A's-Rays stat pack

A's-Rays stat pack
July 30, 2012, 7:33 pm
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The Oakland A's return home after a six-game road trip to take on the Tampa Bay Rays in a three-game series starting Monday, July 30. Back in May, the A's won the series against the Rays 2-1.

With two games left in July, the A's have a chance to finish the month with the 2nd best July winning Pct in the Modern Era. The previous 7 teams to have a winning pct of .800 or better in July all reached the World Series.

Highest Winning Pct in July
Since 1900
1941 Yankees .862 25-4 2012 Athletics .818 18-4 1945 Cubs .813 26-6 1913 Giants .806 25-6 1947 Yankees .800 24-6 1968 Cardinals .800 24-6 1938 Yankees .800 20-5 2004 Cardinals .800 20-5 Reached World Series

Since ending their 9-game losing streak in early June, the A's have the best record in Baseball:
Best Records in Majors since June 2nd
Athletics 33-16 .673 Yankees 32-18 .640 Reds 32-18 .640 Pirates 32-18 .640 Nationals 32-19 .627
The A's have won their last 5 home games and dating back to June 6th have been nearly unbeatable at home:
Oakland Athletics
Last 23 Home Games
Record 18-5 1-Run Games 8-3
Walk-Off Wins 8 RunsGame 4.0 ERA 2.38 Best Home Record in MLB since June 6th

Offense on Road Trip
Record 4-2
Average .281 AVG wRISP .392 RunsGame 8 HR 10 Doubles 16 Triples 3 Steals 5 for 5
If there was a Post-All-Star Game MVP, Yoenis Cespedes would be the run away leader:
Yoenis Cespedes
Since All-Star Break

A.L. Rank .443 Average 1st .485 OB 1st .787 Slug 1st 27 Hits 1st 18 RBI t-1st 15 Runs t-3rd 5 HR t-4th
A.J. Griffin has started his career with 6 straight quality starts (6 IP3 ER or less). He is the first pitcher in Oakland history to start with 6 straight and the first A's pitcher to do so since Jesse Flores had 8 straight in 1943. (Jesse Flores was the first Mexican born player to ever play for the A's and the 3rd ever to play in the Majors. In Flores 2nd start with the A's, he pitched 15.2 innings allowing only 1 run in the bottom of the 16th at Washington. The A's won 2-1 with Flores getting the win.)

Most Quality Starts to begin Career
Since 2000
Brandon Webb AZ 2003 13 Jered Weaver LAA 2006 9 Josh Beckett FLA 2001-02 6 Blake Beavan SEA 2011 6 A.J. Griffin OAK 2012 6
George Kottaras has taken the Little League saying "a walk's as good as a hit" to heart this season with 29 walks but only 18 hits. (.209 Avg but .409 OB - the last player with an OB 200 points higher than his batting average: Barry Bonds in 2007 - .480 OB, .276 Avg)

Fewest Plate Appearances per Walk
This Season (min 100 PAs)
George Kottaras OAK 4.0 Joey Votto CIN 5.6 Adam Dunn CHW 5.6 Jason Giambi COL 5.9 Carlos Santana CLE 6.1
When they A's first saw the Rays in May in Tampa Bay (say that 10-times fast), the Rays were the hottest team in baseball. But the Athletics took the final 2 games of the 3-game series and the Rays have struggled with the bats ever since:

Tampa Bay Season Breakdown
Thru May 4th Since May 5th
Record 19-8 34-41 AVG .249 .225 RGM 4.6 3.9 HRGM 1.2 0.8 ERA 3.69 3.52
The Rays won the last two games of their series in Anaheim by shutting out the Angels. Rays pitchers come into Oakland having not allowed a run in their last 23 innings. (Tampa Bay has never thrown 3 straight shutouts.)

Lowest ERA in the American League
Athletics 3.44 Rays 3.57 Rangers 3.70 Yankees 3.70 Angels 3.74
A big issue for the Rays is trying to replace the bat of injured Evan Longoria:
Rays 3rd Basemen This Season
Evan Longoria 7 Others
Games 23 79 AVG .329 .244 HR 4 5 RBI 19 34 ON .433 .294 Slug .561 .358 Rodriguez, Keppinger, Rhymes, Sutton, Roberts, Conrad, Johnson

The A's know all about newly acquired 3rd Baseman Ryan Roberts, earlier this year "Tatman" hit a 2-out, 3-run walk-off HR off Brian Fuentes on June 8th at Arizona.

David Price
by Season

Rec ERA KBB 2009 10-7 4.42 1.89 2010 19-6 2.72 2.38 2011 12-13 3.49 3.46 2012 14-4 2.57 3.02
David Price
Last 7 Starts
Record 6-0 ERA 1.82
Opp Avg .200
Walks 13 Strikeouts 52 7 IP in all 7 starts

David Price
Career vs Athletics
5 Starts
2-1 Record
3.62 ERA
.228 Opp Avg
1 Home Run
9.5 K 9 IP
May 4th (W): 8 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 12 K's