A's-Orioles stat pack

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A's-Orioles stat pack

The A's road trip continues with their 2nd visit of the year to Baltimore. Back in April, the O's took 2 of 3 from the A's at Camden Yards.

This Date in A's History - July 27, 1965
In the 2nd game of a double-header at Fenway Park, 19-year old Jim "Catfish" Hunter recorded his 1st of 224 career wins. The future Hall-of-Famer went 5 innings allowing 5 runs (including a grand slam to 20-year old Tony Conigliaro) but thanks to an A's 6-run 1st inning left the game with a 8-5 lead. The Kansas City A's would go on to win the game 10-8. (Bert Campaneris went 4 for 5 with an HR and 4 runs scored)
Best Records in JulyAmerican league
Athletics 16-3 .842 Tigers 15-6 .714 Yankees 12-9 .571 White Sox 11-9 .550 Angels 11-10 .524 Best in Majors

With 5 games left in the month, the A's have a chance to have their best July since moving to Oakland.
Oakland AthleticsBest Months of July
2012 16-3 .842 2005 20-6 .769 1974 20-8 .714 2001 19-8 .704 1980 19-10 .655
The A's have a 15-9 record vs the A.L. East this season.
Highest Win Pct vs A.L. EastAmong A.L. teams
Rangers 14-7 .667 Athletics 15-9 .625 Yankees 18-13 .581 Tigers 13-10 .565 Rays 23-18 .561 Last season: 20-23 (.465) vs A.L. East
Most RunsGame since All-Star BreakAmerican League
Athletics 5.8 Angels 5.6 Tigers 4.9 Blue Jays 4.8 Twins 4.7 Before Break: 3.7 - Fewest in A.L.
Jarrod ParkerThis Season

Home Road Starts 9 7 Rec 3-2 4-2 ERA 2.28 1.08 Opp Avg .211 .240 HR 2 2 Walks 9IP 3.3 4.5
Lowest ERA among Rookie StartersA.L. (min 10 Starts)
Jose Quintana CWS 2.58 Jarrod Parker OAK 3.00 Scott Diamond MIN 3.16 Zach McAllister CLE 3.18 Tommy Milone OAK 3.51 Wei-Yin Chen BAL 3.82 Yu Darvish TEX 3.88
Yoenis CespedesA.L. Ranks since All-Star Break
.458 Average 1st 4 Home Runs T-5th 14 RBI 1st 12 Runs T-3rd .500 OB T-4th .792 Slug 3rd 1.292 OPS 2nd
On June 14th Coco Crisp moved back to being the A's regular lead-off hitter:
Coco CrispSeason Breakdown

Thru June 13 Since June 14 Games 38 31 AVG .172 .344 OB .234 .400 Slug .231 .508 Runs 10 19 Steals 9 11 A's Record 13-25 23-8 In Games Crisp Played

Highest On-Base Pct A.L. Leadoff MenSince June 14th
Alex Gordon KC .430 Mike Trout LAA .428 Austin Jackson DET .416 Coco Crisp OAK .400 Oakland AthleticsMost HR in a Season since 2007
Jack Cust 2008 33 Josh Willingham 2011 29 Jack Cust 2007 26 Jack Cust 2009 25 Nick Swisher 2007 22 Josh Reddick 2012 22
The Orioles have lost 9 of their last 12 home games and have a better record on the road then at home.
Orioles This Season

Home Road Record 24-24 28-23 AVG .249 .230 RGM 4.4 3.8 HR 64 58 ERA 4.36 3.80 Lost 9 of last 12 at Home

The thing you don't want to do with Orioles is go to extra-innings;
Most Wins in Extra-Innings This Season
Orioles 10-2 Athletics 7-2 Giants 7-2 Marlins 7-3 Nationals 7-6
It hasn't just been extra-innings, the O's have been clutch late in games:
Orioles This Season

A.L. Rank 10-2 in Extra-Inning Games 1st 19-6 in 1-run games 1st 39-0 when Leading after 7 inn. 1st 41-0 when Leading after 8 inn. 1st 13 Wins when Trailing after 6 inn. 1st
Adam JonesLast 4 Seasons

