A's-Red Sox stat pack

808176.jpg

A's-Red Sox stat pack

The A's took 2 of 3 from the Red Sox in Boston back in AprilMay:

April 30 -- Red Sox win 11-6
Sox Slug 4 HR (Ortiz (2), McDonald & Aviles
May 1 -- A's win 5-3
A's Rookie Firsts: Parker 1st win, Norberto 1st Save
May 2 -- A's win 4-2
McCarthy in Command (6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 4 K's)

The A's have found success vs the Red Sox in Oakland
Last 26 Games vs Boston at home BOS OAK
Wins 8 18
AVG .222 .247
RGM 2.7 4.2
HR 18 24
Starters ERA 4.95 2.44

The Red Sox offense really struggles in the Coliseum:
Red Sox Offense vs Athletics Since 7262006
in Oakland in Boston
Games 26 26
Rec 8-18 18-8
AVG .222 .308
Runs 69 167
RGM 2.7 6.4HR 18 28
Slug .331 .509

Jarrod ParkerMay 1st at Boston(1st Career Win)
6.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K's - 98 Pitches

As been reported, Jarrod Parker is just the 2nd pitcher since 1918 to allow 1 run or less in 9 of his first 13 career starts. The other being Dwight Gooden. Let's compare the first 13 career starts for the two pitchers:
Dwight Gooden Jarrod Parker
Year 1984 2011-12
Rec 6-3 4-3
ERA 2.61 2.38
Opp Avg .191 .206
Innings 82.2 79.1
K's 96 59
in start 14: CG, 2 Runs, 11 K's

Jarrod Parker this season has thrown only 2 stinkers:May 18 at SF (2 IP, 6 ER) & June 9 at AZ (5 IP, 6 ER)

In the 10 starts when Parker had thrown more than 5 innings:
4-1 Record
1.22 ERA
.181 Opp Avg
2 Home Runs
7.3 K 9 IP
9 Quality Starts

No Starting Pitcher has dominated American League teams like Jarrod Parker:Lowest ERA vs A.L. Teams
(min 8 Starts)
Jarrod Parker OAK 1.34
Chris Sale CWS 2.32
C.J. Wilson LAA 2.39
Jered Weaver LAA 2.49
David Price TB 2.52
A.L. All-Star

The A's lead the A.L. with a 3.52 ERA and it has been the work of the starters since mid-June that has been the best in the Majors:Lowest ERA by Starters since June 14th
Oakland Athletics 1.97
New York Mets 2.89
New York Yankees 3.09
Houston Astros 3.09
Cincinnati Reds 3.31
Season: 3.78 Starter's ERA - 7th Lowest in MLB

Both Chris Carter and Brandon Moss have brought much needed power to the A's 1st Base PositionOakland AthleticsHome Runs by 1st Basemen
HR A.L. Rank
2008 11 Last
2009 16 Last
2010 12 13th
2011 7 Last
2012 14 t-4th

Oakland Rookie All-Stars
1977 Wayne Gross
1978 Matt Keough
1986 Jose Canseco
1987 Mark McGwire
1998 Ben Grieve
2009 Andrew Bailey
2012 Ryan Cook

Will Middlebrooks and Yoenis Cespedes are 1-2 in HR & RBI among A.L. Rookies:Rookie Comparison Will Middlebrooks Yoenis Cespedes
Games 48 48
AVG .298 .282
HR 10 9
RBI 37 35
SLG .538 .508
BBK's 944 1444

Red Sox have had an up-and-down season and are currently on the upswing:
First 31 Games 12-19 Record
Next 22 Games 16-6
Next 8 Games 1-7
Last 18 Games 13-5
Daisuke Matsuzaka will make his 5th start since returning from right elbow surgery. IP H R BBK Pitches
69 vs Wash 5.0 5 4 18 80 Loss
615 at CHC 6.0 4 3 33 93 Loss
621 vs MIA 5.1 4 4 14 101 ND
626 vs TOR 5.2 6 1 15 100 ND

Daisuke MatsuzakaCareer vs Athletics
7 Starts
4-1 Record
3.69 ERA
.221 Opp Avg
6 Home Runs
Last Start vs A's: July 19, 2010 at Oak (W)

This will be Bobby Valentine's first game managing at the Coliseum since June 14, 1992. Career at the Coliseum Valentine has a 25-24 record (all with the Rangers).

David Ortiz comes to Oakland sitting on 399 career Home Runs. Earlier this season (425) Paul Konerko hit his 400th Home Run at the Coliseum.
David OrtizLast 5 Seasons Avg HR ABHR
2008 .264 23 18.1
2009 .238 28 19.3
2010 .270 32 16.2
2011 .309 29 18.1
2012 .302 21 13.6
Lowest since 2006 (10.3 -Hit 54 HR)

Adrian Gonzalez has had a much different 1st half then he had last year
Adrian Gonzalez
Before the All-Star Break 2011 2012
Avg .354 .272
HR 17 6
RBI 77 43
OB .414 .323
Slug .591 .407
Led A.L.

