Padres vs. A's stat pack

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Padres vs. A's stat pack

The A's host the San Diego Padres in Oakland for the first time since 2000. The last 3 series between the 2 teams have been played in San Diego (2001, 2006 & 2009)
The A's lead the All-Time Series 14-8 including 6-2 at the Coliseum.
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The craziest game between the two clubs came on June 30, 1998 at the Coliseum. The A's pulled at a 12-10 victory that ended in unique fashion. With the scored tied 8-8 in the bottom of the 8th the A's scored 4 runs thanks to 2 bases-loaded walks by Trevor Hoffman and a 2-run single by Mike Blowers. In the top of the 9th the Padres scored 2 runs and had runners at 1st and 3rd with 2 outs against A's reliever Mike Fetters. That's when A's manager Art Howe called for the "Fake-to-3rd-throw-to-1st" play and it worked, catching pinch-runner Ruben Rivera off 1st base to end the game. (The Padres manager was Bruce Bochy)

The A's scored 8 runs in all 3 games of the series at Colorado. That is the first time scoring 8 runs in all 3 games of a 3-game series since scoring 10 in all 3 games in a 3-game series sweep of the Reds in 2004. (Scott Hatteberg was the A's 1st basemen in that series and went 6 for 10 with a Grand Slam, Double, 2 Walks and 7 RBI)

A's Offense in 3-Game Series at Colorado
.313 Average 8.7 RunsGame 26 Runs 35 Hits 9 Home Runs 6 Game Road Trip: .313 Avg, 6.7 RGM Brandon Moss joined Jack Cust as the only players in Athletics franchise history to hit 5 or more HR in their first 8 games as Athletics.
Great Starts with Athletics
Jack Cust

Brandon Moss
2007

2012 Games
7

8 AVG 0.346

0.308 HR 6

5 RBI 14

9 OPS 1.546

1.319
Most Home Runs as A's 1st Baseman in a SeasonSince 2007

Year
HR Games Dan Johnson 2007 14 97 Daric Barton 2010 10 157 Daric Barton 2008 9 134 Jason Giambi 2009 8 58 Nick Swisher 2007 6 44 Brandon Moss 2012 5 8

Josh Reddick
Last Season This Season ABS 254 241 HR 7 15 ABHR 36.3 16.1 Slug 0.457 0.531 HR Fly Ball 7 17
Travis Blackley will make another attempt at his first win since his Major League debut on July 1 2004.
If Blackley gets the win it will have been 7 Years, 350 Days between wins, the 4th longest stretch since 1961:

Most Time Between Wins Since 1961
Jim Bouton 1970-1978 8 Yrs, 65 Days

Vicente Romo 1974-1982 8 Yrs, 3 Days

Joe Grzenda 1961-1969 7 Yrs, 362 Days

The Padres come into Oakland after sweeping the Mariners in Seattle. It is the Padres first 3-game winning streak of the season.
Anthony BassLast 4 Starts
0-2 Record
8.14 ERA
.302 Opp Avg
2 Home Runs
11 Walks16 Strikeouts
ERA rose from 2.89 to 4.38

Carlos Quentin has come back to Earth after a torrid start since coming off the D.L.
First 7 Games Last 5 Games Avg 0.418 0.267 H-AB 13-27 15-Apr HR 5 0 Doubles 4 0 RBI 9 1 Runs 9 1 Ryan Cook's 2012 season is shaping up a lot like Huston Street's 2005 ROY season. Huston Street made the club out of spring training as part of the bullpen setting up Octavio Dotel. Both pitchers made 24 appearances before becoming the closer.
Rookie Year Comparison1st 24 Games

Huston Street Ryan Cook
2005 2012 Innings 27.2 26 ERA 1.95 0.69 Opp Avg 0.181 0.085 K9 IP 10.7 8.7 HR 0 0 Street took over closer role on June 2nd
and saved 23 of 25 Games (1.60 ERA)

This will be former A's Rookie of the Year Huston Street's 2nd time facing his former team. Last time was in 2009 with Colorado and Street saved all 3 games of a Rockies sweep.Huston StreetCareer Breakdown
With A's With ColSD Years 2005-08 2009-12 Games 247 184 Rec 21-12 9-Oct ERA 2.88 3.34 Saves 94 91 Blown Saves 27 11 SV 77 89

A's holiday shopping focuses on a center fielder

A's holiday shopping focuses on a center fielder

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The A’s didn’t add any players during the four-day winter meetings, but they did wave goodbye to one.

Minor league right-hander Dylan Covey was scooped up by the Chicago White Sox in Thursday’s Rule 5 draft. The Sox pay the A’s $50,000 for his rights, and he must either remain on their 25-man roster for the entire 2017 season or be offered back to Oakland for $25,000.

The 25-year-old Covey, ranked the A’s No. 20 prospect by mlb.com, was an Arizona Fall League standout this offseason after working his way back from an oblique injury that wiped out most of his 2016 season.

“We’ll see what happens,” A’s general manager David Forst said. “He certainly was as deserving as anybody of being protected (on the A’s 40-man roster), we just ran out of spots. Good for him to get this opportunity.”

As for ways Oakland might supplement its own roster, that task continues.

The A’s held plenty of discussions over four days spent at the sprawling Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, but those talks didn’t bear fruit in their search for a center fielder. They had trade dialogue with the Kansas City Royals regarding Jarrod Dyson, a blazing runner and potential leadoff man, but couldn’t find common ground.

