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Rookie righty Brad Ziegler of the Oakland Athletics sets a new major league record

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Throwing Well by chinmusic on Monday 28 July 2008 at 11:26 am

28-year old righty reliever Brad Ziegler has set a new major league record for consecutive shutout innings to start a major league career with 27 and counting. The sidearming Ziegler has been awesome this season as he has only allowed 16 hits and walked 6 batters in the 27 innings he has pitched. The more amazing part about Ziegler is that he has only whiffed 13 batters this season which means that he’s pitching to contact and still has not been giving up any runs. Ziegler broke George McQuillen’s record which had stood since 1907. He pitched in 6 games (5 starts) in 1907 and he was 4-0 with a 0.66 ERA and a 0.78 WHIP. McQuillen pitched in 273 games (173 starts) in his major league career and he was 85-89 with 14 saves, a 2.38 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. His record shows that McQuillen was pitching in a “dead ball era” which makes Ziegler’s accomplishment that more amazing for the A’s this season.

GM Billy Beane is likely burning up the phone lines for the Oakland Athletics

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Trade Rumors by chinmusic on Friday 25 July 2008 at 5:04 pm

The Oakland A’s seem to be in fire sale mode despite being 52-49 on the season. The A’s are now 10 games behind the Angels in the A.L. West and 7 games behind the Red Sox for the Wild Card. With that in mind it seems that Beane has his finger on the red button on his desk with the idea of blowing up the team. Bobby Crosby, Mark Ellis, Emil Brown, Matt Murton, Huston Street and Alan Embree could all be on the move by July 31st. Beane still has his biggest trade chip in All-Star righty starting pitcher Justin Duchscherer who is leading the American League in ERA. He has stared 17 games for the A’s this season and he is 10-6 with a 1.87 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP. He has allowed an amazing 77 hits in 115 innings which no one could have seen coming. The A’s would likely demand a haul similar to what they got back for Rich Harden in order to pull the trigger with Duchscherer.

The Oakland Athletics designate Donnie Murphy for assignment

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Tuesday 22 July 2008 at 8:39 am

The Oakland A’s have decided to designate reserve infielder Donnie Murphy for assignment. He played in 42 games for the A’s this season and he was 19 for 101 (.188 avg, .585 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 3 homers and 13 RBIs. Murphy also whiffed 37 times which is another reason the A’s decided to let him go. The A’s have recalled 28-year old switch hitting infielder Brad Conrad to replace Murphy on the roster and the bench. He made his major league debut last season and he went 0 for 3 with 2 whiffs. Conrad played in 93 games in AAA ball this season prior to being called up and he was 88 for 364 (.242 avg, .805 OPS) with 71 runs scored, 21 homers and 67 RBIs. Conrad has one thing in common with Murphy and that is whiffing at a alarming rate as he struck out 94 times in AAA this season.

The Oakland Athletics place Daric Barton on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Injuries by chinmusic on Sunday 20 July 2008 at 6:49 pm

The Oakland A’s have placed starting 1B Daric Barton on the 15-day disabled list with a neck strain. Barton has played in 89 games for the A’s this season and he is 62 for 277 (.224 avg, .638 OPS) with 36 runs scored, 2 homers and 25 RBIs. The A’s have recalled 1B Wes Bankston from AAA ball to replace Barton both on the roster and at 1B. Bankston has played in 10 games for the A’s this season and he is 12 for 39 (.308 avg, .787 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer and 3 RBIs. It’s possible that Bankston could cut into Barton’s playing time if he plays well while he is out as Barton has been a huge disappointment for the A’s this season.

