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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.

Bregman's big night against A's catches attention of his counterpart

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Bregman's big night against A's catches attention of his counterpart

HOUSTON — A subplot to Friday night’s game at Minute Maid Park is one that will likely repeat itself often over the next few years.

The A’s and Astros boast two of the better young third basemen in the American League in Matt Chapman and Alex Bregman. Both are under 25, excellent with the glove and sure to face each other plenty as AL West opponents. The difference right now is Bregman is a key piece to a team likely to contend for the World Series.

Dallas Keuchel dominated the A’s on the mound Friday, but he got a huge assist from his 23-year-old third baseman.

Bregman made several standout defensive plays and drilled an opposite-field homer off Sean Manaea in the Astros’ 3-1 victory. Paying close attention from the opposing dugout was Chapman, who’s part of the A’s young nucleus that’s taking its lumps as it tries to learn how to win consistently at the major league level.

“He definitely showed up ready to play today,” Chapman said of Bregman. “He was all over the place at third base. I like to watch opposing third basemen and see what they kind of do. He’s definitely good at his craft.”

The two know each other well. Chapman, 24, played at Cal State Fullerton while Bregman attended LSU. They never faced each other in college, but they played together on Team USA in the summer of 2013, and Chapman praised the way Bregman goes about the game.

“(Bregman) literally is a shortstop playing third,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “So the ones on the run, especially to his backhand, he’s used to making those plays. He was significant in where the game went.”

Bregman has filled in at shortstop lately for Houston with Carlos Correa on the disabled list, though Marwin Gonzalez played short Friday.

Manaea, his fastball still lacking its typical zip of late, went six solid innings and showed improvement after three consecutive poor outings. The difference Friday was his ability to pitch inside better. He had a good changeup to offset a slider that he’s still trying to rediscover the feel for.

“I was just trying to let loose and not worry too much about the little things —mechanics , pitch grips, finishing through the ball,” Manaea said. “Today I just threw everything out the window and let my arm take care of everything.”

But his margin for error was minuscule with Keuchel dealing over seven innings of three-hit ball. Manaea fell behind Bregman 2-0 in the third and watched Bregman deposit a ball into the right field seats. Manaea then got ahead 0-2 on the next hitter, MVP candidate Jose Altuve. He tried to go high and tight with a fastball but caught too much plate, and Altuve made it back-to-back homers.

Former Athletic Josh Reddick singled home another run off Manaea in the sixth for a 3-0 Houston lead.

That was sufficient for Keuchel, whose repertoire was an eye-opener for Chapman and some of the A’s other young hitters. Chapman -- who came in leading AL rookies in runs, homers, RBI and extra base hits since the All-Star break -- doubled off the lefty in the fifth. But the A's only run came on Matt Joyce's eighth-inning homer against reliever Chris Devenski.

“(Keuchel) was getting ahead,” Chapman said. “If he happened to fall behind, he was still making quality pitches. You can prepare as much as you want, but until you get out there and see for yourself, that’s how you make adjustments.”

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways as A's can't find answers vs Keuchel

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Instant Analysis: Five takeaways as A's can't find answers vs Keuchel

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HOUSTON — Sean Manaea was much improved Friday night over his previous three starts for the A’s.

Unfortunately for the left-hander, he had no control over the work of his counterpart on the mound.

Astros lefty Dallas Keuchel was at his ground ball-inducing best, frustrating the A’s over seven scoreless innings as Houston continued its recent dominance over Oakland with a 3-1 victory in the opener of a three-game series at Minute Maid Park.

Keuchel recorded 17 of his 21 outs via ground ball, an astonishing rate but typical of the way the 2015 AL Cy Young winner likes to do business. He entered the night leading the major leagues in groundball percentage (64.7) among those with at least 90 innings pitched. Keuchel (11-2) got a big assist from his infield defense, particularly third baseman Alex Bregman and shortstop Marwin Gonzalez.

Manaea went six innings and gave up three runs, including back-to-back solo homers from Bregman and Jose Altuve in the third. But it was a definite step forward after his previous three outings, in which he surrendered 13 earned runs and 21 hits over just 6 2/3 innings.

The A’s mustered just five hits. Aside from Matt Joyce’s homer in the eighth, they didn’t advance a single runner past second base.

Oakland has dropped 11 of 13 games to Houston so far this season.

IMPROVED SHOWING: After showing signs of fatigue in his recent starts, Manaea showed improved form simply based on the batters he retired. His fastball generally sat between 89-91, still a bit below normal, but he overall pitched more effectively and turned in his longest outing since going seven innings July 27. He gave up six hits over his six innings, struck out two and walked one. A wild pitch in the sixth hurt, as it set up Josh Reddick’s RBI single.

HEY, IT’S PROGRESS: Seeing Manaea get through a scoreless first inning was noteworthy, as the A’s had gone five consecutive games with allowing at least one run in the first.

PINDER DEBUTS IN CENTER: Matt Olson entered the game as a pinch hitter in the top of the eighth, then went to right field in the bottom half. That pushed Chad Pinder over to center field, his first time playing the position in the major leagues. Manager Bob Melvin has mentioned Pinder is likely to draw some starts in center before the end of the season.

STRIKEOUTS MOUNTING FOR KD: After striking out four times Wednesday, the A’s cleanup man struck out three more times Friday. His 158 strikeouts entering the night were tied for eighth most in franchise history.

CATCHING UPDATE: Josh Phegley, coming back from a strained oblique, has played two games for Triple-A Nashville on a rehab assignment. Melvin said the A’s are not going to rush Phegley. Part of that is they think highly of the work Dustin Garneau has done in his place as the right-handed portion of the catching platoon with Bruce Maxwell.