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Athletics Nation Aug 26, 2015

2015 Oakland A's designated hitter breakdown: Guessing wrong

The Athletics got it wrong in picking their designated hitter. Now it's back to the drawing board. The first significant move of the Oakland Athletics 2014-15 offseason was to sign Billy Butler for three years and $30 million, betting that the bad body hitter turning 29 could return to the form he enjoyed not that long ago for the Kansas City Royals. There was an older bad body hitter also coming off a bad season the A's could have gone after, Kendrys Morales, that the Royals ultimately did sign. The A's guessed wrong, and the Royals come out looking like geniuses. There's no one right way...
Athletics Nation Aug 26, 2015

Game #128: M's Cruz Past A's 8-2

Mariners swung the bat early and often batting around in the first inning to spoil Bully Burns lead-off home run as they secure the series win in today's 8-2 Oakland loss. After allowing a Billy Burns lead-off home run, Felix Hernandez stifled the A's bats the rest of the game allowing just three hits in 8.0 innings. Meanwhile, Chris Bassitt got hit, albeit softly, for fours runs in the first inning, which would be all the Mariners would need today for the 8-2 Oakland loss. Full Recap Pending.
Athletics Nation Aug 26, 2015

Game Thread #128: A's at M's

The King holds court today as Chris Bassitt takes on Felix Hernandez in this mid-day rubber match. Despite his lofty nickname, Felix has been less than kingly this month. He has a 8.18 ERA in August losing his past two starts. On August 15, King Felix was shelled for 10 earned runs in just 2.1 innings. In comparison he recovered in his last start, but still took the loss giving up four earned in 6.0 IP. He last faced Oakland on July 4 where he also took the loss, but he gave up only 2 earned that day as Kendall Graveman threw 7.0 shutout innings for the win. Today Felix faces another young...
Athletics Nation Aug 26, 2015

Oakland A's prospect watch: Colin Walsh steps up at 2B, Ryan Dull and Brendan McCurry in pen

Before the season began, Athletics Nation voted on its annual Community Prospect List, ranking the 25 best players in the minors. With hope for the playoffs dwindling by the day, it's time for us to take a look at how those top prospects are doing. For the full 2015 list, as well as a list of the different categories that I've separated the prospects into, scroll to the bottom of the post. Today, we will visit some prospects who didn't make our preseason list but are Stepping Up in 2015. There are a lot of names you could argue for in this section and in fact there was too much for me to...
Athletics Nation Aug 26, 2015

Game #127: A's Squander Early 5-0 Lead, Lose

In a near-exact reversal of last night, the A's built a 5-0 lead by the second inning, knocking out Seattle starter, Mike Montgomery. Unfortunately, Jesse Chavez and the bullpen couldn't hold the lead, and Seattle stormed back to win 6-5. Ho hum. Recap to follow...
Athletics Nation Aug 25, 2015

Oakland A's lineup by the numbers: Mark Canha is carrying the offense

... but Stephen Vogt is helping too. The Oakland A's lineup has undergone some changes lately, and some new heroes have emerged who played little to no role in the first half of the season. It can be confusing to keep up with this club and its revolving door of players, so let's take a quick look at each of the names to see who's here, who's hot, and who's not. I'm sticking to the 14 position players on the active roster, so if he's on the DL or in the minors then he's not here. The A's hitters, ranked by OPS+ such that a mark of 100 is average, 90 is 10% below average, and 120 is 20% above...
Athletics Nation Aug 25, 2015

A's win 11-5 in triumphant return for Wash

We all know the reason the A's somehow won a game pitching 7 innings with their bullpen and being down 5-0 was because of the magical Ron Washington. This game had all the makings of a terrible, boring, awful loss. Somehow the A's delightfully flipped the script. Thank you based Wash. A's starter Felix Doubront did not look sharp at all to start the game. In the second inning Robinson Cano seared a liner directly into the right foot of Doubront, sending him limping. He gutted out the rest of the inning (luckily Cano's steal of second base was overturned on replay, which showed him over...
Athletics Nation Aug 25, 2015

