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Athletics Nation 1 hour ago

The Oakland A's rotation was always going to be a question mark but this is ridiculous

Thank goodness for Rich Hill. Without him, the Oakland A's could be challenging the Twins for the worst record in the league. The 2016 A's have been about what we thought they'd be, for the most part. The bullpen has been good, the offense has been decent at times, and the defense has been Custian. That's most of the recipe of a .500ish team, if you add in a competent rotation. But the inexperience and injury risk of Oakland's starting five made their performances the biggest unknown entering the season, with the question being how far they could carry the team. The answer to that question...
Athletics Nation 7 hours ago

Why Not Daniel Mengden?

Things are never as bad as they seem in the moment. That is my takeaway from Tuesday night's devastating Oakland A's walk-off loss to the Seattle Mariners. For many that one loss was enough to begin asking these questions: Who should the A's trade and for what kind of package? Can Ryan Madson really be the lockdown closer he was the first month-plus of the season? Was Sonny Gray's implosion and eventual exile to the disabled list a harbinger of doom? There's no possible way the A's can come back from this, can they? I can't answer all those questions, and I don't pretend to have good...
Athletics Nation 9 hours ago

What will a shrunken strike zone mean for Oakland A's run prevention?

Recently, news came out that baseball plans to implement key rule changes as early as next season. First, the league plans to change its increasingly gigantic strike zone by cutting the bottom of the zone. As it stands, the zone extends to the bottom of the kneecap. Over the years, umpires have extended that definition, calling more and more strikes below the kneecap. Changing the ruling is an attempt to curtail those extra strikes and increase offense. In addition to the strike zone, baseball will make intentional walks automatic. Instead of lobbing four awkward tosses to the catcher,...
Athletics Nation 21 hours ago

Game #48: The One Where They Should Have Won Yesterday

The A's drop a close one in Seattle tonight by the final score of 13-3 as Zach Neal, a pitcher I've literally never heard of, gave up seven earned runs to the Mariners in his four innings. The Mariners hit four home runs tonight and dominated the A's to win the series. Tonight was never the night the A's should have won; they blew the series with yesterday's loss. Well, I'd just like to say that thank goodness it is National Wine Day, because you sure weren't getting through this game and last night's without some help. You knew this one was coming; the A's blew a perfectly good series win...
Athletics Nation May 25, 2016

Matt Chapman is getting reps at shortstop for Double-A Midland

On Tuesday, top prospect Matt Chapman played shortstop for the Double-A Midland RockHounds. After starting the game on the bench, the slugger entered in the 2nd inning to replace outfielder Danny Oh. There are a lot of ways that the Hounds could have adjusted their defensive alignment to put Chapman at his natural position of third base, but instead they stuck him at short. Grab your popcorn, because this is starting to get interesting. This isn't the first time Chapman has played shortstop this season. In fact, it's the seventh time. The first came in April, when fellow infielder Wade...
Athletics Nation May 25, 2016

Chris Coghlan: Killed by the shift and the outside strike

Teams are shifting and throwing outside strikes to Chris Coghlan like crazy. Can the Oakland Athletics utilityman overcome it? Here is Chris Coghlan on a list of worst batting averages on balls in play, minimum 130 plate appearances: .158 Ryan Howard .161 Chris Coghlan .182 Yan Gomes .185 Corey Dickerson Coghlan does not historically have a poor BABIP, he's .308 for his career, .284 in 2015, and .337 in 2014. His quality of contact isn't much changed, he's making about the same quality of contact as his successful 2014: His line drive percentage is down a little bit, but...
Athletics Nation May 25, 2016

