Stephen Vogt of the Oakland A’s is an All Star

Blogged under All-Stars,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Sunday 10 July 2016 at 9:53 am

31-year old lefty swinging catcher Stephen Vogt of the Oakland A’s has been selected to the All Star Team for the second year in a row.  Vogt has played in 72 games for the A’s so far this year and he is 72 of 260 (.277 avg, .763 OPS) with 30 runs scored, 7 homers and 27 RBIs.  Vogt has now played in 357 games in his first five years in the show and he is 297 of 1,134 (.262 avg, .745 OPS) with 132 runs scored, 38 homers, 149 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Vogt will be the A’s lone representative in the Mid-Summer Classic this year.

Jake Smolinski is playing well for the Oakland A’s in 2016

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Tuesday 28 June 2016 at 9:30 am

27-year old righty swinging outfielder Jake Smolinski is playing well this year for the Oakland A’s.  He has played in 27 games for the A’s so far this year and he is 17 of 58 (.293 avg, .817 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 3 homers and 12 RBIs.  Smolinski has now played in 68 games in his first two years with the A’s and he is 41 of 164 (.250 avg, .774 OPS) with 20 runs scored, 8 homers and 32 RBIs.  Smolinski has been a find for the A’s.

Sean Doolittle is back to his old self this year for the Oakland A’s

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Wednesday 22 June 2016 at 10:45 am

29-year old lefty reliever Sean Doolittle is back to being his old self this year for the Oakland A’s after struggling through shoulder problems in 2015.  Doolittle has pitched in 33 games (0 starts) for the A’s so far this year and he is 2-2 with 3 saves, a 2.51 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP.  He has given up only 19 hits and 8 walks while whiffing 35 batters in his first 28 2/3 innings so far this year, as he has been excellent!  Doolittle has now pitched in 220 games (0 starts) in his first five years with the A’s and he is 12-12 with 32 saves, a 2.97 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP.

Khris Davis brought his whopping stick with him last night for the Oakland A’s

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Outstanding Performances,Playing Well by joelapinski on Wednesday 18 May 2016 at 2:55 pm

28-year old righty swinging outfielder Khris Davis brought his whooping stick with him last night for the Oakland A’s!  Davis was 3 for 5 with 3 runs scored, 3 homers and 6 RBIs in the A’s 8-5 win over the Texas Rangers.  He hit a walkoff grand slam off of Rangers’ then closer (he has been replaced by Sam Dyson) Shawn Tolleson.  His other two homers were solo blasts off of Cole Hamels.  So that was some very impressive work!  Davis has now played in 37 games for the A’s so far this year and he is 33 of 145 (.228 avg, .746 OPS) with 16 runs scored, 11 homers and 28 RBIs.  He is leading the A’s in both homers (11) and RBIs (28) so far this year.  He is also tied for 3rd in runs scored (16) on the A’s.  He has only walked 3 times while whiffing 38 times so far this year for the A’s, but they will put up with that in return for the power that he provides!

Danny Valencia of the Oakland A’s brought his whooping stick to Tampa over the weekend!

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Monday 16 May 2016 at 12:03 pm

31-year old righty swinging 3B Danny Valencia of the Oakland A’s feasted on Tampa Bay Rays’ pitchers over the weekend!  Valencia was 3 for 5 with 3 runs scored, 3 homers and 5 RBIs in the A’s 7-6 win over the Rays at Tropicana Field yesterday.  His last homer was a 2-run shot off of Steve Geltz in the ninth inning to give the A’s a 7-6 lead!  Valencia played in 3 games over the weekend against the Rays and he was 6 for 12 (.500 avg) with 5 runs scored, 5 homers and 7 RBIs.  Valencia has now played in 20 games for the A’s so far this year and he is 25 of 73 (.342 avg, .966 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 5 homers and 10 RBIs.  Valencia has now played in 67 games in his first two years with the A’s and he is 77 of 256 (.301 avg, .909 OPS) with 44 runs scored, 16 homers and 47 RBIs.  It looks like Valencia has found a home in Oakland!

Josh Reddick is ripping the ball right now for the Oakland A’s

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Wednesday 11 May 2016 at 11:43 am

29-year old lefty swinging right fielder Josh Reddick is crushing the ball right now for the Oakland A’s.  In his last 12 games, Reddick is 19 for 47 (.404 avg, .919 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 0 homers and 6 RBIs.  He has now played in 33 games for the A’s so far this year and he is 40 for 123 (.325 avg, .828 OPS) with 15 runs scored, 4 homers, 17 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  Reddick has now played in 561 games in his first five years with the A’s and he is 514 of 2,008 (.256 avg, .760 OPS) with 274 runs scored, 80 homers, 289 RBIs and 33 stolen bases.

Billy Burns is looking good again in 2016 for the Oakland A’s

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Thursday 5 May 2016 at 11:33 am

26-year old switch-hitting CF Billy Burns is proving that last year was not a fluke for the Oakland Athletics.  He has played in 24 games for the A’s so far this year and he is 26 of 96 (.271 avg, .651 OPS) with 12 runs scored, 0 homers, 3 RBIs and 8 stolen bases.  Burns has now played in 162 games in his first three years with the A’s and he is 180 of 622 (.289 avg, .711 OPS) with 86 runs scored, 5 homers, 45 RBIs and 37 stolen bases.  I just love watching Burns play, as he is a hustling machine and his speed is a real weapon for the A’s.

The Oakland A’s are getting solid production from their catchers again in 2016

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Saturday 30 April 2016 at 10:38 am

Last year the Oakland A’s got outstanding production offensively from their catchers.  31-year old lefty swinging Stephen Vogt and 28-year old righty swinging Josh Phegley combined to go 172 of 670 (.257 avg) with 85 runs scored, 27 homers and 105 RBIs in 2015.  They are at it again this year.  Vogt has played in 21 games for the A’s so far this year and he is 19 of 75 (.253 avg, .750 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 3 homers and 6 RBIs.  Phegley has played in 7 games for the A’s so far this year and he is 8 of 23 (.348 avg, .766 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers and 1 RBI.  The power has been a little behind schedule so far out of these two, but I don’t expect that to last.

Alberto Callaspo has played pretty decent for the Oakland A’s

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Thursday 26 September 2013 at 11:37 am

30-year old switch-hitting 2B/3B Alberto Callaspo has been a solid addition for the A’s.  He came over in a deal with the Angels for infielder Grant Green (who is playing pretty well for them also).  Callaspo has played in 47 games for the A’s so far this year and he is 40 for 149 (.268 avg, .741 OPS) with 18 runs scored, 4 homers and 19 RBIs.  Callaspo has now played in 133 games overall for the A’s and Angels in which he is 114 of 443 (.257 avg, .695 OPS) with 50 run scored, 9 homers and 55 RBIs.  Callaspo’s versatility in the field and his switch hitting has made him a nice asset for the A’s.

Brandon Moss is turning in a great year in 2013 for the Oakland A’s

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Tuesday 17 September 2013 at 4:14 pm

30-year old lefty swinging 1B Brandon Moss is GM Billy Beane’s latest find off the scrap heap.  Moss has played in 136 games for the A’s so far this year and he is 106 of 415 (.255 avg, .847 OPS) with 68 runs scored, 27 homers, 77 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  Moss is leading the A’s with his 27 homers so far this year.  He is also #5 in runs scored (68) and he is #2 on the team in RBIs (77) in 2013.  Moss has now played in 220 games in his first two years with the A’s and he is 183 of 680 (.269 avg, .889 OPS) with 116 runs scored, 48 homers, 129 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.

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