Ron Washington coaches third base for Oakland A's for first time since 2006

Ron Washington was named the Oakland A's new third base coach on Monday, retaking the job that he held from 1997-2006. But we all know the rule: Pics or it didn't happen. We don't make the rules, we only follow them. Wash looks excited to be back in the coaching box! I call this a Wash-tage. #Athletics pic.twitter.com/gJDhh21WH3 — Casey Pratt (@CaseyPrattCSN) August 25, 2015 Waving home a runner! Wash says go. pic.twitter.com/7igw2NA4uo — Casey Pratt (@CaseyPrattCSN) August 25, 2015 The debut wasn't perfect, though. Staring at a 5-0 deficit, with the bases loaded and two out...
Athletics Nation Aug 25, 2015

GameThread #126: A's at Mariners (2)

The return of the Wash has changed our luck so far. A's up 7-5, going to the top of the 7th. Let's go Oakland! And pizza! and Beer!
Athletics Nation Aug 24, 2015

Oakland A's place Kendall Graveman on disabled list, recall Max Muncy

The Athletics right-hander will likely be shut down for the rest of the year, with the A's out of contention. The Oakland Athletics placed Kendall Graveman on the 15-day disabled list and recalled corner infielder Max Muncy before Monday's game against the Seattle Mariners. Graveman left Sunday's game with an oblique strain that will likely keep him out for the remainder of the season. The A's will need a fifth starter on Friday, and Aaron Brooks is on turn with Triple-A Nashville to start that day. With Max Muncy, the A's will temporarily go to 14 position players. There's a strong...
Athletics Nation Aug 24, 2015

Ron Washington named Oakland A's third base coach, Mike Gallego relieved of duties

The Oakland Athletics have announced that special defense instructor Ron Washington has been named third base coach for the remainder of the 2015 season. Mike Gallego has been relieved of his duties: The A’s have named Ron Washington third base coach for the remainder of the season. Mike Gallego has been relieved of his duties. — Oakland Athletics (@Athletics) August 24, 2015 This is a breaking news story. Check back for updates.
Athletics Nation Aug 24, 2015

Farm Report: August A's Affiliate Update

Well, with the end of August arriving, there's just two weeks left in the minor league season. So let's take a quick look at what's been happening with each of the A's six affiliates over the past month. You can always stay up to date on all the daily action in the A's minor league system on my Athletics Farm site and you can get the latest A's minor league news right here on Athletics Nation... SEASON'S TOP PERFORMERS: 3B Matt Chapman (Stockton - A+) 23 HR / 39 BB / 77 K / .259 AVG / .353 OBP / .587 SLG / .940 OPS 2B Colin Walsh (Midland - AA) 12 HR / 102 BB / 122 K / .303 AVG / .437...
Athletics Nation Aug 24, 2015

Oakland A's injuries: Kendall Graveman's strained oblique could be season-ending

Oakland A's starting pitcher Kendall Graveman suffered a strained oblique on Sunday and might be done for the year, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. The right-hander was cruising through six scoreless innings against the Tampa Bay Rays, yielding just three hits and a walk with three strikeouts, but he was replaced by Sean Doolittle to start the seventh with his pitch count at only 84. Given that obliques usually take several weeks to heal, the season might be over by the time Graveman is ready to return. Some specifics, via Joe Stiglich of CSN: Graveman felt his...
Athletics Nation Aug 23, 2015

Game #125: A's Salvage an 8-2 Win

With late inning excitement, the A’s salvage one of three this weekend. Today’s game yielded 11 hits and 8 runs with no errors. Tampa Bay picked up 2 runs on 7 hits along with 2 errors (Cabrera and Loney). A pitching dual with excellent balls/strikes calls from Crew Chief Dana Demuth gave way to the A's drawing first blood in the fourth inning at O.co.  After Rays' RHP Odorizzi struck out Butler, Sogard, and Fuld in the third to retire the side—the A's blasted back with a Billy Burns leadoff triple.  Burns took it into the right-center gap and ran so fast that he kicked up dust...
Athletics Nation Aug 23, 2015

