A's-Red Sox stat pack

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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.

A's holiday shopping focuses on a center fielder

A's holiday shopping focuses on a center fielder

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The A’s didn’t add any players during the four-day winter meetings, but they did wave goodbye to one.

Minor league right-hander Dylan Covey was scooped up by the Chicago White Sox in Thursday’s Rule 5 draft. The Sox pay the A’s $50,000 for his rights, and he must either remain on their 25-man roster for the entire 2017 season or be offered back to Oakland for $25,000.

The 25-year-old Covey, ranked the A’s No. 20 prospect by mlb.com, was an Arizona Fall League standout this offseason after working his way back from an oblique injury that wiped out most of his 2016 season.

“We’ll see what happens,” A’s general manager David Forst said. “He certainly was as deserving as anybody of being protected (on the A’s 40-man roster), we just ran out of spots. Good for him to get this opportunity.”

As for ways Oakland might supplement its own roster, that task continues.

The A’s held plenty of discussions over four days spent at the sprawling Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, but those talks didn’t bear fruit in their search for a center fielder. They had trade dialogue with the Kansas City Royals regarding Jarrod Dyson, a blazing runner and potential leadoff man, but couldn’t find common ground.

As the holidays approach, the A’s will continue to scan the free agent market and explore trade opportunities.

“My guess is there are plenty of things we talked about this week that have legs, and those conversations will continue over the next few weeks,” Forst said. “We’ve got two months until pitchers and catchers report, four months until the season. We’re not the only ones leaving here without actually consummating something.”

The Orioles are another team reportedly trying to pry Dyson from the Royals. Another center fielder mentioned as being available is Reds speedster Billy Hamilton, although reports suggest Cincinnati isn’t in a rush to move him.

Dexter Fowler is the best free agent center fielder still on the market, although Austin Jackson and Rajai Davis seem to fall more in the A’s price range.

Forst was asked how much urgency there is to the center field search.

“I’m not confident they’re gonna be there all winter, there’s only a certain number of guys,” he said. “We’re not going to risk anything to jump out (and do something) we wouldn’t otherwise do. But we think we’re being diligent.

“We cast a wide net, and we continue to. We have to keep doing that just to make sure — free agents, trades, different kinds of players, platoons, whatever. I think we have to keep our toes in every option.”

As for other areas the A’s can improve, they may look to add a veteran starting pitcher. Just speculation, but Doug Fister is one free agent whose price tag figures to be reasonable, and he’s a Northern California native. However, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the A’s simply invited a veteran to camp on a minor league contract to see if they can find a diamond in the rough, or at least someone to provide competition.

A’s executive VP of baseball operations Billy Beane mentioned second base as an area of concern because of injury issues (Jed Lowrie) and inexperience (Joey Wendle, Chad Pinder), but it’s very possible the A’s stick with their in-house options.
 

Notes: A's likely to leave winter meetings with unfinished business

Notes: A's likely to leave winter meetings with unfinished business

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — A’s general manager David Forst flies home Thursday afternoon, and unless there’s a drastic change in the final stages of the winter meetings, he’ll still be searching for a center fielder.

Wednesday’s events included some discussion between Oakland and other parties, but no concrete progress toward landing a center fielder. That’s despite the late-breaking news Tuesday that the A’s and Royals were talking trade for fleet-footed Kansas City outfielder Jarrod Dyson.

“It’s a two-way street with a free agent or a team, a function of the other side’s pace,” Forst said. “It’s unlikely (they complete a deal at the meetings), and not for lack of conversations or lack of ideas. Just things move at different speeds.”

It doesn’t necessarily mean the chance of landing Dyson is done. Forst pointed out talks which transpire at the winter meetings sometimes materialize into a deal down the road. But it’s also worth noting that the Baltimore Orioles are pursuing Dyson too. FanRag’s Jon Heyman reported that Baltimore and Kansas City have discussed him.

Therefore, consider the A’s as players in the free agent as well as trade markets.

“We’ve cast a wide net,” Forst said.

Two free agent center fielders came off the board Wednesday as the Rockies agreed to a five-year $70 million contract with Ian Desmond and the Rangers re-signed Carlos Gomez to a one-year $11.5 million deal. Desmond was assumed to be out of the A’s price range, but Gomez was thought to be a realistic target. He opted to return to Texas, which needed to do some outfield re-stocking after losing Desmond and Carlos Beltran, who like Gomez was an in-season acquisition for the Rangers in 2016.

The three most enticing free agents left now at the position appear to be Dexter Fowler — like Desmond, expected to command a pricey multi-year deal — former Athletic Rajai Davis and Austin Jackson.

As for other needs, the A’s would add a veteran starting pitcher at the right price and could look to upgrade at second base, though neither of those is as high a priority as landing someone to anchor the middle of their outfield.

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Manager Bob Melvin addressed reporters at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. Though A’s top baseball official Billy Beane said Tuesday the organizational focus was on the future, aiming for a strong team to be in place by the time the A’s potentially move into a new ballpark, Melvin’s attention is solely on the upcoming season.

“In 2012, we had I don't know how many rookies on that team. It was all rookie starters, and we ended up winning the division,” Melvin said. “Once you start the season, the focus is all about winning.”

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Should the A’s not bring in a center fielder who can also lead off, the first in-house candidate Melvin mentioned as perhaps hitting atop the order was Joey Wendle. He gave a nice showing of himself in a September call-up and hit leadoff for a stretch, but there’s no guarantee that Wendle even starts at second base next season, especially if veteran Jed Lowrie is healthy after foot surgery.

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Former Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale has rejoined Oakland’s staff as Melvin’s third-base coach, and Melvin has plenty of confidence that Hale will capably fill Ron Washington’s shoes as the infield instructor. Washington was popular with A’s infielders and had particular success working with shortstop Marcus Semien.

Hale served as Melvin’s bench coach before getting hired by Arizona before the 2015 season.

“Obviously we've talked a lot about Wash and what he's meant to some of these younger guys,” Melvin said. “We feel like if anybody can replace Wash, it's Chip Hale.”

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Forst said John Axford will pitch for Canada in the World Baseball Classic. Fellow reliever Liam Hendriks has not yet committed to Team Australia.

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Right-hander Chris Bassitt, who underwent Tommy John surgery in May, was examined by A’s head trainer Nick Paparesta on Wednesday and his recovery is going very well. He’s between throwing programs right now. Forst added that lefty Felix Doubront is also coming back well from the same procedure.