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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 rookie Olson stays humble during record-breaking power surge

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A's rookie Olson stays humble during record-breaking power surge

OAKLAND — Matt Olson is aware of the company he’s keeping in the A’s record books.

His reaction is a mix of reverence and a shrug-of-the-shoulders type humbleness.

That’s the personality of the A’s rookie first baseman. Even as the conversation about him and his awe-inspiring home run pace grows louder, he remains the same steady, grounded presence.

“I’m happy for him,” A’s hitting coach Darren Bush said. “The guy’s worked his butt off. He’s the same today as was when he first got called up.”

Olson cleared the fences once again Friday night, his two-run homer off Nick Martinez in the second inning helping the A’s to a 4-1 victory over the Texas Rangers. At this point, it’s much more newsworthy when Olson doesn’t homer than when he does.

He’s crammed 24 homers into just 57 games this season. Taking into account his first call-up last September, and Olson’s 24 homers over the first 68 games of his career are the second-most in the history of major league baseball over that span to open a career. The Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger also hit 24 and only the White Sox’s Jose Abreu, with 25, hit more over his first 68.

Olson’s 13 homers in September are the most by any rookie in major league history for the month, and there’s still eight games left in it. But Olson’s hot streak dates back to Aug. 27. He’s hit a major league-best 16 homers in 23 games since then.

Among rookies in A’s history, only Mark McGwire (49) in 1987 and Jose Canseco (33) in 1986 have hit more than Olson’s 24. But neither Bash Brother, nor any other player in Oakland history, ever hit 15 homers in a 21-game span as Olson recently did.

“It’s definitely an honor,” Olson said before Friday’s game. “I grew up with a Mark McGwire poster on my wall. It’s a little surreal.”

Who saw this coming?

Olson went 2-for-21 without a single RBI in his first taste of the bigs last September. Then he shuttled five times between Triple-A and the majors this season before getting called up once again Aug. 8 and being told he’d get a shot as the A’s regular first baseman with Yonder Alonso having been traded. The constant shuttling took its toll, though Olson never let on about that publicly to reporters.

“You could see (the frustration),” said Ryan Christenson, his manager at Triple-A. “When he walks in and you tell him ‘You’re getting sent up,’ and he’s like, ‘Well, how many days is it for this time?’ He wouldn’t voice it necessarily, but you could sense it.”

Olson, with help from Bush and others, made an adjustment coming into this season. He began holding his hands out farther away from his body to begin his swing. With his 6-foot-5 frame, Olson had found himself getting jammed inside. Then in trying to adjust to that, he couldn’t square up pitches on the outer half.

“Now, his hands are firing from where he wants them to,” Bush said. “He doesn’t have to fight. You want your hands to have a clean path. Now he can stay in there, stay behind the ball, let his hands work for him.”

Olson, a 23-year-old from Lilburn, Ga., takes this sudden burst of success — and attention — in stride.

“I’ve been hit with so many stats here in the past week, I can’t even keep track of who’s done what, and honestly what I’ve done,” he said. “I kind of try to ignore all that.”

That’s OK. Others are taking plenty of notice.

 

Kaval calls A's ballpark plan 'as big a project' as Oakland has seen

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Kaval calls A's ballpark plan 'as big a project' as Oakland has seen

OAKLAND — A’s president Dave Kaval took part in a fan Q&A session Friday at the Coliseum as part of the team’s Fan Appreciation Weekend.

Here’s some bits and pieces from the session, which was moderated by A’s radio broadcaster Ken Korach:

—Would the A’s re-consider the Coliseum site for a new ballpark if the Peralta location ultimately doesn’t work out?

Kaval: “We’re 100 percent focused on Peralta. We think it can be a dynamic location, and we’re excited about engaging the community. .. But we’re not abandoning East Oakland.”

To that end, Kaval emphasized once again the A’s ambition for the Coliseum site — if all of the current professional teams do in fact bolt the location — to eventually house a youth sports academy with baseball fields and other facilities.

“Wouldn’t it be something to have more home-grown players playing at our (new) ballpark?”

—What other ballparks might be inspirations for design of the venue?

“I think the two guiding principles we have, are, 1) that it’s an intimate ballpark. Not a bad seat in the house. No nosebleeds. Think Fenway or Wrigley (plans are for a roughly 35,000 seat stadium). And 2) build something uniquely Oakland. Something that feels like Oakland, whether it’s an Oaklandish store (built in to the stadium), or the foodie culture …”

—Addressing how city and county funds might be utilized, Kaval emphasized that the ballpark itself will be privately financed, as has been stated before. He mentioned public funds being used for infrastructure (also a long-established idea), including possible enhancements to the Lake Merritt BART station, which is a short walk from the proposed stadium location.

“We’ll work together with the county, with the city, with (the) Peralta (Community College District). This is as big a project as the city has ever seen, a massive coordinating effort.”

—As Kaval told NBC Sports California in this story last week, the A’s plan to retain a good chunk of their current young core of talent to be the cornerstone players once the new stadium opens. Their target move-in date is Opening Day, 2023. That likely means sinking money into long-term extensions for players who will be arriving at, or nearing, their free agency years. Kaval mentioned the Cleveland Indians of the early 90’s as an example of a team opening a new stadium with a home-grown group of stars. Billy Beane, the head of the A’s baseball operations, has made the same comparison in the past.

— The A’s plan to build substantial parking, but the idea is for the new ballpark to be “(public) transit-first, like AT&T Park and Fenway,” Kaval said. … “It’s gonna take cars off the road.”

Having said that, Kaval added that the A’s will aim to preserve the tailgating culture with the parking that they do provide.