Alonso strikes a chord with fascinating account of Cuba defection

Alonso strikes a chord with fascinating account of Cuba defection

ANAHEIM — As Yonder Alonso was preparing for the 2017 season last winter, he was tackling another challenge too.

Over the course of three months, the A’s first baseman gathered his thoughts and pieced together a fascinating first-person account for The Players’ Tribune about his childhood experience defecting from Cuba with his parents and younger sister.

Alonso framed the article as him penning a letter to his 8-year-old self, describing the grueling struggle he and his family would go through while reassuring his younger self that it would all be worth it when he finally made it as a major leaguer. Alonso describes in vivid detail the hardships he went through, caring for his sister, Yainee, at night as they dined on meals of microwaved hot dogs and microwaved eggs, while his parents were away from home working multiple jobs to support their family.

Alonso goes on to describe how he would return from college baseball road trips, while he was attending the University of Miami, and immediately head to a night job to help his father clean warehouses and scrub bathrooms.

The story struck a chord within the A’s clubhouse but also among so many people from the Miami area, where Alonso’s family settled after they defected. Alonso said he’s received text messages from many of them.

“I think everybody in this locker room, or any locker room, they definitely have a story to tell,” Alonso said. “And I think it’s awesome when you see a guy just kind of open up a little bit. I’m (usually) not one to open up.”

Athletes are used to reporters peppering them with questions and trying to draw stories out of them. Seldom do athletes take to penning their own story.

Representatives from The Players’ Tribune, an online publication started by Derek Jeter in 2014, reached out to Alonso in early December about writing something. Alonso had a trip planned to Cuba for later that month, before any request for an article came, and his return visit to his native country helped persuade him to go through with it.

“I saw a lot of people,” he said. “For me it was very touching. For my wife as well.”

Alonso met with an editor from The Players’ Tribune during spring training, and they began hashing out ideas. Alonso said he wrote the story himself with assistance from the editor.

“We had ideas, different ways of going about it,” he said. “I think from day one I knew the way I wanted to write it and how I wanted it to come out, which is a letter to my younger self.”

Even after finishing the project three weeks ago, Alonso said he wasn’t sure he wanted to share it publicly. He showed the article to some friends and teammates, including A’s reliever Sean Doolittle and outfielder Matt Joyce. After reading the piece, Joyce strongly persuaded Alonso to carry through with it.

“I told him it was awesome,” Joyce said. “From my perspective, you don’t really get a good sense of what those guys go through, coming over to the States. You just see them later. So to kind of read it in his own words, it was a really cool perspective and a good story to see what a kid across the water, from a different country, goes through to get to this point. I think it’s a very powerful story and message.”

Alonso said his motivation was simple.

“Just letting my family know, and people in this world know, that if you want to strive for something, it can be tough at times. But there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel.”

Manaea felt 'little sharp pain', but status of shoulder not immediately known

Manaea felt 'little sharp pain', but status of shoulder not immediately known

ANAHEIM — Sean Manaea is hopeful his left shoulder injury isn’t serious, but the A’s likely won’t have a full read on the starter’s condition for a couple days.

As of Wednesday night, no MRI was scheduled after Manaea left after just two innings of an eventual 8-5 defeat to the Los Angeles Angels with tightness in his shoulder.

“I felt it a little bit in the bullpen,” Manaea said. “I thought it was just one of those days where it took me longer to warm up, and that just wasn’t the case. It’s just really unfortunate.”

Just as the A’s are about to welcome Kendall Graveman back to the active roster Thursday, when he starts the series finale at Angel Stadium, and just as it appears Sonny Gray might be ready to come off the disabled list following one more rehab start, the A’s are hoping they don’t see Manaea subtracted from their rotation for any period of time.

Manager Bob Melvin said it was the top of Manaea’s shoulder that was bothering him.

“The velo was down, and it didn’t make sense to have him keep pitching,” Melvin said. “But we won’t know anything probably for a day or two, how he feels.”

Once he started throwing in the game, Manaea said he felt “kind of a little sharp pain. I mean, it’s nothing serious. I’ve dealt with it before and it only took me a few days to get back on the mound. To me, I’m not really worried about it.”

The pitcher added that he experienced a similar situation with his shoulder while a minor leaguer in Kansas City’s organization, toward the end of spring training, and he missed minimal time.

Things didn’t get better for the A’s (10-11) after Manaea exited, as they struck out 13 times and played sloppy defensively in dropping their third in a row. Catcher Stephen Vogt couldn’t handle Ryan Dull’s glove flip to the plate on a seventh-inning squeeze play, ending a streak of six errorless games for Oakland, but Melvin can live with occasional physical misplays. More problematic were occasions when right fielder Matt Joyce and center fielder Jaff Decker both seemed caught by surprise to see Angels runners take off for an extra base. Whether it was a lack of communication from infielders or the outfielders themselves needing to be more aware, the A’s can’t afford those kinds of mistakes.

“As a group, we can’t let that happen,” Melvin said. “We talk about it in advance meetings the way these guys run the bases. It’s not something we can do and expect to beat this team.”

Added Vogt: “We were on our heels quite a bit. This was obviously not the prettiest baseball game we’ve played.”