AVG HR OPS 2009 .227 19 .792 2010 .284 19 .767 2011 .280 25 .785 2012 .293 23 .877
All-Star Matt Wieters has only 1 hit in his last 30 at-bats and had had an up-and-down season:
Matt WietersThis Season by Month

AVG HR RBI April .279 6 15 May .188 2 7 June .290 3 16 July .197 1 8
While Jim Thome is 7th on the all-time Home Run list with 611, he is only 65 K's behind Reggie on the Strikeout list:
Most Strikeouts All-Time
Reggie Jackson 2,597 Jim Thome 2,532 Sammy Sosa 2,306 Andres Galarraga 2,003 Alex Rodriguez 2,000 Adam Dunn 1,956 Jackson has held the Strikeout record since 1982

A's 17-year-old prospect 'Lazarito' makes Cactus League debut

A's 17-year-old prospect 'Lazarito' makes Cactus League debut

Lazaro Armenteros, the A’s 17-year-old stud outfield prospect better known as “Lazarito,” is believed to have become the youngest player in franchise history to appear in a Cactus League game.

Armenteros entered at the DH spot in the eighth against the Dodgers and went 0-for-2, flying out to right-center and popping up to shallow center. With the A’s short on position players, Armenteros was brought over from minor league camp and got a little exposure to the big league environment.

“He’s quite athletic, and I know they love him over there” at minor league camp, A's manager Bob Melvin recently said.

Armenteros also got a chance to mingle with Dodger outfielder (and fellow Cuban) Yasiel Puig before the game.

“Over there (in Cuba) you kind of play the game because you like it and you enjoy it,” Armenteros recently said through interpreter Juan Dorado. “Here, it’s more like a job. There’s more preparation.”

Armenteros will stay in Arizona through extended spring training and then head to play in the Dominican Summer League.

A's spring training Day 40: Manaea downplays struggles after walking five

A's spring training Day 40: Manaea downplays struggles after walking five

MESA, Ariz. — Something flipped a switch inside Sean Manaea in the third inning Saturday, and the A’s left-hander pitched with the aggressiveness he’s shown most of spring training.

It was a different story before that, as Manaea issued five walks, two of them forcing in runs, against the Cincinnati Reds. His final Cactus League outing ended after just three innings, his pitch count at more than 70, and he was charged with five earned runs.

“I was trying to nibble at the corners too much,” Manaea said. “The third inning I finally just said, ‘Throw it right down the middle and let them hit it.’”

The plan was to get Manaea close to 90 pitches, so he went to the bullpen and threw 10 more after he was pulled from the game. He entered the day with a 2.81 ERA in his first five outings, walking just one in each of those games.

He downplayed his struggles Saturday in Oakland’s 11-6 split-squad defeat at Hohokam Stadium, and manager Bob Melvin wasn’t expressing major concern either.

“He was just out of sync,” Melvin said. “Typically you don’t see him walk guys like that, let alone multiple guys in a row. It was just a tough day for him. We wanted to try to get him close to 90 pitches. But when you’re throwing that many pitches in three innings, I just couldn’t risk sending him back out there.”

Manaea was stressing the positives of his camp afterward. As he preps for one final tune-up start at AT&T Park against the Giants in the Bay Bridge Series, he particularly likes the way his slider has rounded into form.

“Just being able to have that confidence to throw it for a strike and get weak ground balls and swings and misses, it’s huge,” he said.

CAMP BATTLE: The A’s lost their other split-squad matchup by an identical 11-6 score to the Dodgers in Glendale. Jesse Hahn took the hill and struggled for the second consecutive outing, allowing two homers — including a grand slam by Andrew Toles — and surrendering seven runs (five earned) over 3 1/3 innings. Competing for one of two open rotation spots, Hahn hasn’t shown his best in the Cactus League stretch run. He gave up seven runs against Colorado in his previous start.

ODDS AND ENDS: Third baseman Trevor Plouffe had two more hits against the Reds to raise his average to .425 but left the game after tweaking an abductor muscle in his lower body. “He felt like he’s OK. We just didn’t wanna risk that,” Melvin said. … Rajai Davis connected for his first spring home run and scored three runs. … Sean Doolittle gave up two runs in his inning of work but struck out three. He sported his new eyeglasses for the first time in a major league game. … Matt Chapman hit a three-run homer off former Athletic Rich Hill in the game at Glendale.