A's vs. Mariners stat pack


A's vs. Mariners stat pack

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Mariners A's Season Series
Wins 6 4
AVG .220 .191
RGM 3.2 2.7
HR 7 12
Steals 8 5
Starter's ERA 2.62 2.98

Athletics Record after 83 Games
Thru 83 Gms Rest of Season
2008 45-38 30-48
2009 35-48 40-39
2010 41-42 40-39
2011 37-46 37-42
2012 41-42

Athletics Pitching since June 14th
Games 20
Record 13-7
ERA 2.35
Opp Avg .191
Starter's ERA 1.89
Quality Starts 16
1 ER or Less in 14 of 20 Starts
Lowest team ERA in A.L.
Athletics 3.43
Rays 3.68
Yankees 3.70
Angels 3.71
Rangers 3.80

Most Consecutive Games with a Home RunOakland Athletics History
23 July 2-27, 1996
18 July 6-27, 1999
18 July 30- Aug 17, 1999
17 April 12-May 1, 2002
15 June 20 - Present

Oakland AthleticsHome Runs Before All-Star Break
2007 91
2008 70
2009 70
2010 57
2011 50
2012 81
Athletics Franchise HistoryMost Home Runs in first 25 Games
Dave Kingman 1984 11
Brandon Moss 2012 10
Rocky Colavito 1964 9
Plays 25th Game Tonight
Tommy MiloneThis Season
Home Road
Starts 6 10
Rec 5-1 3-5
ERA 0.99 5.98
Opp Avg .169 .307
HR 1 14
K 9 IP 3.7 7.1
Lowest in MLB (min 40 IP)

Lowest Home ERA in A.L. (min 40 IP)
Tommy Milone OAK 0.99
Jarrod Parker OAK 1.54
Brandon McCarthy OAK 1.57
Justin Verlander DET 1.61
Chris Sale CHW 1.63

Tommy Milone2 Starts this season vs Mariners (both in Seattle)
April 14 June 25
Loss Win
IP 6 7
Hits 4 7
Runs 4 0
Walks 2 0
K's 5 5
HR 1 0
Run Support 0 1

Coco CrispThis Season
Batting 1st Batting 2nd
Games 22 24
A's Rec 14-8 8-16
AVG .289 .198
OB .362 .245
Runs 12 9

Mariners Offense This Season
Home Road
Record 16-25 19-24
AVG .195 .259
RGM 2.9 4.9
HR 21 51
OB .273 .310
Slug .289 .420
Kevin MillwoodCareer vs Athletics
19 Starts
6-4 Record
3.71 ERA
.260 Opp Avg
7.1 K 9 IP
2-4, 4.17 ERA in 6 Starts at Coliseum
Most Career Hits at Coliseumas Visiting Player
Ichiro Suzuki 154
Rod Carew 144
George Brett 131
Harold Baines 126
Garret Anderson 125
Highest Career Avg at ColiseumMin 300 At-Bats
Ichiro Suzuki .362
Garret Anderson .323
Rod Carew .314
Jason Giambi .310
Troy Neel .308

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.