White Sox vs. A's Stat Pack

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White Sox vs. A's Stat Pack

The A's and White Sox meet for the 2nd time this season.

White Sox at A's
April 23
CHW 4
OAK 0
Jake Peavey 3-Hit Shutout, Dunn, Konerko Back-to-Back HR

April 24 CHW 2 OAK 2
Tommy Milone 8 Shutout Innings, Suzuki & Sogard RBI-Hits in 8th

April 25 CHW 4 OAK 5 (14)
Konerko 400th career HR in 9th ties Game.
Sox take lead in top 14th on Ramirez 2-Run Double
Cespedes 2-Run HR in bottom 14, Ka'aihue Walk-Off Single

Since the start of the 2008 season, the A's and White Sox have split their 40 meetings Since 2008
A's vs. White Sox in Oakland 9-9
A's vs. White Sox in Chicago 11-11
A's on just completed 10-game homestead
Record 5-5 AVG .216 RunsGM 3.9 HR 12 Steals 9-11
ERA 3.72
SavesOpps 24
1,661 Pitches Thrown over 104 Innings

A's Home Runs by Season

HR A.L. Rank
2008 125 11th
2009 135 Last
2010
109 13th
2011
114 12th
2012 123 8th
81 Since June ist -t-3rd Most in A.L.
Ryan Cook
Last 8 Games
3 Saves
4 Blown Saves
8 Innings Pitched
13 hits
9 ER
4 Home Runs
Only one 1-2-3 inning
Allowed runs in 6 of 8 Games

Coco Crisp Season Breakdown
Since May 1st
Through June 12th Since June 13th
Games 37 41
AVG .165 .323
OB .224 .388
HR 1 4
RBI 11 16
Runs 9 26
Steals 8 16
A's Rec 12-25 30-11
in Games Played

Since coming up on June 29th, Chris Carter has been homering and walking at a league-leading rate:
A.L. Leaders since June 29thFewest At-Bats per Home Run Chris Carter OAK 9.0
Josh Willingham MIN 9.3
Miguel Cabrera DET 10.2
Albert Pujols LAA 11.4
Mike Trout LAA 11.6

Fewest Plate Appearances per Walk
Chris Carter OAK 5.1
Carlos Santana CLE 5.5
Edwin Encamacion TOR 5.5
Nick Swisher NYY 5.8
Kevin Youkilis CHW 6.2

The A's have 7 players with 10 HR for the first time since 2005. The last A's team with 8 was 2004.
Josh Reddick 25
Yoenis Cespedes 14
Jonny Gomes 12
Brandon Inge 11
Seth Smith 11
Chris Carter 10
Inge also hit one in Detroit

Brandon McCarthy is scheduled to make his 1st start since June 19th. Last 7 Starts
6-0 Record
1.96 ERA
.208 Opp AVG
2 HR
12 BB34 K's
Last start: June 19 vs. Dodgers

This will be the first time that Brandon McCarthy, the former White Sox, will pitch at U.S. Cellular Field since Sept. 22, 2006.

Chicago White Sox
Last 15 Games
Record 10-5
AVG .263
RGM 5.1
HR 25
ERA 3.13
Run Diff 23

After a terrific 2008 season, Gavin Floyd has become a mediocre starter

Rec
ERA

2008 17-8 3.84
2009 11-11 4.06
2010
10-13 4.08

2011 12-13 4.37
2012 8-9 4.43
Adam Dunn

2011 2012
Games
122 109

Avg .159 .206
HR 11 31
RBI 42 75
Walks 75 80
K's 177 163
Leads A.L. Oldest Catcher to Hit 20 Home Runs in a Season

Year AGE HR
Carlton Fisk 1987 39 23
Carlton Fisk 1985 37 37
Jorge Posada 2009 37 22
Mike Piazza 2006 37 22
Carlton Fisk 1984 36 21
Carlton Fisk 1983 35 26
Jorge Posada 2007 35 20
A.J. Pierzynski 2012 35 21
Career-high

A's spring training Day 13: Gossett part of fifth starter mix

A's spring training Day 13: Gossett part of fifth starter mix

MESA, Ariz. — An unexpected opportunity came Daniel Gossett’s way Sunday, and the young right-hander took it in stride.

