Marcus Semien is turning up the power for the Oakland A’s

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Tuesday 27 September 2016 at 1:21 pm

26-year old righty swinging SS Marcus Semien is pounding the ball this year for the Oakland A’s.  Semien has played in 153 games for the A’s so far this year and he is 127 of 546 (.233 avg, .723 OPS) with 68 runs scored, 26 homers, 70 RBI and 9 stolen bases.  Semien is second currently on the A’s in both homers and RBI.  He is also #3 in run scored for the A’s right now.  Semien has now played in 308 games in his first two years with the A’s and he is 270 of 1,102 (.245 avg, .719 OPS) with 133 runs scored, 41 homers, 115 RBI and 20 stolen bases.  The A’s hope that Semien can bring his batting average up 20-30 points in 2017, without sacrificing any power.

Ryon Healy is locked in at the plate for the Oakland A’s

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Sunday 18 September 2016 at 8:30 am

24-year old righty swinging rookie 3B Ryon Healy came into this season as the Oakland A’s #22 prospect according to Baseball America.  He is proving that he was too far down on that list.  Healy has played in 58 games since the A’s called him up and he is 66 of 212 (.311 avg, .877 OPS) with 28 runs scored, 10 homers and 29 RBI.  Since September 1st, Healy has played in 15 games for the A’s in which he is 23 of 59 (.390 avg, 1.115 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 4 homers and 12 RBI.  It looks as if he has already won the A’s starting gig at 3B for the 2017 season.  That being said, the A’s hope Healy keeps raking the last couple weeks of the 2016 season!

Khris Davis is turning in an outstanding season for the Oakland A’s in 2016

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Wednesday 7 September 2016 at 11:02 am

28-year old righty swinging outfielder Khris Davis is turning in an outstanding season for the Oakland A’s in 2016.  Davis has played in 129 games for the A’s so far this year and he is 121 of 481 (.252 avg, .819 OPS) with 72 runs scored, 35 homers, 86 RBI and 1 stolen base.  He has whiffed 143 times so far this year, but that is a small price to pay for the power he has shown in 2016.  Since the All-Star break, Davis has played in 48 games for the A’s in which he is 45 of 175 (.257 avg, .919 OPS) with 33 runs scored, 16 homers and 31 RBI.  The A’s hope he finished strongly, as it would be cool to see Davis get up to 40 homers in 2016.

Billy Butler is locked in at the plate for the Oakland A’s

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Friday 5 August 2016 at 7:38 pm

30-year old righty swinging DH/1B Billy Butler was getting phased out early this year by the Oakland A’s, but he is heating up lately.  Since June 1st, Butler has played in 38 games for the A’s in which he is 34 of 102 (.333 avg) with 17 runs scored, 3 homers and 16 RBIs.  Butler has now played in 70 games so far this year for the A’s and he is 51 of 179 (.285 avg, .769 OPS) with 21 runs scored, 4 homers and 27 RBIs.  The A’s will keep giving Butler a lot of P.T. as long as he keeps raking at the plate.

Marcus Semien has taken his game to a new level in 2016 for the Oakland A’s

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Monday 1 August 2016 at 9:20 am

25-year old righty swinging SS Marcus Semien is taking his game to a new, much higher level for the Oakland Athletics in 2016!  Semien has played in 105 games for the A’s so far this year and he is 85 of 364 (.234 avg, .757 OPS) with 50 runs scored, 22 homers, 50 RBIs and 9 stolen bases.  Semien is leading the A’s in runs scored and he is second on the team in homers, RBIs and steals (technically he is the new team leader as Billy Burns had 14).  Semien has 14 errors at SS this year, so he has really improved defensively, as he had 35 errors last year!  Semien has now played in 260 games in his first two years with the A’s and he is 228 of 920 (.248 avg, .731 OPS) with 152 runs scored, 45 homers, 130 RBIs and 25 stolen bases.  Semien is one of only a few Oakland A’s players that is not too nervous on trade deadline day.

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!

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