A's-Dodgers stat pack


A's-Dodgers stat pack

The A's host the Dodgers at the Coliseum for the first time since 2006. The A's lead the All-Time regular season series with the Dodgers 13-9 including 9-2 at the Coliseum.

DodgersA's Interleague Highlights
June 12, 1997 A's win 5-4 in Oakland
A's first Interleague Game - Matt Stairs homers off Hideo Nomo
August 28, 1997 Dodgers win 7-1 in LA
Miguel Tejada - 1st M.L. Hit (Triple off Nomo)
August 29, 1997 Dodgers win 5-4 (10) in LA
Miguel Tejada - 1st M.L. HR (off Scott Radinsky)
Otis Nixon - 2-Run Walk-off single in 10th
June 11, 1999 A's win 12-6 in Oakland
Miguel Tejada - 3 Home Runs
June 11, 2000 A's win 6-0 in LA
Kevin Appier - 7-Hit Shutout
Jason Giambi - Stole Home
July 12, 2001 A's win 6-0 in Oakland
Mark Mulder - 6-Hit Shutout
July 14, 2001 Dodgers win 5-3(12) in Oakland
Terrence Long - RBI Double to tie score in 9th
Billy McMillon - RBI Single to tie score in 14th
Dodgers score 2 runs in 15th on Bases-Loaded Walks
June 17, 2006 A's win 5-4(17) in Oakland
Bobby Crosby - Walk-off Bases Loaded Walk in 17th
June 16, 2009 Dodgers win 5-4(10) in LA
Matt Kemp - Walk-off Single in 10th
Brandon McCarthy is able to make 2 starts then needs a break
April 27 at BAL & May 2 at BOS: 2-0, 1.98 ERA 13.2 IP 9 Days Rest May 12 vs DET & May 17 at TEX: 1-0, 2.92 ERA 12.1 IP 15 Days Rest June 2 at KC & June 7 vs TEX: 2-0, 2.08 ERA 13.0 IP 11 Days Rest Pitching Tonight

The A's have won each of Brandon McCarthy's last 6 starts.
Most Home Runs by A's 1st Baseman since 2008

HR GMs Daric Barton 2010 10 157 Daric Barton 2008 9 134 Jason Giambi 2009 8 58 Brandon Moss 2012 6 10 Conor Jackson 2011 4 50
Both Yoenis Cespedes and Matt Kemp have missed 31 games this season. Let's look how their teams have done with and without them.

Strangely enough the A's offense produces almost the same numbers with and without Yoenis Cespedes. It is the pitching that is much worse without him:
A's This Season

With Cespedes Without Cespedes Games 36 31 REC 20--16 11--20 AVG 0.224 0.229 RGM 3.9 3.7 HR 33 28 ERA 3.29 4.16
The Dodgers offense is able to produce the same amount of runs with less power but it is their pitching that really steps up:

Dodgers This Season

With Kemp Without Kemp Games 36 31 REC 23--13 19--12 AVG 0.261 0.269 RGM 4.3 4.3 HR 29 15 ERA 3.26 2.98
For the A's, Josh Reddick has really shined without Cespedes while Andre Ethier has struggled without Kemp:

Josh Reddick This Season

With Cespedes Without Cespedes Games 35 30 AVG 0.255 0.276 HR 5 10 RBI 13 20 OPS 0.744 0.982 Andre Ethier This Season

With Kemp Without Kemp Games 36 30 AVG 0.323 0.254 HR 7 3 RBI 34 21 OPS 0.979 0.715
Aaron HarangThis Season by Month

April May June Starts 5 5 3 Rec 1--2 2--1 2--0 ERA 5.72 2.67 1.89 OPP AVG 0.282 0.248 0.24 HR 3 3 0
Aaron Harang has never faced the A's and Brandon McCarthy has never faced the Dodgers.

A's GM Forst feels passion of fans, will not second-guess decisions

A's GM Forst feels passion of fans, will not second-guess decisions

A’s general manager David Forst says he has a stack of strongly worded letters from fans who grow frustrated with many of the team’s personnel moves.

That comes with the territory of running a major league front office. But Forst also said, during a wide-ranging interview on the latest A’s Insider Podcast, that honest critiquing must come from within office walls.

“You do want to do some self-evaluation and self-assessing,” Forst said. “What I don’t do, I don’t go back and second-guess decisions, whether it’s a trade or a signing. I don’t sort of hypothetically think, ‘Well, what if we hadn’t done this,’ because it’s not a good use of anybody’s time. What you do have to do is make sure the process that led to that decision is sound and a good one.”

Certainly one of the most scrutinized A’s moves of recent history was their signing of designated hitter Billy Butler to a three-year $30 million contract in November 2014. That turned out to be a costly mistake, with Butler being released in September with one year left on his deal and the A’s still on the hook for roughly $10 million. Forst acknowledged how poorly that decision worked out but sticks by the initial motivation to sign Butler.

“Look, Billy Butler didn’t go the way we expected, and that’s one that gets brought up a lot,” Forst said. “But I think back to the time when we made that decision to sign him, and what we were projecting Billy to do. It was very clear what our team needed. Again, going into 2015, coming off the wild card that year, we still felt like this was a team that could compete for a division title. So all the things that went into the decision, ultimately I will stand by.”

Forst spoke frankly about several other topics during the podcast. Regarding fans’ frustration about seeing so many high-profile players traded:

“I’ve got a stack of letters on my desk, the substance of which I can’t repeat on the air,” he said with a smile. “… But there’s passion. And I know we have a fan base that cares, and that’s really a good place to be.”

Forst said the A’s definitely will pursue starting pitching this offseason, despite the fact that 1) he’s very optimistic about the crop of young pitching Oakland has developed, and 2) he believes Sonny Gray will bounce back from a poor 2016 season. The GM takes encouragement that Gray made a full physical recovery from a strained forearm.

“Am I going to get the Cy Young (caliber pitcher) from Day 1? I don’t know. But I think there’s a confidence that this was an aberration, this whole year, more than anything else.”

Crisp homers as Indians shut out Blue Jays to advance to World Series


Crisp homers as Indians shut out Blue Jays to advance to World Series


TORONTO -- A most unlikely pitching performance helped put a most unexpected team into the World Series.

Rookie Ryan Merritt coolly delivered a lead to the Andrew Miller-led bullpen and the Cleveland Indians won their first pennant since 1997, blanking Toronto 3-0 Wednesday in Game 5 of the AL Championship Series.

Cleveland, which has never hosted a World Series opener, will play Game 1 at Progressive Field on Tuesday night against either the Chicago Cubs or Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Indians will try to boost what's already been a magical year in Cleveland after LeBron James and the Cavaliers earned the city's first sports championship since 1964. The Indians' title drought dates to 1948.

The Dodgers led the Cubs 2-1 going into Game 4 of the NLCS on Wednesday night. Cleveland didn't play either team this season.

With all of 11 major league innings under his belt, Merritt took the mound and looked just like a seasoned vet. The 24-year-old lefty retired the first 10 batters and allowed only two hits before being pulled after 4 1/3 innings.

Then it was up to Cleveland's tireless relievers to hold a three-run lead.

Miller again did most of the heavy lifting, pitching 2 2/3 innings, and Cody Allen pitched the ninth for the save. Winner Bryan Shaw worked an inning before Miller came in.

Carlos Santana and Coco Crisp homered for the Indians.