The Oakland A’s had a rock solid first half in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Season Reviews by joelapinski on Tuesday 16 July 2013 at 6:55 am

The Oakland A’s are in first place at the All-Star Break!  They finished the first half of the season with a 56-39 record (58.9%), which has them 2 games ahead of the Rangers.  Here is a look at the players that made the biggest impacts in the first half of the 2013 season for the A’s, in my opinion:

TEAM MVP:  Josh Donaldson – 27-year old righty swinging 3B Josh Donaldson finished the 2012 season strongly with the bat and that has continued in 2013.  Donaldson has played in 93 games for the A’s so far this year and he is 107 of 345 (.310 avg, .900 OPS) with 50 runs scored, 16 homers, 61 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  Donaldson is the team leader for the A’s in runs scored (50), RBIs (61), walks (40) and he’s tied for the team lead in homers (18, with Brandon Moss) so far in 2013.

BIGGEST SURPRISE:  Bartolo Colon – 40-year old righty starting pitcher Bartolo Colon has been electric for the A’s so far in 2013.  He has pitched in 19 games (all starts) for the A’s so far this year and he is 12-3 with a 2.70 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP.  He has given up 126 hits and only 15 walks while whiffing 70 batters in his first 126 2/3 innings so far this year, as he has been impressive.

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT:  Josh Reddick – 26-year old lefty swinging RF Josh Reddick is having a rough season in 2013.  Reddick has played in 65 games for the A’s so far this year and he is 48 of 220 (.218 avg, .645 OPS) with 28 runs scored, 4 homers, 32 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  The A’s hope that Reddick gets his power stroke back in the near future.

The Oakland Athletics were a disappointment in 2011

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Season Reviews by chinmusic on Monday 10 October 2011 at 12:28 pm

The Oakland A’s just couldn’t hit in 2011 and that doomed them. They were 74-88 on the year, which had them in 3rd place in the A.L. West, 22 games behind the Rangers. Here is a look at the things that really stood out to me about the A’s in 2011:

TEAM MVP: 32-year old righty swinging LF Josh Willingham was the only A’s batter with more than 14 homers or 72 RBIs in 2011. Willingham played in 136 games for the A’s in 2011 and he was 120 for 488 (.246 avg, .810 OPS) with 69 runs scored, 29 homers, 98 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. Willingham led the A’s in homers and RBIs, while finishing tied with Coco Crisp in runs scored.

BEST PITCHER: 26-year old lefty starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez was very solid for the A’s in 2011. He pitched in 32 games (all starts) for the A’s in 2011 and he was 16-12 with a 3.12 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP. Gonzalez only gave up 175 hits in 202 innings last year while whiffing 197 batters. He still needs to cut down on his walks a little bit (he had 91 of them in 2011), but that’s nitpicking.

PLEASANT SURPRISE: This was a tie between 27-year old righty starting pitcher Guillermo Moscoso and 28-year old righty starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy. Moscoso pitched in 23 games (21 starts) for the A’s last year and he was 8-10 with a 3.38 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP. McCarthy pitched in 25 games (all starts) for the A’s last year and he was 9-9 with a 3.32 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT: 31-year old lefty swinging RF David DeJesus was a career .289 batter with a .787 OPS in his first 9 years in the majors. That is the reason why the A’s picked him up last winter. But, in 2011, DeJesus was awful with the bat for the A’s. DeJesus played in 131 games for the A’s last year and he was 106 for 442 (.240 avg, .698 OPS) with 60 runs scored, 10 homers, 46 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.

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