Dan Otero has been rock solid for the Oakland A’s

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Sunday 22 September 2013 at 8:40 am

When the A’s claimed 28-year old righty reliever Dan Otero off waivers from the Yankees, I’m sure they didn’t think he would become the pitcher that he has in 2013.  Otero pitched in 23 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the A’s this year and he was 1-0 with 15 saves, a 0.99 ERA and a 0.55 WHIP.  That earned him a promotion to the show.  He has pitched in 31 games (0 starts) for the A’s so far this year and he is 2-0 with a 1.43 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.  He has given up 42 hits and 6 walks while whiffing 26 batters in his first 37 2/3 innings this year.  Otero has now pitched in 43 games (0 starts) in his first two years in the majors and he is 2-0 with a 2.52 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.

Sonny Gray has responded to the challenge for the Oakland A’s

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Tuesday 10 September 2013 at 4:09 pm

The A’s have thrown 23-year old righty rookie starting pitcher Sonny Gray into the fire in the playoff race and he is responding to the challenge so far.  Gray has pitched in 8 games (6 starts) for the A’s so far this year and he is 2-3 with a 2.51 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP.  Gray has given up 32 hits and 11 walks while whiffing 44 batters in his first 43 innings of his major league career, which are very, very impressive numbers.  Gray also pitched in 20 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the A’s earlier this year and he was 10-7 with a 3.42 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP.  Gray came into this season as the A’s #5 prospect according to Baseball America.

Jarrod Parker was red hot for the Oakland A’s in August

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Sunday 1 September 2013 at 7:44 am

24-year old righty starting pitcher Jarrod Parker was awesome in August for the A’s and they hope he continues to roll in September and October.  Parker pitched in 6 games (all starts) in August for the A’s and he was 4-0 with a 2.23 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP.  Parker has now pitched in 27 games (all starts) for the A’s overall this year and he is 10-6 with a 3.59 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.  Parker has given up 147 hits and 57 walks while whiffing 118 batters in his first 170 1/3 innings, which are pretty impressive numbers.

A.J. Griffin has been rock solid for the Oakland A’s in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Tuesday 30 July 2013 at 7:25 am

25-year old righty starting pitcher A.J. Griffin has been rock solid in 2013 for the A’s.  Griffin pitched in 22 games (all starts) for the A’s last year and he is 10-7 with a 3.90 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP.  Griffin has given up 125 hits and 31 walks while whiffing 111 batters in his first 140 2/3 innings so far this year, which is impressive.  But, he has given up a major league leading 26 homers so far this year, but he has limited the damage by throwing strikes.  Griffin has now pitched in 37 games (all starts) in his first two years for the A’s and he is 17-8 with a 3.59 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP.  The A’s need Griffin to keep up the good work.

Bartolo Colon could be living on borrowed time for the Oakland A’s

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Wednesday 24 July 2013 at 12:19 pm

Ryan Braun of the Brewers was hit with a 65 game suspension for being involved with the Biogenesis Lab in Miami.  40-year old righty starting pitcher Bartolo Colon could be staring down a 100 game suspension, as his name has been brought up in connection with that Lab.  Colon has pitched in 20 games (all starts) for the A’s so far this year and he is 13-3 with a 2.52 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP.  Colon has given up 130 hits and 16 walks while whiffing 75 batters in his first 135 2/3 innings, which is impressive.  He also has 3 complete games so far this year and they are all shutouts.  Colon has pitched in 9 games (all starts) since June 1st and he is 7-1 with a 1.65 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP.  Losing Colon would be a huge blow to the A’s as he is pitching the best ball of his major league career at age 40, which has to send off red flags about him.

Bartolo Colon is looking sharp for the Oakland A’s in 2013

Blogged under All-Stars,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Wednesday 3 July 2013 at 3:16 pm

40-year old righty starting pitcher Bartolo Colon has been amazing so far in 2013.  He has pitched in 16 games (all starts) for the A’s so far this year and he is 11-2 with a 2.79 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP.  He has given up 102 hits and 13 walks while whiffing 61 batters in his first 106 1/3 innings which is impressive.  Colon has now pitched in 40 games (all starts) in his first two years with the A’s and he is 21-11 with a 3.17 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP.  Colon’s name has popped up concerning the Biogenesis Lab in Miami, and that has to worry the A’s.

UPDATE:  (7/8/2013) – Bartolo Colon is heading to the All-Star Game as the A’s only representative.  Colon has pitched in 17 games (all starts) for the A’s so far this year and he is 11-3 with a 2.78 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP.

Jarrod Parker has been electric latey for the Oakland A’s

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Tuesday 11 June 2013 at 11:44 am

24-year old righty starting pitcher Jarrod Parker had a solid year in 2012 as a rookie, but he had a rough time in April.  He appears to be back on the right track now.  Since May 1st, Parker has started 7 games in which he is 4-2 with a 2.96 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP.  Parker has now pitched in 13 games (all starts) so far this year for the A’s and he is 5-6 with a 4.68 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP.  The A’s need Parker to keep up the good work moving forward.

Grant Balfour is off to a good start in 2013 for the Oakland A’s

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Thursday 23 May 2013 at 11:27 am

35-year old righty reliever Grant Balfour has no intentions of losing his closer’s gig like he did early in 2012, before regaining it late in the year.  Balfour has pitched in 18 games (0 starts) for the A’s so far this year and he is 0-0 with 9 saves, a 1.47 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.  Balfour has given up 13 hits and 8 walks (too many) in his first 18 1/3 innings while whiffing 20 batters….which is impressive.  Balfour has now pitched in 155 games (0 starts) in his first three years with the A’s and he is 8-4 with 35 saves, a 2.38 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP.

Ryan Cook is looking good for the Oakland A’s once again in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Monday 13 May 2013 at 4:47 pm

25-year old righty reliever Ryan Cook is looking nasty again for the A’s in 2013.  He has pitched in 16 games (0 starts) for the A’s so far this year and he is 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP.  Cook gave up 11 hits and 7 walks in his first 17 innings this year while whiffing 22 batters, which is pretty darn impressive.  Cook has pitched in 87 games (0 starts) in his first two years with the A’s and he is 7-2 with 14 saves, a 1.99 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP.

Bartolo Colon is off to a fast start for the Oakland A’s in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Monday 22 April 2013 at 9:24 am

39-year old righty starting pitcher Bartolo Colon is off to a good start in 2013 for the A’s.  Colon pitched in 24 games (all starts) for the A’s last year and he was 10-9 with a 3.43 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP, before his season ended early for him testing positive for PEDs.  So he missed a start this year while finishing up his suspension.  But, he looks like he hasn’t missed a beat so far this year for the A’s.  He has pitched in 3 games (all starts) for the A’s so far this year and he is 2-0 with a 3.32 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP.  He has given up 20 hits so far this year, but he has yet to walk a batter while whiffing 10 batters in his first 19 innings this year.  The A’s hope that Colon keeps up the good work and stays clean this year.

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