Down Orioles 9-3

Kendall Graveman was excellent... ***Check out today’s Game Thread*** Homers from Joyce, Olson, and Chapman. A multi-hit effort from Healy and Joyce. And seven strong innings from KG. A’s split the series. Orioles fall to 2 below .500. Full recap to follow.
Athletics Nation Aug 13, 2017
Game #117: Manaea is Not Right

Game #117: Manaea is Not Right

It ain’t over till it’s over. Unless a probably injured or fatigued Sean Manaea is set to start despite his fastball being four MPH slower than it usually is. **Click Here to Revisit the Game Thread** Manaea was terrible. After facing six batters and throwing 28 pitches he couldn’t retire a single Oriole, the lone out Manaea recorded coming on an out at the plate on a run-scoring double, following a strong relay from Khris Davis and Marcus Semien. His fastball was topping out in the high 80’s, and he frequently missed his location right down the heart of the plate. All in all,...
Athletics Nation Aug 12, 2017
Game Thread #117: Athletics vs Orioles

Game Thread #117: Athletics vs Orioles

The A’s and Orioles have split the first two games of this four game series. The A’s offense hasn’t taken advantage of the struggling Orioles’ starting pitching in the first two games, but will seek success against hot-and-cold (but hot of late) starter Dylan Bundy. Oakland will counter with hot-and-cold (but cold of late) starter Sean Manaea. Both starters enter tonight’s game with an ERA of 4.15. Boog Powell had an asthma attack prior to last night’s game, but should be good to go tonight and will make his A’s debut, leading off and playing center field. First pitch is at...
Athletics Nation Aug 11, 2017
Ranking the Oakland A’s nicknames

Ranking the Oakland A’s nicknames

The Athletics, from Philadelphia to Oakland, have a rich history of nicknames. Longtime skipper and owner Cornelius McGillicuddy mercifully went by Connie Mack, and he managed such players as Home Run Baker, Chief Bender, Lefty Grove, and Rube Waddell, not to mention Jimmie “Double X” Foxx. It was a simpler time. As the years went on and the team moved to Kansas City and then Oakland, the fun monikers continued. Most non-A’s fans probably can’t tell you Catfish Hunter’s real name, and even many A’s fans might not know Blue Moon Odom’s. Others, like Campy and Rollie, at least...
Birds Watcher Aug 11, 2017

Baltimore Orioles win first game against Oakland Athletics

A bunch of late-night home runs help the Baltimore Orioles get the win over the Oakland Athletics in the first of the four-game series. Baltimore Orioles rookie Trey Mancini flexed his muscles to lead the team in scoring in the 7-2 win. The combination of strong offense and quality pitching from Wade Miley showed the […] Baltimore Orioles win first game against Oakland Athletics - Birds Watcher - Birds Watcher - A Baltimore Orioles Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Athletics Nation Aug 10, 2017
Athletics vs Orioles: May the Best K/Chris Win

Athletics vs Orioles: May the Best K/Chris Win

The A’s may have gotten swept in their short series against Seattle and allowed the Mariners to soar above .500 in a way that no other non-Astros AL West team has managed to do all season and procure the second Wild Card spot, but the team can still play spoiler yet. Meanwhile, the Astros are looking more and more beatable by the day, and it’s possible that the Astros reign of terror over the A’s, and the rest of the west, is coming to a close, even if its nigh impossible for any team to catch them before the season ends. · Houston: 71-42 · Seattle: 59-56 · ...
Athletics Nation Aug 10, 2017
Elephant Rumblings: Khrush’s Creature; Ballpark and Jersey Feedback

Elephant Rumblings: Khrush’s Creature; Ballpark and Jersey Feedback

What do you think of the nickname jerseys? Prospect Watch: Mengden was very sharp in his rehab outing. Read more from the A’s farm. Q&A with 2017 Oakland draftee Wyatt Marks... ICYMI: The M’s Cruzed their way past Oakland yesterday afternoon... Player’s Tribune: Khris Davis’s honest reflection on his throwing struggles... The A’s are lucky to have the fans... Oakland might be developing a superstar... What do you want in the new stadium? The team is dying to know... The best and worst MLB player nicknames... 58 players won’t have nicknames on their uniforms. Here is a full...
Athletics Nation Aug 9, 2017
Eyeball Scout Leers At Cotton, Healy, Olson

Eyeball Scout Leers At Cotton, Healy, Olson

The Eyeball Scout is not one to get overly concerned about a couple bumps in the road, but he also knows that there are bumps and there are bumps. Three young players, Jharel Cotton, Ryon Healy, and Matt Olson have taken their share of lumps recently – well, in Olson’s case less ‘lumps’ as ‘a lot of packing and unpacking’ but he also still struggles to make contact against big league pitching – and the question is, can they succeed going forward without specific adjustments. Spoiler alert: No. Jharel Cotton I have been a believer in Jharel Cotton and continue to think he has...
Athletics Nation Aug 9, 2017
Oakland A’s prospect watch: Renato Nunez has 30 home runs for Triple-A Nashville

Oakland A’s prospect watch: Renato Nunez has 30 home runs for Triple-A Nashville

The Oakland A’s recalled yet another top prospect from Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday, with Matt Olson moving up to replace 1B Yonder Alonso. But still, more promising talent remains in the team’s highest minor league affiliate. One of the next names yearning for a call is slugger Renato Nunez. The 23-year-old hit his 30th home run on Sunday, which leads the entire minor leagues. There isn’t a player at any level(s) with more dingers this year, and he’s creeping up on the Sounds’ franchise record. Furthermore, he’s doing all of this while playing home games in a power-suppressing...

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