Yonder Alonso is running out of time to turn things around for the Oakland A’s

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Saturday 4 June 2016 at 6:44 am

29-year old lefty swinging 1B Yonder Alonso could be running out of time with the Oakland A’s.  Alonso has played in 52 games for the A’s so far this year and he is 33 of 157 (.210 avg, .557 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 1 homer, 10 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  In his last 11 games, Alonso is only 4 for 31 (.129 avg, .390 OPS) with 4 runs scored.  The A’s need Alonso to start hitting, or he’s just taking up space on the roster.

The Oakland A’s are going to need more out of Coco Crisp

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Friday 20 May 2016 at 9:24 am

With Josh Reddick out for the next 4-6 weeks, it would be nice if 36-year old switch-hitting outfielder Coco Crisp could step up his game.  Crisp has played in 32 games for the A’s so far this year and he is 27 of 115 (.235 avg, .702 OPS) with 18 runs scored, 3 homers, 13 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  He has now played in 76 games in his last two years and he is 49 of 241 (.203 avg) with 29 runs scored, 3 homers, 19 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  He has been dealing with neck issues the last couple of years, so it’s doubtful that he can start full time.  The A’s just hope that he can start hitting like he used to when he first got to Oakland.

Billy Butler is the forgotten man for the Oakland A’s

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Friday 22 April 2016 at 8:18 am

30-year old righty swinging DH/1B Billy Butler is the forgotten man of the Oakland A’s so far in 2016.  Butler has played in 8 games so far this year for the A’s and he is 4 of 22 (.182 avg, .513 OPS) with 1 run scored.  He is in the second year of a 3-year, $30 million dollar deal, so they A’s won’t likely cut him…..they will likely just waste him on the bench.  Butler played in 151 games for the A’s last year (the first of his big contract) and he was 135 of 538 (.251 avg, .713 OPS) with 63 runs scored, 15 homers and 65 RBIs.  Only an injury will probably get Butler out of the Dog House in 2016.

The new guys the Oakland A’s traded for aren’t hitting yet

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Wednesday 13 April 2016 at 7:11 am

The Oakland A’s tried to boost the offense over the winter by trading for 29-year old lefty swinging 1B Yonder Alonso, 28-year old righty swinging OF Khris Davis and 30-year old lefty swinging 2B/OF Chris Coghlan.  But the results so far have been very unimpressive from this trio.  Alonso has played in 9 games for the A’s so far this year and he is 3 for 26 (.115 avg, .269 OPS) with 0 runs scored, 0 homers and 2 RBIs.  He has also whiffed 7 times without walking even once.  Davis has played in 9 games for the A’s this year and he is 5 for 30 (.167 avg, .419 OPS) with 1 run scored, 0 homers and 0 RBIs.  He has whiffed an amazingly awful 14 times this year while only walking once.  Coghlan has played in 7 games for the A’s this year and he is 4 for 23 (.174 avg, .478 OPS) with 1 run scored, 1 homer and 3 RBIs.  He has whiffed 7 times without walking even once so far this year.  Alonso, Davis and Coghlan are a combined 12 of 79 (.152 avg) with 2 runs scored, 1 homer and 5 RBIs.  Even more troubling is the 28 whiffs to only 1 walk!  That is not how you play Moneyball!

The Oakland Athletics shouldn’t expect much offense from their starting pitchers in 2016

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Thursday 24 March 2016 at 10:29 am

Outside of Henderson Alvarez, the Oakland A’s starting pitchers are pretty awful hitters.  This could cause them problems when they play on the road against National League teams in 2016.  Here is a look at how the starting pitchers of the Oakland A’s have hit so far in their careers:

Sonny Gray, righty swinger – Gray was 1 for 6 (.167 avg, .333 OPS) last year.  He is now 1 for 8 (.125 avg, .250 OPS) so far in his career.

Jesse Hahn, righty swinger – Hahn was 0 for 3 (.000 avg, .000 OPS) last year.  Hahn is now 2 for 25 (.080 avg, .160 OPS) with 1 run scored and 1 RBI so far in his career.

Rich Hill, lefty swinger – Hill didn’t bat at all last year.  He is now 14 of 114 (.123 avg, .287 OPS) with 1 run scored, 0 homers and 6 RBIs.

Kendall Graveman, righty swinger – Graveman has yet to bat in his career in the show.

Chris Bassitt, righty swinger – Bassitt was 0 for 2 (.000 avg, .000 OPS) last year.

Henderson Alvarez, righty swinger – Alvarez was 2 for 6 (.333 avg, .833 OPS) with 1 run scored and 1 RBI last year.  He is now 22 of 94 (.234 avg, .546 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 1 homer and 9 RBIs so far in his career.

Felix Doubront, lefty swinger – He didn’t bat last year.  He is now 1 for 11 (.091 avg, .258 OPS) so far in his career.

