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 coach plays part in Schwarber's World Series comeback

A's coach plays part in Schwarber's World Series comeback

Ryan Christenson has a reason to follow the World Series even more so than most years.

Christenson, who manages the A’s Double-A Midland squad, is also skippering the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League. One of his players happened to be Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber, if only for the briefest of periods.

Schwarber, as is well-documented, played in two AFL games as a quick tune-up before joining the Cubs’ active roster for the Fall Classic. It’s an unprecedented path, as Schwarber hadn’t appeared in a game for Chicago since April 7, when he tore the anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments in his left knee.

When he crushed a double off the right field wall in Game 1 against the Indians’ Corey Kluber, Schwarber became the first position player in major league history to get a hit in the World Series after recording zero hits during the regular season.

His preparations for the grand stage took place in the relative anonymity of the Arizona Fall League, and it presented some unique conditions for Christenson to manage under.

“It’s such a unique situation to see someone thrust into that after missing so much season,” Christenson said in a phone interview before Game 1. “To have a chance to be activated this time of year, it’s something special if he can pull this off. If he (sparks the Cubs), literally the guy can be a legend.”

Schwarber appeared in just two games for the Solar Sox, going 1-for-6 as a designated hitter. Christenson didn’t have much hands-on interaction with Schwarber — the Cubs had their own staff members on site helping him with treatment — but Christenson saw Schwarber’s swing rounding into form even in his brief time in the batter’s box.

“The bat speed is there,” said Christenson, who hadn’t met Schwarber previously. “I love watching him work in the cage. He’s got a great swing. I don’t think it would take someone of his caliber long to get his timing and pick up where he left off. It’s a simple swing.”

The Cubs asked Christenson to work Schwarber into the top of the batting order with the Solar Sox so as to maximize his number of plate appearances. They also asked one other favor.

“The only request they had was that I took it easy with him on the bases … not trying to score him from first base on a gapper.”

Schwarber’s mere presence in the Arizona Fall League created a delicate dynamic. The league is geared toward up-and-coming prospects who have yet to break into the majors, and Christenson said AFL officials were concerned about Schwarber dropping in and taking playing time away from those players.

Each major league organization sends at least six players to the AFL. Of those six, one is designated a “priority player,” meaning they must play at least four days a week, so innings can be tricky to spread around.

Adding to the sensitivity of the situation, the Solar Sox’s roster includes not only Cubs prospects but also those of the Cleveland Indians. Christenson needed to avoid a situation where Schwarber was stealing at-bats away from prospects of the American League champs — the team that Schwarber was training to try to help the Cubs beat.

But things unfolded smoothly, and Schwarber showed appreciation for getting the chance to drop in for a couple games.

“I’ll definitely be pulling for him,” Christenson said.

A's claim left-handed reliever off waivers from Cubs

A's claim left-handed reliever off waivers from Cubs

CLEVELAND — Left-hander Giovanni Soto has been claimed by the Oakland Athletics off waivers from the Chicago Cubs.

Soto was designated for assignment Saturday to open a spot on the 40-man roster for slugger Kyle Schwarber, who was activated from the 60-day disabled list following knee surgery in April. Schwarber was put on the World Series roster Tuesday and went 1 for 3 with a double, walk and two strikeouts in the opening 6-0 loss to the Cleveland Indians.

Soto was traded to the Cubs from Cleveland on April 11 and was 1-3 with a 5.14 ERA in 33 relief appearances for Triple-A Iowa. He made his big league debut with the Indians in 2015 and appeared in six games and 3 1/3 innings.

Oakland claimed him Wednesday.