A's-Rays stat pack

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A's-Rays stat pack

The Oakland A's return home after a six-game road trip to take on the Tampa Bay Rays in a three-game series starting Monday, July 30. Back in May, the A's won the series against the Rays 2-1.

With two games left in July, the A's have a chance to finish the month with the 2nd best July winning Pct in the Modern Era. The previous 7 teams to have a winning pct of .800 or better in July all reached the World Series.

Highest Winning Pct in July
Since 1900
1941 Yankees .862 25-4 2012 Athletics .818 18-4 1945 Cubs .813 26-6 1913 Giants .806 25-6 1947 Yankees .800 24-6 1968 Cardinals .800 24-6 1938 Yankees .800 20-5 2004 Cardinals .800 20-5 Reached World Series

Since ending their 9-game losing streak in early June, the A's have the best record in Baseball:
Best Records in Majors since June 2nd
Athletics 33-16 .673 Yankees 32-18 .640 Reds 32-18 .640 Pirates 32-18 .640 Nationals 32-19 .627
The A's have won their last 5 home games and dating back to June 6th have been nearly unbeatable at home:
Oakland Athletics
Last 23 Home Games
Record 18-5 1-Run Games 8-3
Walk-Off Wins 8 RunsGame 4.0 ERA 2.38 Best Home Record in MLB since June 6th

Offense on Road Trip
Record 4-2
Average .281 AVG wRISP .392 RunsGame 8 HR 10 Doubles 16 Triples 3 Steals 5 for 5
If there was a Post-All-Star Game MVP, Yoenis Cespedes would be the run away leader:
Yoenis Cespedes
Since All-Star Break

A.L. Rank .443 Average 1st .485 OB 1st .787 Slug 1st 27 Hits 1st 18 RBI t-1st 15 Runs t-3rd 5 HR t-4th
A.J. Griffin has started his career with 6 straight quality starts (6 IP3 ER or less). He is the first pitcher in Oakland history to start with 6 straight and the first A's pitcher to do so since Jesse Flores had 8 straight in 1943. (Jesse Flores was the first Mexican born player to ever play for the A's and the 3rd ever to play in the Majors. In Flores 2nd start with the A's, he pitched 15.2 innings allowing only 1 run in the bottom of the 16th at Washington. The A's won 2-1 with Flores getting the win.)

Most Quality Starts to begin Career
Since 2000
Brandon Webb AZ 2003 13 Jered Weaver LAA 2006 9 Josh Beckett FLA 2001-02 6 Blake Beavan SEA 2011 6 A.J. Griffin OAK 2012 6
George Kottaras has taken the Little League saying "a walk's as good as a hit" to heart this season with 29 walks but only 18 hits. (.209 Avg but .409 OB - the last player with an OB 200 points higher than his batting average: Barry Bonds in 2007 - .480 OB, .276 Avg)

Fewest Plate Appearances per Walk
This Season (min 100 PAs)
George Kottaras OAK 4.0 Joey Votto CIN 5.6 Adam Dunn CHW 5.6 Jason Giambi COL 5.9 Carlos Santana CLE 6.1
When they A's first saw the Rays in May in Tampa Bay (say that 10-times fast), the Rays were the hottest team in baseball. But the Athletics took the final 2 games of the 3-game series and the Rays have struggled with the bats ever since:

Tampa Bay Season Breakdown
Thru May 4th Since May 5th
Record 19-8 34-41 AVG .249 .225 RGM 4.6 3.9 HRGM 1.2 0.8 ERA 3.69 3.52
The Rays won the last two games of their series in Anaheim by shutting out the Angels. Rays pitchers come into Oakland having not allowed a run in their last 23 innings. (Tampa Bay has never thrown 3 straight shutouts.)

Lowest ERA in the American League
Athletics 3.44 Rays 3.57 Rangers 3.70 Yankees 3.70 Angels 3.74
A big issue for the Rays is trying to replace the bat of injured Evan Longoria:
Rays 3rd Basemen This Season
Evan Longoria 7 Others
Games 23 79 AVG .329 .244 HR 4 5 RBI 19 34 ON .433 .294 Slug .561 .358 Rodriguez, Keppinger, Rhymes, Sutton, Roberts, Conrad, Johnson

The A's know all about newly acquired 3rd Baseman Ryan Roberts, earlier this year "Tatman" hit a 2-out, 3-run walk-off HR off Brian Fuentes on June 8th at Arizona.

