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A's-Yankees stat pack

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A's-Yankees stat pack

The Yankees have made the Coliseum their own, winning 9 straight and 13 of the last 14. (The 9-game road winning streak by the Yankees vs the A's is their longest vs Athletics since winning 10-in-a-row at Kansas City's Municipal Stadium from August 31, 1955 thru September 11, 1956.)

Longest Winning Streaks at ColiseumOpposing Teams
1976-1979 Baltimore Orioles -- 13
1978-1979 Minnesota Twins -- 9
2010-Present New York Yankees -- 9
1971-1972 Baltimore Orioles -- 8
2007-2008 Seattle Mariners -- 8

Yankees vs AthleticsLast 14 Meetings at Coliseum NYY OAK
Wins 13 1
Runs 76 26
Avg .258 .184
HR 20 11
ERA 1.80 5.00

The only A's win in the last 14 was the Dallas Braden "Get off my mound" game on April 22, 2010.Best Records in Majors since June 12th
Yankees -- 22-9 (.710)
Athletics -- 21-9 (.700)
Rangers -- 20-10 (.667)
Tigers -- 20-12 (.625)
Best stretch of 30 Games since AugSept, 2006 (21-9)

The Athletics have six walkoff wins over their last 12 home games. The last major-league team with six walkoff victories in a span of 12 home games was Oakland itself, in MayJune 2004.Most Walk-Off Home Runs in a SeasonOakland History
2004 -- 6
1970 -- 5
1978 -- 5
1986 -- 5
2002 -- 5
2012 -- 5

Oakland HistoryWalk-Off Home Runs by Shortstops
Miguel Tejada 912002 vs MIN (Win 18 of Streak)
Miguel Tejada 4222003 vs DET
Miguel Tejada 812003 vs NYY
Bobby Crosby 9302004 vs SEA
Brandon Hicks 7182012 vs TEX

A.J. Griffin has started his career by making 4 straight Quality Starts.Oakland HistoryMost Consecutive Quality Starts to begin Career
Dave Hamilton (1972) -- 5
John Henry Johnson (1979) -- 5
Rich Harden (2003) -- 4
Vin Mazzaro (2009) -- 4
A.J. Griffin (2012) -- 4

This SeasonMost Home Runs by Player on New Team
Josh Willingham (MIN) -- 23
Josh Reddick (OAK) -- 21
Carlos Beltran (STL) -- 20
Jason Kubel (AZ) -- 17
Albert Pujols (LAA) -- 17
The Yankees have scored 3 or more runs in a single-season franchise record 42 consecutive games.Most Consecutive Games Scoring 3 Runs or More in Live Ball Era (Since 1920) Single Season
1994 Cleveland Indians -- 48
2012 New York Yankees -- 42
1930 Philadelphia Athletics -- 41
1996 Seattle Mariners -- 39
1930 Chicago Cubs -- 39
The Yankees have hit 146 HR in their first 91 games of the season, the most the Bombers have ever hit thru 91 games.Most Home RunsFirst 91 Games of Season
2000 St. Louis Cardinals -- 157
2005 Texas Rangers -- 156
1999 Seattle Mariners -- 155
2000 Toronto Blue Jays -- 152
2012 New York Yankees -- 146

Freddy GarciaCareer vs Athletics
22 Starts
7-7 Record
5.22 ERA
.255 Opp Avg
21 Home Runs
4th Highest All-Time vs Oakland (min 100 IP)

Highest All-Time ERA vs Oakland (min 100 IP)
Darren Oliver -- 6.79
Bobby Witt -- 6.07
Dan Petry -- 5.31
Freddy Garcia -- 5.22
Jon Garland -- 5.18

Robinson Cano has a 21-game hitting streak:Longest Hitting Streaks This Season
Michael Brantley (CLE) -- 22
Robinson Cano (NYY) -- 21
Adam Jones (BAL) -- 20
Angel Pagan (SF) -- 20
Pablo Sandoval (SF) -- 20
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Robinson CanoAvg vs Pitch Type During Hitting Streak
Curve -- .324
Fastball -- .316
Change -- .286
Slider -- .280
Mark TeixeiraFirst Series in Oakland in May
.571 Average
8 for 14
3 Home Runs
3 Doubles
8 RBI
Last 17 Games in Oakland: .313, 9 HR, 21 RBI

The 600 Home Run Club
Barry Bonds -- 762
Hank Aaron -- 755
Babe Ruth -- 714
Willie Mays -- 660
Alex Rodriguez -- 643
Ken Griffey -- 630
Sammy Sosa -- 609
Jim Thome -- 609

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.