The Oakland Athletics dump Joe Blanton on the Phillies

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Friday 18 July 2008 at 9:13 am

The Oakland Athletics have traded Joe Blanton to the Phillies for Adrian Cardenas, Josh Outman and Matt Spencer. 27-year old righty Joe Blanton has not pitched well this season for the A’s. He started 20 games for the A’s this season and he was 5-12 with a 4.96 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP. Blanton finished his career pitching in 122 games (118 starts) for the A’s in which he was 47-46 with a 4.25 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. 20-year old lefty swinging Adrian Cardenas was the biggest key of the trade as he was the Phillies’ #2 prospect coming into the season according to Baseball America. Cardenas has played in 67 games in A-Ball this season and he was 80 for 259 (.309 avg, .818 OPS) with 44 runs scored, 4 homers, 23 RBIs and 16 stolen bases. He will eventually be the starting 2B for the A’s down the road. 23-year old lefty starting pitcher Josh Outman was the #4 rated prospect in the Phillies’ system coming into this season according to Baseball America. Outman has pitched in 33 games (5 starts) in AA-Ball this season and he is 5-4 with a 3.20 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP. 21-year old lefty swinging Matt Spencer was the #28 prospect in the Phillies’ minor league system coming into this season according to Baseball America. Spencer has played in 84 games in A-Ball this season and he is 76 for 305 (.249 avg, .684 OPS) with 39 runs scored, 6 homers, 41 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. The A’s are raising the White Flag on this season but they are really stockpiling quality prospects for the future. Still, the major league club will suffer because of the moves the team has made the last couple of weeks.

The Oakland Athletics are happy with James Simmons

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Minors by chinmusic on Monday 14 July 2008 at 9:26 am

21-year old righty starting pitcher James Simmons is on the rise for the A’s. He was the #3 prospect in the A’s minor league system coming into this season according to Baseball America and he’s showing why this year. Simmons has started 15 games in AA ball for the A’s this season and he is 4-4 with a 3.28 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP. Look for the A’s to take their time with Simmons as they have a lot of other good young pitchers in their farm system.

Jesus Guzman is rising through the Oakland A’s farm system

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Minors by chinmusic on Thursday 10 July 2008 at 8:02 am

24-year old righty swinging 2B Jesus Guzman has been dominating the minor leagues this season. He has played in 87 games in AA+AAA ball and he is 124 for 365 (.340 avg, .925 OPS) with 58 runs scored, 15 homers, 78 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. If Mark Ellis is either traded this month or gets injured the A’s will likely give Guzman his big chance at the majors.

The Oakland Athletics trade Rich Harden and Chad Gaudin to the Cubs for four players

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Tuesday 8 July 2008 at 8:30 pm

The Oakland A’s have traded 26-year old righty starting pitcher Rich Harden and 25-year old righty starter/reliever Chad Gaudin to the Cubs for Sean Gallagher, Matt Murton, Eric Patterson and Josh Donaldson. The A’s took advantage of the Cubs because of the Brewers’ acquistion of C.C. Sabathia yesterday. A’s GM Billy Beane struck a deal while the iron was hot as Rich Harden is actually healthy right now but that will change soon. He probably was trying to do the same thing with Bobby Crosby before he was recently injured. Harden has started 13 games for the A’s this season and he is 5-1 with a 2.34 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. He’s maintained his outstanding stuff all season long for the A’s as he has whiffed 92 batters while allowing only 57 hits in 77 innings this year. Harden finishes his career with the A’s having pitched in 97 games (89 starts) and he was 36-19 with a 3.42 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. Chad Gaudin will likely be added to the Cubs’ rotation when Harden breaks down. Gaudin has pitched in 26 games (6 starts) for the A’s this season and he is 5-3 with a 3.59 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP. Gaudin has now pitched in 161 games (50 starts) in his major league career and he is 24-23 with 2 saves, a 4.33 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP.

