Rangers vs. A's stat pack

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Rangers vs. A's stat pack

The A's have won 9 oftheir last 10 games, their best 10-game stretch since going 9-1 inSeptember of 2009.

OaklandAthleticsLast 10 Games
9-1 Record
21 Run Differential
.253 Team Avg
4.6 RunsGame
16 Home Runs
2.16 Team ERA
8 Quality Starts
3 for 3 Saves
0.56 Bullpen ERA

Best Records in Baseball since June 12th Rangers 19-9

Yankees 19-9

Tigers 18-11

Reds 18-11

Best 28-Game Stretch by A's since AugSet, 2006

Coors Field in Denver and Target Field in Minneapolis are usuallyconsidered very different but the A's hitters found no difference between thetwo:

A's Sweep at COL A's Sweep at MIN Runs 26 24 Home Runs 9 9 AVG .313 .289 Slug .634 .570
While the A's starters get plenty of attention, the Bullpen has been lights outin July:
A's Bullpen in July
10 Games
4-0 Record
3 for 3 Saves
0.56 ERA
.138 Opp Avg
32.0 Innings
2 Runs
7 Walks29 Strikeouts
Lowest in Majors

Brandon Moss joined the A's on June 6 and hit his first HR on June 7th:
Most Home Runs since June 7thAmerican League
Jose Bautista TOR 12 Robinson Cano NYY 12 Trevor Plouffe MIN 12 Mark Trumbo LAA 12 Brandon Moss OAK 11 Josh Willingham MIN 11
Most Home Runs since June 1stA.L. Teams
Yankees 66

Blue Jays 58

Angels 52

Athletics 50

White Sox 46

42 HR March-May - 4th Fewest in A.L.
The A's do not hit for Average, but unlike last season, they make up for itwith Power:
A's Offensive ComparisonThru 89 Games

2011 2012 Record 39-50 46-43 AVG .234 .228 Runs 304 343 Home Runs 47 92 OB .300 .303 Slug .338 .373
The A's have hit at least one Home Run in 20 of their last 21 games for the firsttime since hitting HR's in 23 of 24 games in AprilMay of 2004.
A.L. TeamsHighest Pct of Runs Scored by Home Run
Yankees 52 Orioles 47 Blue Jays 46 Athletics 43 White Sox 40 OaklandAthleticsHome Runs thru 89 Games

HR Rec 2006 95 46-43 2007 91 44-45 2008 64 48-41 2009 73 38-51 2010 57 43-46 2011 47 39-50 2012 92 46-43 OaklandAthleticsThis Season

Home Road Record 24-20 22-23 AVG .223 .232 RGM 3.7 4.0 HR 43 49 ERA 2.81 3.99 Opp Avg .219 .265 HR Allowed 30 41 includes 2 Games at Tokyo Dome This SeasonMost Innings by Rookie Pitchers

IP Wins ERA Oakland 360.2 22 2.99 Chi White Sox 208.1 12 3.76 Texas 191.2 18 3.94 Houston 189.2 9 4.56 Detroit 182.1 7 4.59 Minnesota 174.2 9 4.12 45 of All Innings Pitched by Rookies
Since 1995 (Wild Card Era) no playoff team has more than 30 of inning pitchedby Rookies. (Highest: 2010 Reds - 29.7)
Highest Slugging PctOakland Rookie
Mark McGwire 1987 .618 Mitchell Page 1977 .521 Yoenis Cespedes 2012 .505 Ben Grieve 1998 .458 Jose Canseco 1986 .457 Won Rookie of the Year Award
11 of the 14 teams in the A.L. are over .500.
8 of the 16 teams in the N.L. are over .500

RangersA's Season Series

TEX OAK Wins 5 5 AVG .240 .255 Runs 35 44 HR 6 13 Starter's ERA 5.22 3.05
Bartolo ColonCareer vs Texas
28 Starts
18-6 Record
3.61 ERA
.223 Opp Avg
June 6 vs Tex(W): 8 IP, 0 Runs
Most Career Wins vs Texas Rangers
Dennis Leonard 19-11 Bert Blyleven 19-12 Jack Morris 19-16 Bartolo Colon 18-6 Barry Zito 18-6 Roger Clemens 18-10 Mike Mussina 18-13
Roy OswaltThis Season

IP Hits Runs
622 vs COL (W) 6.2 9 1
627 vs DET (W) 6.0 13 5
72 at CHW (L) 4.2 13 11
78 vs MIN (ND) 5.2 5 1
Roy Oswalt has made 1 career start at the Coliseum and that came on June 7,2002 while with Houston.Oswalt took the loss in a 5-3 A's win and allowed 2 Home Runs to Terrence Long.

Roy Oswalt - June 7, 2002 at Oakland
5.2 IP 8 H 5 R 4 ER5 BB 4 K 2 HR - Loss
Josh HamiltonThis Season by Month

AVG HR RBI OPS April .395 9 25 1.182 May .344 12 32 1.187 June .223 4 16 .754 July .152 2 3 .615 A.L. Player of the Month

Despite solid start, Cotton admits to thinking about no-hitter: "It just bit me'

Despite solid start, Cotton admits to thinking about no-hitter: "It just bit me'

NEW YORK — Keep peeling away the layers of Jharel Cotton’s start Saturday, and there are several different ways to view it.

The A’s rookie pitched into the sixth inning despite enduring big-time command issues and giving up a run in the first.