David Price
by Season

Rec ERA KBB 2009 10-7 4.42 1.89 2010 19-6 2.72 2.38 2011 12-13 3.49 3.46 2012 14-4 2.57 3.02
David Price
Last 7 Starts
Record 6-0 ERA 1.82
Opp Avg .200
Walks 13 Strikeouts 52 7 IP in all 7 starts

David Price
Career vs Athletics
5 Starts
2-1 Record
3.62 ERA
.228 Opp Avg
1 Home Run
9.5 K 9 IP
May 4th (W): 8 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 12 K's

Rosales, Healy homer, A's hold off Mariners for fifth straight win

Rosales, Healy homer, A's hold off Mariners for fifth straight win

BOX SCORE

OAKLAND -- Adam Rosales got counsel on leading off from Chris Young when they were Oakland teammates in 2013.

"He's like, just keep it the same, if not be more aggressive because it's either the first or second pitch of the ballgame is the best pitch you'll see that day," Rosales said. "Be ready."

When Ariel Miranda served up a splitter down the middle, Rosales pounced on the 1-1 pitch.

Rosales and Ryon Healy each homered in the first inning, Jharel Cotton pitched six innings of two-run ball and the Athletics beat the Seattle Mariners 4-3 on Saturday for their fifth straight win.

The A's two hottest hitters quickly got to Miranda (1-2). Rosales hit his first leadoff homer since May 3, 2013, then made his usual sprint around the bases.

"He brings a lot of energy to the table," A's manager Bob Melvin said.

The A's fed off that energy, and two batters later, Healy hit a two-run shot, his third this season and first since April 6.

Cotton (2-2) gave up two runs, six hits, two walks and hit a batter.

"I was talking to myself on the mound, saying `attack, attack, attack, stay convicted, no matter what,'" Cotton said.

Ryan Madson got four outs for his first save.

Miranda allowed four runs and seven hits in three-plus inning in his worst start of the season, failing to pitch at least five innings for the first time in three starts.

Rosales is 6 for 17 with two homers and a double during the A's win streak, and Healy is 9 for 17 over his last five games after going 6 for 40 in his previous 10.

The Mariners fell to 1-9 on the road. Their sputtering offense had nine hits Saturday, offering some encouragement to a team that's hitting .195 away from home.

"Sometimes you're good at home, sometimes you're bad on the road and sometimes you're good on the road and sometimes you're bad at home" said Robinson Cano, who hit his third homer. "It was the same way last year. We just have to keep fighting."

Seattle cut it to 4-3 on Kyle Seager's pinch-hit, RBI triple in the eighth. Seager, mired in a slump all month, came into the game batting .233 with no home runs in 60 at-bats and was 3 for 16 over his last five games.

Madson struck out Mitch Haniger swinging to end the game after Jarrod Dyson singled and stole second with two outs in the ninth.

SPLASH HITS

The A's wore Golden State Warriors jerseys during batting practice on Saturday for a second straight day. The A's announced on Twitter that they plan to auction the jerseys with the proceeds going to charity.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: RHP Steve Cishek, who had offseason hip surgery, hasn't been sharp in two rehab appearances. "He's kind going through his spring training right now," manager Scott Servais said.

Athletics: CF Rajai Davis was out of the lineup for a second straight day with a hamstring injury. Manager Bob Melvin said he expects the speedster to be on the field soon and doesn't anticipate him going on the disabled list.

UP NEXT

Mariners RHP Yovani Gallardo is winless through his first three starts. He's 0-5 with a 5.29 ERA in seven career starts against Oakland. ... RHP Andrew Triggs (3-0) is yet to allow an earned run through a team-record 17 2/3 innings. He gave up five runs and six hits in his only appearance against Seattle, a two-inning relief stint last year.

A's lineup: Rosales leading off, Phegley catching Cotton vs Mariners

A's lineup: Rosales leading off, Phegley catching Cotton vs Mariners

Programming note: Mariners-A’s coverage starts today at 12pm with A’s Pregame Live on NBC Sports California and streaming on the NBC Sports App

Looking for their third straight win against the Mariners, the A's will have Adam Rosales and Jed Lowrie at the top of the lineup Saturday.

Seattle Mariners:
1. Jarrod Dyson (L) CF
2. Mitch Haniger (R) RF
3. Robinson Cano (L) 2B
4. Nelson Cruz (R) DH
5. Taylor Motter (R) SS
6. Danny Valencia (R) 1B
7. Guillermo Heredia (R) LF
8. Mike Freeman (L) 3B
9. Mike Zunino (R) C
Ariel Miranda -- LHP

Oakland A's:
1. Adam Rosales (R) SS
2. Jed Lowrie (S) 2B
3. Ryon Healy (R) 1B
4. Khris Davis (R) LF
5. Trevor Plouffe (R) 3B
6. Josh Phegley (R) C
7. Matt Joyce (L) RF
8. Chad Pinder (R) DH
9. Jaff Decker (L) CF
Jharel Cotton -- RHP