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

Healy exits early, Blackburn suffers first loss with A's

Healy exits early, Blackburn suffers first loss with A's

BOX SCORE

NEW YORK — Michael Conforto hit a pair of two-run homers and Jerry Blevins rescued the Mets' bullpen with a five-out save as New York held off the Oakland Athletics 7-5 on Friday night for its third straight victory.

T.J. Rivera put the Mets ahead in the sixth inning with a two-run single that turned into a Little League home run. Rivera came all the way around to score on the play after third baseman Matt Chapman, trying to get Rivera at second, threw the ball away into right field for a costly error that made it 5-3.

Moments earlier, New York loaded the bases when Lucas Duda's bad-hop infield single struck first baseman Ryon Healy near the temple. Healy left the game and walked off under his own power with a swollen bruise next to his left eye.

Conforto's second homer made it 7-3 in the seventh. Oakland rallied for two in the eighth, but Blevins replaced closer Addison Reed with the bases loaded and got five straight outs against his former team for his fifth major league save and first this season.

Normally a lefty specialist, Blevins recorded five outs in a game for the first time since 2014 with Washington. He retired All-Star slugger Yonder Alonso on a foul popup and struck out Khris Davis to escape the eighth-inning jam.

"We just tried to find some matchups that worked," Mets manager Terry Collins said.

Yoenis Cespedes had three hits after raising eyebrows when he told the San Francisco Chronicle before the game that he wants to play the final season of his career in Oakland, his first big league team.

Cespedes, who signed a $110 million, four-year contract in the offseason to remain with the Mets, also said A's manager Bob Melvin is his favorite skipper and he doesn't think there's a better one.

"Bob's a great manager. I don't blame him," Collins said after the game. "This is the first I've heard of it."

After the game, Cespedes clarified his comments while speaking with reporters through a translator and said he meant no disrespect toward Collins or the Mets.

Yoenis Cespedes: 'I’m going to play the last year of my career with Oakland'

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Yoenis Cespedes: 'I’m going to play the last year of my career with Oakland'

After signing a four-year, $36 million deal with the A's before the 2012 season, Yoenis Cespedes' time in Oakland came to an end halfway through his third season.

The current Mets star certainly hasn't forgetten his time in Oakland, sharing his desire to end his career back where he started it to the San Francisco Chronicle

“I wish that happens,” Cespedes said on Friday with the A's taking on his Mets in New York. “I told (Jerry) Blevins, ‘I don’t know how many years I’m going to play, but I’m going to play the last year of my career with Oakland.’ I don’t know if that’s possible or not, but that’s my goal.”

Cespedes, who has also played in Boston and Detroit, loved his time in Oakland. 

“I still love the A’s, they were the first team to give me an opportunity to play in the big leagues," Cespedes said. “I love Oakland all the time.”

Another key reason for Cespedes' hope to return to the A's one day is how much he enjoyed playing for manager Bob Melvin. 

“I tell my guys here all the time that he’s the best manager for me so far,” Cespedes said. “I don’t think there’s a better manager than Melvin.”

Cespedes hit .262 with 66 home runs in his time with the A's. Over his six-year career, the slugging outfielder owns a career .272 batting average with 146 homers.