He took a no-hitter into the sixth despite not having the feel for his best pitch, the changeup.

He was on the verge of completing six mostly dominant innings before losing a handle on things in the sixth, allowing a two-out rally that culminated with Matt Holliday’s two-run homer. That blast wound up being the difference in Oakland’s 3-2 loss to the Yankees.

It was an eventful 5 2/3-inning outing for Cotton in his return from the minors. He admitted he was very aware he had a no-hitter going, though it also must have registered that with his pitch count at 88 entering the sixth, he wasn’t going to get a chance to complete history.

“I wanted to just go out there and get (through) the sixth inning with no hits,” Cotton said. “I guess I thought about it too much and it just bit me.”

Taking the mound for his first big league start since being optioned to Triple-A on May 11, Cotton was also making his first start at Yankee Stadium. He couldn’t find the strike zone in the first, allowing a walk, a hit batsman and a wild pitch that led to Starlin Castro’s sacrifice fly and an early lead for New York.

But then he settled down and found a groove, retiring 15 out of 16 hitters for a stretch from the first all the way until the sixth. That was all the more impressive given that Cotton did not have the effective changeup that’s usually the centerpiece to his game plan.

Catcher Josh Phegley said he was encouraged by Cotton’s effort in his first start back from Triple-A.

“He was kind of sporadic at the beginning, so I was just calling a lot of cutters because that was our strike pitch,” Phegley said. “You’d like to have the changeup because it’s one of the better ones I’ve seen. But he’s got the stuff to do without one of his pitches and still compete and put us in a good position.”

The game turned when Cotton couldn’t slam the door in the sixth after retiring the first two hitters. He walked Gary Sanchez and then caught too much plate with a 1-0 cutter to Holliday, who signed a one-year $13 million contract with New York in the offseason. He drilled a two-run homer to left-center, and Cotton was lifted after Castro singled on his next batter.

“I didn’t want to walk that guy,” Cotton said. “You don’t wanna put guys on base with free passes and I did that, and it came back to haunt me.”

With Cotton’s pitch count crossing 100 in the sixth, A’s manager Bob Melvin said he had no second thoughts about not going to his bullpen earlier. Cotton was charged with three runs on just two hits with three walks and five strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings.

“I was fine with him to get through the inning. That probably would have been it,” Melvin said. “You don’t take a guy out just because he’s got 100 pitches. He was pitching well.”

Cotton will be an important factor for the A’s moving forward given the injuries to starters Jesse Hahn and Kendall Graveman, with the former going on the 10-day disabled list Saturday and the latter expected to join him in the next day or two.

 

Tempers boil over as A's strike out 14 times in defeat

Tempers boil over as A's strike out 14 times in defeat

NEW YORK — As their frustration mounted inning after inning, the A’s afternoon seemed destined to end in ugly and disappointing fashion.

So it was that Matt Joyce walked away from home plate visibly baffled after a game-ending strikeout that cemented a 3-2 loss to the Yankees on Saturday. The A’s struck out 14 times in a game that included ejections for manager Bob Melvin and second baseman Jed Lowrie, and lots of puzzled looks over the strike zone of home plate umpire Will Little.

Lowrie was doing a slow burn throughout all of his at-bats. He struck out looking in three of his four plate appearances, and if you go by the location of pitches as presented by the mlb.com Gameday tracker, he had a justifiable gripe.

It came to a head when Little rang him up in the eighth inning, with Lowrie arguing and getting a quick ejection, the first of his 10-year career.

“All I’m gonna say is I got the bat taken out of my hands three times today,” he said afterward.

Later in the eighth, Trevor Plouffe appeared to perhaps hold up on a check swing. It didn’t matter, as Little rang him up on a Dellin Betances slider that appeared high. Melvin got ejected protesting from the dugout and then went out to get a few more words in.

“A lot of frustration, in big situations,” the manager said.

On the game’s final at-bat, Joyce worked the count to 3-1 against Betances and was so sure he’d gotten ball four that he unsnapped his shin guard in anticipation of taking first. But Little called strike two. Joyce swung through the next pitch for the final out.

By the end, the Yankees had pocketed a victory despite collecting just two hits, including Matt Holliday’s two-run homer off Jharel Cotton (3-5) in the sixth that snapped a 1-1 tie. Cotton had a no-hitter going until then.

New York’s odd victory also ended an odd trend between these teams — the road team had won each of the previous eight games they’d played.

Ryon Healy’s RBI double scored Khris Davis from first to tie the game 1-1 in the top of the sixth. Holliday, who spent the first half of 2009 with Oakland before being shipped to St. Louis, homered to give the Yankees a 3-1 lead. Then A’s catcher Josh Phegley came back with a solo shot in the seventh to bring Oakland within a run.

The A’s have split the first two of this three-game series in the Bronx. But you can’t spotlight their dissatisfaction with Saturday’s strike zone without also pointing out they struck out 13 times on Friday night too. They’ll need to make more of their at-bats to take Sunday’s rubber match.

“It is what it is,” Phegley said when asked to sum up the day. “We were no-hitting the Yankees and losing. I think we wanted a little more offensive production but that’s just the way the game went. We just didn’t make the best of the opportunities we had. Obviously I feel like like there were some walks we had, we worked the counts pretty well, and it didn’t go in our favor. That’s just the way it goes.”