Brandon Moss is having a rough time in May with the bat for the Oakland A’s

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Monday 27 May 2013 at 7:26 am

29-year old lefty swinging 1B Brandon Moss started out the 2013 season like a ball of fire.  But, he has run into hard times so far in May for the A’s.  He has played in 22 games for the A’s so far in May and he is 11 for 64 (.172 avg, .655 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 3 homers and 7 RBIs.  Moss has now played in 46 games overall this year for the A’s and he is 37 for 152 (.243 avg, .783 OPS) with 24 runs scored, 7 homers, 26 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Moss is coming off a very solid year in 2012 for the A’s.  He played in 84 games for the A’s last year and he was 77 for 265 (.291 avg, .954 OPS) with 48 runs scored, 21 homers, 52 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Moss is looking like GM Billy Beane’s latest late bloomer, but the A’s need him to get back on the right track with the bat in the near future.

Eric Sogard isn’t hitting too well for the Oakland A’s in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Thursday 9 May 2013 at 8:58 am

26-year old lefty swinging 2B Eric Sogard just isn’t cutting it offensively for the A’s so far in 2013.  Sogard has played in 29 games for the A’s so far this year and he is 18 for 81 (.222 avg, .564 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 0 homers, 2 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  He has now played in 97 games in his first four years with the A’s and he is 52 of 260 (.200 avg, .547 OPS) with 25 runs scored, 4 homers, 13 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  29-year old righty swinging Adam Rosales deserves to start over Sogard at 2B.  Rosales has played in 12 games for the A’s so far this year and he is 12 for 41 (.293 avg, .819 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer and 3 RBIs.

Josh Reddick is off to a very slow start this year for the Oakland A’s

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Friday 26 April 2013 at 3:05 pm

26-year old lefty swinging RF Josh Reddick was big time in his first year with the A’s in 2012.  He played in 156 games for the A’s last year and he was 148 for 611 (.242 avg, .768 OPS) with 85 runs scored, 32 homers, 85 RBIs and 11 stolen bases.  This season has been a much different story so far this year for the A’s.  He has played in 19 games for the A’s so far this year and he is only 11 of 65 (.169 avg, .559 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 1 homer, 12 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  Maybe if Reddick shaved his goofy looking beard his bat would wake up.

The Oakland A’s acquire Chris Young in a three team deal

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster,Trades by chinmusic on Saturday 20 October 2012 at 8:44 pm

The Oakland A’s have acquired 29-year old righty swinging outfielder Chris Young and cash from the Arizona Diamondbacks. The A’s have sent 28-year old switch-hitting SS Cliff Pennington to the D-Backs and 22-year old righty swinging shortstop Yordy Cabrera as part of this deal. The Marlins have sent 35-year old righty reliever Heath Bell and cash to the D-Backs to complete this deal.

Chris Young has a good combination of speed and power, but he’s a hacker at the plate. Young played in 101 games for the D-Backs last year and he was 75 of 325 (.231 avg, .745 OPS) with 36 runs scored, 14 homers, 41 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. He has now played in 885 games in his first seven years in the majors and he is 758 of 3,173 (.239 avg, .755 OPS) with 453 runs scored, 132 homers, 408 RBIs and 112 stolen bases. Young is a lock to be a 20/20 man if he can stay healthy in 2012. He could even be a 30/30 man if he adjusts well to American League pitching and a change of scenery.

Cliff Pennington played in 125 games for the A’s last year and he was 90 of 418 (.215 avg, .589 OPS) with 50 runs scored, 6 homers, 28 RBIs and 15 stolen bases. He played in 525 games in his five years with the A’s and he was 435 of 1,738 (249 avg, .669 OPS) with 212 runs scored, 24 homers, 162 RBIs and 69 stolen bases. Pennington pretty much got forced out of the lineup last season due to a yearlong slump. I don’t think the A’s are going to miss him much, if at all, in 2013 and beyond. Yordy Cabrera came into the 2012 season as the A’s #15 prospect, but he took a big step backwards. He played in 60 games in A-ball last year and he was 51 of 220 (.232 avg, .625 OPS) with 26 runs scored, 3 homers, 21 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Cabrera played in 166 games in three years in the minors for the A’s and he was 137 of 595 (.230 avg, .648 OPS) with 88 runs scored, 9 homers, 68 RBIs and 25 stolen bases. A’s GM Billy Beane has struck again as Chris Young has a nice upside and he didn’t give up much to get him.

The Oakland A’s send Cliff Pennington to the bench

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Tuesday 21 August 2012 at 8:36 am

After last night’s acquisition of Stephen Drew, 28-year old switch-hitting Cliff Pennington will be sent to the bench…..and he deserves to sit there. Pennington has played in 92 games for the A’s so far this year and he is 62 of 313 (.198 avg, .549 OPS) with 35 runs scored, 3 homers, 18 RBIs and 13 stolen bases. He has now played in 492 games in his first five years with the A’s and he is 407 of 1,643 (.248 avg, .667 OPS) with 197 runs scored, 21 homers, 152 RBIs and 67 stolen bases. If Pennington would have just hit around .240 this year, the A’s wouldn’t have had to make a deal for his replacement.

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