Game #125: Athletics versus Rays [2]

A's ahead 8-2 going into the bottom of the 8th. In the 7th, the A's score 7 runs on 8 hits and turn a 2-4 deficit into an 8-2 lead.  Hot bat of the day? Tough call, but the nod probably goes to Cahna who cleared the bases with a double. Side note:  Blue Jays beat the Angels while we were having fun.  Stay thirsty, my friend!
Athletics Nation Aug 23, 2015

Game #125: Oakland Athletics versus Tampa Bay Rays

Great start by Graveman! Bottom of the second, 0-0. Well, Athletics Nation...it happened again: A ninth inning blown save. There were highlights in last night's game, however. Billy Burns made a web-gem diving catch; this helped offset his cold, 0-4 bat. We saw a great diving catch from the ball boy down the left side as well; my favorite part of that was Longo throwing up his arms and yelling "Yeah!!!!!" [Or I assume that's what he yelled as I was on the first base side last night.] Cahna homered as did Phegley. Nice. There was even classy A's fans posting a Jaso-love banner. ...
Athletics Nation Aug 22, 2015

Oakland A's activate Sean Doolittle, option Dan Otero, transfer Ike Davis to 60-day disabled list

The Athletics left-hander's velocity was up from where it was in his first comeback attempt in May. The Oakland Athletics activated left-handed reliever Sean Doolittle from the 60-day disabled list after several strong relief outings with the Triple-A Nashville Sounds ahead of Saturday night's Star Wars Fireworks night game. To clear space on the active roster, right-handed reliever Dan Otero was optioned to Nashville. To clear space on the 40-man roster, first baseman Ike Davis was transferred from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list. ★★★ Sean Doolittle made five...
Athletics Nation Aug 22, 2015

Is Chad Pinder Ahead Of Joey Wendle On The Depth Chart?

The A's know where their biggest weaknesses lie as they look ahead to 2016. Along with the beleaguered bullpen, LF and 2B have been the areas most in need of long-term stability. Both are currently manned by players who can field but can't hit (Eric Sogard, Sam Fuld), players who can hit but can't field (Mark Canha) or who are better served in a platoon (Jake Smolinski) or who can't hit, throw, or stay healthy but are really cool (Coco Crisp). In all likelihood the A's will look outside the organization for the LFer who will join the young team Oakland has assembled across Oakland,...
Athletics Nation Aug 22, 2015

Game #123: A's Fail Spectacularly to Earn Bassitt Another Loss

Tonight, Chris Bassitt took as hard of a loss as you'll see, pitching nearly seven innings, allowing just six hits and one run. For most of the game, it looked like he would lose 1-0, but thanks to Evan Scribner, the Rays increased their lead to 2-0 in the ninth, and the A's, who failed on offense all night, would put up the ultimate tease; scoring one and stranding the tying and winning runs on second and third in their chance at the ninth. Happy Friday! I hope you all started drinking early, 'cause you certainly needed it to get through this game. It looked for all the world like Chris...
Athletics Nation Aug 21, 2015

Oakland A's injury update: Ike Davis out for season, Sean Doolittle back soon

Oakland A's first baseman Ike Davis will miss the rest of the 2015 season due to a torn labrum in his hip that will require surgery, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Davis hit the DL on Wednesday, at which time the injury had been deemed a strained hip, but an MRI revealed the full extent of the damage. The obvious replacement for Davis at first base is Mark Canha, who has started the team's last eight games anyway (seven of them at 1B). Canha has responded to that opportunity with a batting line of .424/.472/.636 (1.109 OPS) with one homer, three walks and only...

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