22-year old righty starting pitcher Sean Gallagher will likely move right into Rich Harden’s slot in the rotation. Gallagher has pitched in 12 games (10 starts) for the Cubs this season and he was 3-4 with a 4.45 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. Gallagher has now pitched in 20 games (10 starts) in his major league career and he is 3-4 with 1 save, a 5.28 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP. Gallagher was the #5 rated prospect in the Cubs’ minor league system coming into this season according to Baseball America’s Prospect Handbook. 26-year old outfielder Matt Murton will bring a solid bat to the Oakland A’s and they have a need for one. The righty swinging Murton can handle either of the corner outfield jobs on defense. He has played in 19 games for the Cubs this season and he is 10 for 40 (.250 avg, .586 OPS) with 2 runs scored and 6 RBIs. Murton has now played in 308 games in his major league career and he is 256 for 870 (.294 avg, .810 OPS) with 126 runs scored, 28 homers, 104 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. 25-year old lefty swinging Eric Patterson will also likely help the A’s this season. He has played in 13 games for the Cubs this season and he is 9 for 38 (.237 avg, .660 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 1 homer, 7 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Patterson was the #12 ranked prospect in the Cubs’ system heading into this season according to Baseball America. Patterson has played excellent in AAA ball this season as he has played in 53 games there and he is 65 for 203 (.320 avg, .875 OPS) with 33 runs scored, 6 homers, 28 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. 22-year old righty swinging catcher Josh Donaldson could be the best player of this bunch long term. He is struggling this season in A-Ball but he was very solid last year. Donaldson has played in 63 games this season in A-Ball and he is 51 for 235 (.217 avg, .625 OPS) with 27 runs scored, 6 homers, 23 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. Donaldson was the #7 rated prospect coming into this season in the Cubs’ farm system according to Baseball America. Donaldson played in 53 games in the Rookie League and A-Ball last season and he was 58 for 173 (.335 avg, 1.050 OPS) with 38 runs scored, 9 homers, 35 RBIs and 6 stolen bases which shows what he can do. This was not a White Flag move for the A’s as they needed some hitting and Murton and Patterson will help them out the rest of the way. Gallagher should step into the rotation and while he’s not nearly as talented as Harden…..he’s not nearly as brittle either.

The Oakland Athletics place shortstop Bobby Crosby on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Injuries by chinmusic on Saturday 5 July 2008 at 4:34 pm

The A’s have placed starting shortstop Bobby Crosby on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. You knew Crosby was going to break down at some point this season but at least the injury doesn’t seem very serious. Crosby has played in 84 games for the A’s this season and he is 86 for 331 (.260 avg, .692 OPS) with 41 runs scored, 4 homers, 38 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. The A’s have recalled Gregorio Petit from AAA ball and he will share time at shortstop with Donnie Murphy. Petit has played in 49 games in AAA ball this season and he is 59 for 194 (.304 avg, .728 OPS) with 27 runs scored, 18 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Petit has also played in 10 games for the A’s earlier this season and he was 6 for 18 (.333 avg, .757 OPS) with 3 runs scored. Donnie Murphy hasn’t played that well for the A’s this season. He has played in 32 games for the A’s this year and he is 15 for 74 (.203 avg, .631 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 3 homers, 9 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Petit and Murphy bring a different skill set to the A’s offensively as Murphy has better power but Petit will easily hit for a much better averaged. It will be interesting to see how they decide to split up the playing time while Crosby is out.

Daric Barton is running out of time as the starting 1B of the Oakland Athletics

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Saturday 5 July 2008 at 12:48 pm

Daric Barton was one of the key pieces in the Mark Mulder trade a couple of years ago and the A’s had high hopes for him. After a blistering September for the A’s last season they penciled him in as the starter at 1B for 2008 but he has really disappointed them. Barton has played in 81 games for the A’s this season and he is 58 for 259 (.224 avg, .643 OPS) with 34 runs scored, 3 homers and 24 RBIs. Barton is running out of chances for the A’s this season who are contending for the American League West Division. With that in mind the A’s have recalled Wes Bankston and he’s off to a good start cutting into Barton’s playing time. The A’s might also look to add a 1B in trade if Barton or Bankston aren’t giving them enough production out of the position soon.

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