As the holidays approach, the A’s will continue to scan the free agent market and explore trade opportunities.

“My guess is there are plenty of things we talked about this week that have legs, and those conversations will continue over the next few weeks,” Forst said. “We’ve got two months until pitchers and catchers report, four months until the season. We’re not the only ones leaving here without actually consummating something.”

The Orioles are another team reportedly trying to pry Dyson from the Royals. Another center fielder mentioned as being available is Reds speedster Billy Hamilton, although reports suggest Cincinnati isn’t in a rush to move him.

Dexter Fowler is the best free agent center fielder still on the market, although Austin Jackson and Rajai Davis seem to fall more in the A’s price range.

Forst was asked how much urgency there is to the center field search.

“I’m not confident they’re gonna be there all winter, there’s only a certain number of guys,” he said. “We’re not going to risk anything to jump out (and do something) we wouldn’t otherwise do. But we think we’re being diligent.

“We cast a wide net, and we continue to. We have to keep doing that just to make sure — free agents, trades, different kinds of players, platoons, whatever. I think we have to keep our toes in every option.”

As for other areas the A’s can improve, they may look to add a veteran starting pitcher. Just speculation, but Doug Fister is one free agent whose price tag figures to be reasonable, and he’s a Northern California native. However, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the A’s simply invited a veteran to camp on a minor league contract to see if they can find a diamond in the rough, or at least someone to provide competition.

A’s executive VP of baseball operations Billy Beane mentioned second base as an area of concern because of injury issues (Jed Lowrie) and inexperience (Joey Wendle, Chad Pinder), but it’s very possible the A’s stick with their in-house options.
 

Notes: A's likely to leave winter meetings with unfinished business

Notes: A's likely to leave winter meetings with unfinished business

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — A’s general manager David Forst flies home Thursday afternoon, and unless there’s a drastic change in the final stages of the winter meetings, he’ll still be searching for a center fielder.

Wednesday’s events included some discussion between Oakland and other parties, but no concrete progress toward landing a center fielder. That’s despite the late-breaking news Tuesday that the A’s and Royals were talking trade for fleet-footed Kansas City outfielder Jarrod Dyson.

“It’s a two-way street with a free agent or a team, a function of the other side’s pace,” Forst said. “It’s unlikely (they complete a deal at the meetings), and not for lack of conversations or lack of ideas. Just things move at different speeds.”

It doesn’t necessarily mean the chance of landing Dyson is done. Forst pointed out talks which transpire at the winter meetings sometimes materialize into a deal down the road. But it’s also worth noting that the Baltimore Orioles are pursuing Dyson too. FanRag’s Jon Heyman reported that Baltimore and Kansas City have discussed him.

Therefore, consider the A’s as players in the free agent as well as trade markets.

“We’ve cast a wide net,” Forst said.

Two free agent center fielders came off the board Wednesday as the Rockies agreed to a five-year $70 million contract with Ian Desmond and the Rangers re-signed Carlos Gomez to a one-year $11.5 million deal. Desmond was assumed to be out of the A’s price range, but Gomez was thought to be a realistic target. He opted to return to Texas, which needed to do some outfield re-stocking after losing Desmond and Carlos Beltran, who like Gomez was an in-season acquisition for the Rangers in 2016.

The three most enticing free agents left now at the position appear to be Dexter Fowler — like Desmond, expected to command a pricey multi-year deal — former Athletic Rajai Davis and Austin Jackson.

As for other needs, the A’s would add a veteran starting pitcher at the right price and could look to upgrade at second base, though neither of those is as high a priority as landing someone to anchor the middle of their outfield.

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Manager Bob Melvin addressed reporters at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. Though A’s top baseball official Billy Beane said Tuesday the organizational focus was on the future, aiming for a strong team to be in place by the time the A’s potentially move into a new ballpark, Melvin’s attention is solely on the upcoming season.

“In 2012, we had I don't know how many rookies on that team. It was all rookie starters, and we ended up winning the division,” Melvin said. “Once you start the season, the focus is all about winning.”

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Should the A’s not bring in a center fielder who can also lead off, the first in-house candidate Melvin mentioned as perhaps hitting atop the order was Joey Wendle. He gave a nice showing of himself in a September call-up and hit leadoff for a stretch, but there’s no guarantee that Wendle even starts at second base next season, especially if veteran Jed Lowrie is healthy after foot surgery.

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Former Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale has rejoined Oakland’s staff as Melvin’s third-base coach, and Melvin has plenty of confidence that Hale will capably fill Ron Washington’s shoes as the infield instructor. Washington was popular with A’s infielders and had particular success working with shortstop Marcus Semien.

Hale served as Melvin’s bench coach before getting hired by Arizona before the 2015 season.

“Obviously we've talked a lot about Wash and what he's meant to some of these younger guys,” Melvin said. “We feel like if anybody can replace Wash, it's Chip Hale.”

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Forst said John Axford will pitch for Canada in the World Baseball Classic. Fellow reliever Liam Hendriks has not yet committed to Team Australia.

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Right-hander Chris Bassitt, who underwent Tommy John surgery in May, was examined by A’s head trainer Nick Paparesta on Wednesday and his recovery is going very well. He’s between throwing programs right now. Forst added that lefty Felix Doubront is also coming back well from the same procedure.