Oakland A's 2016 Player Profile: Billy Burns

Billy Burns is the human equivalent of unassuming. At 5'9" and 170 pounds, he barely looks like a professional athlete, but as soon as he steps onto the field he turns into a superhero. A bloop hit to right and he's on first before the outfielder can collect the ball. Don't blink, or he'll already be twiddling his thumbs on second. Don't hit anything in his vicinity, or he'll be under it like a magnet. No show-boating, no flash, Burns embodies the gift of speed and utilizes it to its full potential. The 26-year-old Burns hails from the northern part of Georgia in a...
Athletics Nation May 25, 2016

Oakland A's activate Jed Lowrie & Zach Neal, option Daniel Coulombe & Max Muncy

The Athletics get their second baseman back. They also officially make their move on who will be up for Sonny Gray, at least for now. The Oakland Athletics announced two roster moves ahead of Wednesday's contest against the Seattle Mariners. The club activated second baseman Jed Lowrie from the 15-day disabled list and called up right-handed starting pitcher Zach Neal to make Wednesday's start. The A's optioned corner infielder-outfielder Max Muncy and left-handed reliever Daniel Coulombe to Triple-A Nashville. The A's now have 12 players on the disabled list, which is still the most since...
Athletics Nation May 25, 2016

Game #47: A's one strike away from a win, lose on Leonys Martin walkoff dinger

This one hurts. The A's had the Mariners down to their final strike, but a poorly placed changeup ended the night in an A's loss. This is a contender for most painful loss of the year. An inauspicious start I try to avoid talking about microcosms because I think so often we get caught up in finding them when they don't exist. But the first inning tonight was such a microcosm of Kendall Graveman. He struck out the first batter up, the resurgent Leonys Martin with a few nasty sinkers. Seth Smith got the inning going to follow with a single to left. Robinson Cano doubled on a well hit ball to...
Athletics Nation May 24, 2016

Game Thread #47: A's at Mariners (2)

To the top of the sixth we go, the A's are down only 2-1 in spite of a less than stellar Graveman start. Coco Crisp has the A's on the board thanks to another solo dinger. Let's rally!
Athletics Nation May 24, 2016

Game #47: A's at Mariners

The A's try and take game two of this three game set against division leading Seattle. Good evening A's fans. Welcome to those of you not watching the literal or figurative nut kicking that is the Warriors series. In a borderline do or die series, the A's took game one last night in convincing fashion. Rich Hill pitched 8 shutout innings, continuing his riveting story, Ace from the Ashes. Kendall Graveman gets the nod tonight, hoping to get similar results in spite of being nothing like Hill. Can Graveman find that early season form, be the pitcher we all know he's capable of being? In the...
Athletics Nation May 24, 2016

Oakland A's relievers by the numbers: Ryan Madson has cleaned up the 9th inning

Rich Hill pitched on Monday, which means we won't have good news about the starting rotation again until this weekend when he goes again. Instead, let's take a look at the bullpen. Here's one key stat for each of the eight relievers currently on the 25-man roster, one of whom will go down on Wednesday to make room for spot starter Zach Neal. As a whole, the relief corps ranks middle-of-the-pack in MLB in the big-picture stats, but they're among 11 teams that have blown only four saves or fewer. They are listed here from the best ERA to the worst. Ryan Madson, RHP | 92.3% That's his...
Athletics Nation May 24, 2016

Who will be the next Nashville Sound to make his way to the Oakland A's?

It's not even June yet, and already the Oakland A's have dipped heavily into their farm system for reinforcements. With an entire starting rotation on the disabled list, plus four regular position players and a few more depth guys out, the Triple-A Nashville Sounds are providing new reinforcements on what feels like a daily basis. A quick rundown of the DL situation, with italics denoting that the player is out for the season: SP: Sonny, Bassitt, Doubront, Alvarez, ParkerRP: Hendriks, Alvarez (the other one)C/IF: Phegley, Lowrie, Canha, SogardOF: Reddick, Fuld That's 13 players...
Athletics Nation May 24, 2016

