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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.

Coco Crisp is heating up for the Oakland A’s

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well by joelapinski on Thursday 5 September 2013 at 7:40 am

33-year old switch-hitting CF Coco Crisp is turning up the power lately at the plate.  Since August 1st, Crisp has played in 25 games for the A’s in which he is 29 of 96 (.302 avg) with 20 runs scored, 8 homers, 16 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Crisp has now played in 111 games overall this year for the A’s and he is 113 of 435 (.260 avg, .769 OPS) with 75 runs scored, 18 homers, 54 RBIs and 17 stolen bases.  The A’s need Crisp to stay healthy the rest of the way in 2013, as he is in a zone at the plate right now.

Nate Freiman has been playing well for the Oakland A’s this year

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well by joelapinski on Wednesday 21 August 2013 at 7:47 am

26-year old righty swinging 1B Nate Freiman has been platooning with Brandon Moss, and the results have been good.  Freiman has played in 63 games for the A’s so far this year and he is 45 of 158 (.285 avg, .755 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 4 homers and 23 RBIs.  Freiman has been hot with the bat so far in August.  He has played in 9 games so far this month and he is 8 for 19 (.421 avg, 1.268 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 2 homers and 6 RBIs.  Freiman has been quite a find for A’s GM Billy Beane.

Josh Reddick is turning up the power in August for the Oakland A’s

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well by joelapinski on Tuesday 13 August 2013 at 7:04 am

26-year old lefty swinging outfielder Josh Reddick is turning up the power in August for the A’s.  Reddick has played in 9 games for the A’s so far in August and he is 6 for 28 (.214 avg, 1.121 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 5 homers and 8 RBIs.  Reddick has now played in 86 games for the A’s overall this year and he is 62 of 290 (.214 avg, .684 OPS) with 41 runs scored, 10 homers, 45 RBIs and 8 stolen bases.  The A’s need Reddick to keep pounding the ball, as he was sleepwalking at the plate until August.

It’s been all or nothing at the plate from Yoenis Cespedes in June for the Oakland A’s

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well by joelapinski on Saturday 29 June 2013 at 8:52 am

27-year old righty swinging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes seems to be swinging for the fences quite a bit so far this month.  Cespedes has played in 23 games so far in June for the A’s and he is 21 of 91 (.231 avg, .740 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 6 homers and 13 RBIs.  He has whiffed 28 times while walking only 5 times so far this month, so he has been all or nothing this month.  Cespedes has now played in 65 games overall this year for the A’s and he is 58 for 257 (.226 avg, .744 OPS) with 43 runs scored, 15 homers, 41 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  The A’s probably would trade some of Cespedes’ power for more contact at the plate.

Jed Lowrie has been losing a little of his pop at the plate for the Oakland A’s

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well by joelapinski on Friday 21 June 2013 at 4:45 pm

29-year old switch-hitting SS Jed Lowrie started out like a ball of fire in 2013, but he has lost his pop so far in June.  Lowrie has played in 69 games overall this year and he is 79 of 268 (.295 avg, .776 OPS) with 29 runs scored, 3 homers, 26 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  He has played in 18 games so far in June for the A’s and he is 21 of 73 (.288 avg, .700 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 0 homers and 3 RBIs.  He is still locked in at the plate though as he has walked more times (8) than he has whiffed (5) so far this month.  The A’s hope that Lowrie starts getting his power stroke back in the near future.  That is nitpicking though, as Lowrie is turning in a solid year so far in 2013 for the A’s.

Josh Donaldson is having a big time year for the Oakland A’s in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well by joelapinski on Saturday 15 June 2013 at 4:38 pm

27-year old righty swinging 3B Josh Donaldson is having a true breakout season for the A’s in 2013.  He has played in 67 games for the A’s so far this year and he is 78 for 252 (.310 avg, .877 OPS) with 34 runs scored, 9 homers, 42 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  Donaldson is leading the A’s in RBIs so far this year and he is second on the team in both runs scored and homers.  He has really excelled with the bat on the road for the A’s so far in 2013.  Donaldson has played in 36 games away from Oakland so far this year and he is 45 of 136 (.331 avg, .913 OPS) with 21 runs scored, 6 homers, 26 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  The A’s need Donaldson to keep swinging a hot bat.

Seth Smith is swinging a productive bat for the Oakland A’s in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well by joelapinski on Monday 3 June 2013 at 6:17 am

30-year old lefty swinging OF/DH Seth Smith has been solid with the bat so far in 2013.  Smith has played in 48 games for the A’s so far this year and he is 49 for 176 (.278 avg, .799 OPS) with 26 runs scored, 5 homers and 24 RBIs.  Smith has now played in 173 games in his first two years with the A’s and he is 141 of 559 (.252 avg, .768 OPS) with 81 runs scored, 19 homers, 76 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  The A’s hope that Smith keeps up the good work with the bat moving forward.

Josh Donaldson is off to a good start with the bat in 2013 for the Oakland A’s

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well by joelapinski on Saturday 4 May 2013 at 11:45 am

27-year old righty swinging 3B Josh Donaldson is off to a good start in 2013 with the bat.  He has played in 29 games for the A’s so far this year and he is 34 of 109 (.312 avg, .878 OPS) with 15 runs scored, 2 homers, 21 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  Donaldson has now played in 118 games in his first three years in the majors and he is 105 of 415 (.253 avg, .723 OPS) with 50 runs scored, 12 homers, 58 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  It looks like Donaldson is finally starting to feel at home at 3B after starting his career as a catcher.

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