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!

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.

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