Game #46: Hill tosses shutout against M's offense, A's win 5-0

Rich Hill looked magnificent on the mound and Oakland's offense came to play in the late frames, for a much-needed victory against the first-place Seattle Mariners. The A's needed that win, and they needed that win badly. Rich Hill delivered eight shutout innings against a potent Mariners offense; while the green and gold managed to tack on five runs in the late frames. Hill's curveball looked absolutely nasty against the opposition, as did Taijuan Walker's fastball; but the A's powered through as the M's defense crumbled in the eighth. Recap in progress.
Athletics Nation May 23, 2016

Game Thread #46: A's at Mariners (2)

If you love pitching and defense, than this is the ballgame for you! Rich Hill and Taijuan Walker are racking up zeros so fast, that the game just might be over by 9 PM. The only run of the contest thus far -- came in the top of the seventh via the long ball to right field, courtesy of Stephen Vogt. We're heading to the top of the eighth -- A's 1, M's 0.
Athletics Nation May 23, 2016

Game #46: A's at Mariners

Rich Hill looks to get his ball club back in the win column after a promising three-game sweep against Texas Rangers, turned into a mediocre home stand -- when the New York Yankees swept the green and gold at the Coliseum, in a four-game series for the first time in the 21st century. Tonight's opener begins at 7:10 PM PDT on CSN California, MLB TV, or via radio broadcast on 95.7 The Game. The A's got off to a solid start on their seven-game home stand by sweeping the Texas Rangers in a three-game series, which was highlighted by a three-homer night for Khris Davis -- who somehow magically...
Athletics Nation May 23, 2016

Good Oakland A's injury news for Josh Reddick & Henderson Alvarez

The Athletics finally get some relatively good news on the injury front, plus rehab updates on Josh Phegley and Jed Lowrie. Good news about Josh Reddick's thumb and Henderson Alvarez's shoulder are coming out of pre-game tweets from Oakland A's beat writers Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle and John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group. Initial estimates for Reddick's broken thumb were for a four to six week absence and Alvarez was taken out of his last rehab start an inning early with shoulder discomfort. But after Reddick saw a hand specialist today and Alvarez had his MRI...
Athletics Nation May 23, 2016

Oakland A's at Seattle Mariners series preview: Do or die time for Oakland

The Oakland Athletics (19-26) visit the Seattle Mariners (26-17) for three games at Safeco Field, where the faint embers of Oakland's AL West chances can either be breathed to life or snuffed out. Trailing the Mariners by eight games in the AL West, the A's in their weakened state must do all they can to win at least one game out of the three in Seattle and avoid falling behind double digit games in the division. They'll have this year's top starter, Rich Hill, in Game 1, Kendall Graveman for Game 2, and most likely Zach Neal in the finale. In the 16 games since the Mariners swept the A's...
Athletics Nation May 23, 2016

AL West Week 7 recap: Oakland A's sweep then swept, fall back further

The Athletics fall back further after what feels like a disaster of a week. Here's our weekly review of the AL West. The AL West appears to have settled into a two-team race between Seattle and Texas, and a number of intra-division matchups could cement the leading and trailing groups. The A's are playing three in Seattle, where a sweep against puts Oakland 11 games out and a sweep in favor puts Oakland within five. The Angels are playing the Rangers, and a similar swing is on the line. Here are the Week 7 standings, with 19 weeks to go: Standings through May...
Athletics Nation May 23, 2016

Farm Report: More A's Prospects Moving On Up

There have been an awful lot of players on the move in the A's system over the past couple of weeks. Prospects like Max Muncy, Ryon Healy, Jaycob Brugman, Tyler Marincov and Ryan Doolittle have all been moving on up, while #1 draft pick Richie Martin seems set to join Stockton on Monday, and it looks like pitcher Zach Neal could be returning to the A's to take Sonny Gray's spot in the starting rotation this week. You can always stay up to date on the A's top prospects and all the daily action in the A's minor league system on my Athletics Farm site and you can get the latest on who's been...

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