Rangers vs. A's stat pack


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

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.