When the A’s adjusted their starting rotation, Kendall Graveman got bumped to Monday and Gossett learned he’d be taking the ball to start Sunday’s Cactus League home opener against the Los Angeles Angels.

“I’m here for what they need me for,” Gossett said. “So anything they need, gimme the ball.”

He spun two scoreless innings in a game Oakland lost 5-3 at Hohokam Stadium. A nice first impression for Gossett, indeed, but the truth is A’s officials were already quite familiar with him.

A second-round pick out of Clemson in 2014, Gossett impressed at three levels of the farm system in 2016, beginning the year with Single-A Stockton and finishing it with Triple-A Nashville.

This is his first big league camp, and manager Bob Melvin even mentioned Gossett as being part of the fifth starter conversation.

“He impressed everybody in the organization last year, so when talking about that fifth spot, who knows?” Melvin said before the game.

The only blemishes on Gossett’s day were the pair of walks he issued. After walking Jefrey Marte to lead off the second, he got a lift from his catcher, as Josh Phegley fired a strike to second to nail Marte trying to steal.

“A pitcher’s best friend, I guess,” Gossett said. He went 10-6 with a 2.69 ERA across 27 starts at all three levels of the minors last year, and his 151 strikeouts led the A’s farm system. Gossett’s fastball ranges anywhere from 90-95 on the gun. He throws a changeup that gets the most swings and misses, plus a slider and curve.

Grady Fuson, an A’s special assistant to the general manager, liked the adjustments he saw with Gossett over the course of last season.

“He’s a super kid, a grinder,” Fuson said over the winter. “He’s a guy that hadn’t struck many guys out and had been very hittable in the strike zone. (In 2016), he started executing to different parts of the zone that limits the hard contact.”

CAMP BATTLE: Alejandro De Aza sparked the A’s first rally in the third Sunday with a triple, then scored on Mark Canha’s double. With Jake Smolinski sidelined currently by a shoulder issue, it’s a good time for De Aza, a non-roster invitee to camp, to make his mark. The door could be open for him to make a push to make the roster as a fifth outfielder.

“He’s an interesting guy,” Melvin said of the nine-year veteran. “He knows how to play the game, he can play all three outfield spots. We’ve seen him before when he’s given us trouble, too, with the White Sox.”

Another contender for a reserve outfield spot is Jaycob Brugman, who has yet to crack the majors but is already on the 40-man roster. He singled home a run in the seventh. Like De Aza and Smolinski, Brugman can play center field, and it stands to reason the A’s will want to carry someone who can back up Rajai Davis at that position.

NOTEWORTHY: Phegley admitted to some butterflies before getting behind the plate for his first game since July, when a right knee injury wiped out the rest of his season.

But he looked good springing up to nail Marte on the second-inning steal attempt. The A’s are counting on Phegley returning to his role as the right-handed hitting platoon partner with Stephen Vogt behind the plate.

STOCK RISING: Melvin was impressed, and entertained, by the first look he got at reliever Simon Castro on Saturday against the Chicago Cubs. Castro retired Kris Bryant to strand a runner at third, the only hitter he faced. But it was what happened before the at-bat that caught Melvin’s attention.

“When he came to the mound he was pretty vocal,” Melvin noted. “He was fired up, telling the guys ‘Let’s go!’ I haven’t heard that too many times out of pitchers, let alone in spring training. So he impressed me with his eagerness to pitch.”

FAMILIAR FACES: Campy Campaneris and Blue Moon Odom each threw out ceremonial first pitches before Sunday’s exhibition home opener, which drew a smallish crowd of 4,072.

A’s reliever, movie buff Axford makes 2017 Oscars predictions

A’s reliever, movie buff Axford makes 2017 Oscars predictions

Update: Axford finished the night correctly predicting 19 of 24 Oscars this year.

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A's reliever John Axford is not your casual movie fan. 

Axford majored in Film at Notre Dame and has a proven track record when it comes to the biggest night for movies. 

The last two years, Axford correctly predicted 17 of 24 winners for the Academy Awards. In 2014, Axford went a perfect 18-of-18 with his predictions. 

On Saturday, Axford offered 24 predictions for the 2017 Oscars. 

Axford is a clear believer in La La Land, choosing the film for eights Oscars, after winning a record-breaking seven Golden Globes. 

Will he go a perfect 24-for-24 this year?