Sean Manaea is back on track for the Oakland A’s

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Thursday 28 July 2016 at 7:41 am

24-year old lefty starting pitcher Sean Manaea came into this season as the Oakland A’s #2 prospect according to Baseball America.  He started out his rookie season getting welcomed to the Major Leagues rudely by opposing hitters.  But he has made some adjustments and he has pitched really well since June 1st.  Manaea has pitched in 9 games (8 starts) since June 1st for the A’s and he is 2-2 with a 3.13 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 15 games (14 starts) for the A’s overall this year and he is 3-5 with a 4.57 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP>  He has given up 92 hits and 20 walks while whiffing 75 batters in his first 86 2/3 innings of his Major League career.  The A’s hope that Manaea continues to improve the rest of the way in 2016.

Ryan Dull has been very impressive so far this year for the Oakland A’s

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Monday 18 July 2016 at 10:41 am

26-year old righty reliever Ryan Dull came into this season as the Oakland A’s #21 ranked prospect according to Baseball America.  Dull has pitched in 42 games (0 starts) for the A’s so far this year and he is 3-2 with 1 save, a 1.90 ERA and a 0.72 WHIP.  Dull has given up 24 hits and 10 walks while whiffing 48 batters in his first 47 1/3 innings for the A’s so far this year.  Dull has now pitched in 55 games (0 starts) in his first two years with the A’s and he is 4-4 with 2 saves, a 2.52 ERA and a 0.81 WHIP.  Dull could wind up being the closer in the near future for the A’s, depending on what goes on between now and the trade deadline.

Ryan Dull is looking sharp for the Oakland A’s in 2016

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Monday 13 June 2016 at 10:13 am

26-year old righty reliever Ryan Dull is looking sharp so far this year for the Oakland A’s.  Dull has pitched in 28 games (0 starts) for the A’s so far this year and he is 1-1 with a 2.51 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP.  He has given up only 20 hits and 8 walks while whiffing 33 batters in his first 32 1/3 innings for the A’s so far this year, which are impressive numbers.  Dull has now pitched in 41 games (0 starts) in his first two years with the A’s and he is 2-3 with 1 save, a 3.10 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP.  The A’s have a really good reliever to help build the bullpen of the future around.

Fernando Rodriguez is looking good so far for the Oakland A’s in 2016

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Saturday 28 May 2016 at 11:25 am

31-year old righty reliever Fernando Rodriguez is off to a good start in 2016 for the Oakland A’s.  He has pitched in 19 games (0 starts) for the A’s so far this year and he is 1-0 with a 2.10 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP.  He has only given up 16 hits and 9 walks while whiffing 26 batters in his first 25 2/3 for the A’s this year.  Rodriguez has now pitched in 82 games (0 starts) in his first three years with the A’s and he is 6-2 with a 3.09 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP.

Rich Hill is rewarding the Oakland A’s

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Sunday 22 May 2016 at 10:04 am

When the Oakland A’s signed 36-year old lefty starting pitcher Rich Hill to a 1-year, $6 million dollar deal…..it raised a lot of eyebrows around the league.  But, Hill is rewarding the A’s so far this year as he is pitching great.  Hill has pitched in 9 games (all starts) so far this year for the A’s and he is 6-3 with a 2.54 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.  Hill has only given up 35 hits and 21 walks while whiffing 59 batters in his first 49 2/3 innings this year.  He has now pitched in 13 games (all starts) in his last two years in the show and he is 8-4 with a 2.17 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP!  Those are amazing numbers for Hill, as he is surging to excellence late in his career.  He has now pitched in 210 games (83 starts) in his first 12 years in the show and he is 32-26 with a 4.36 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.  The A’s hope that Hill can keep up the good work!

The Oakland Athletics are getting great work out of John Axford

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Tuesday 26 April 2016 at 11:03 am

The Oakland A’s were sneaky in how they re-built the back end of their bullpen over the winter by locking up hard throwing ex-closers.  One of them was 33-year old righty reliever John Axford.  Axford pitched in 60 games (0 starts) for the Colorado Rockies last year and he was 4-5 with 25 saves, a 4.20 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP.  Axford has now pitched in 9 games (0 starts) for the A’s so far this year and he is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.80 WHIP.  He has only given up 8 hits and he has yet to walk a batter while whiffing 5 in his first 10 innings with the A’s.  He is looking great so far for the A’s!

The Oakland Athletics are getting good work out of their starting pitchers so far in 2016

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Monday 11 April 2016 at 11:36 am

The Oakland Athletics have gotten pretty good work out of their starting pitchers so far this year.  Righty Sonny Gray is the ace and he is 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP after one start.  He was sick last week and that’s why he has only started one game so far this year.  Lefty Rich Hill was not good in his first start, but he was electric in his second one.  He is 1-1 with a 3.12 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP so far this year.  Righty Chris Bassitt has also started two games for the A’s so far this year and he is 0-0 with a 2.92 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP.  Righty Kendall Graveman pitched really well in his first start, but he was still the losing pitcher.  He is 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA and a 0.75 WHIP so far this year.  Lefty Eric Surkamp was not involved in a decision in his first start of the year.  He is 0-0 with a 4.15 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.  So the A’s starting pitchers so far are a combined 2-2 with a 2.87 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP.  The A’s hope that they keep up the good work.

The Oakland A’s are getting great work out of the pen so far this year

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Thursday 7 April 2016 at 1:03 pm

The Oakland A’s bullpen was outstanding against the Chicago White Sox, despite the teams 1-2 start.  The seven relievers of the A’s are a combined 0-1 with 1 save, a 0.75 ERA and a 0.83 WHIP so far this year.  They have combined to pitch 12 innings in which they have allowed 10 hits, 1 run (it was earned) and they have whiffed 7 batters while walking none.  The only reliever to give up a run for the A’s so far this year has been Sean Doolittle.

Sean Doolittle might be looking over his back in 2016 for the Oakland A’s

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Saturday 2 April 2016 at 2:44 pm

29-year old lefty reliever Sean Doolittle was an American League All-Star in 2014 for the Oakland A’s.  He pitched in 61 games (0 starts) for the A’s in 2014 and he was 2-4 with 24 saves, a 2.73 ERA and a 0.73 WHIP.  But shoulder issues really hurt him in 2015.  He only pitched in 12 games (0 starts) for the A’s last year and he was 1-0 with 4 saves, a 3.95 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.  The A’s weren’t going to come into the 2016 season without a contingency plan at closer, so they signed 35-year old righty reliever Ryan Madson over the winter.  He pitched in 68 games (0 starts) for the Royals last year and he was 1-2 with 3 saves, a 2.13 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP.  Madson has yet to give up a run in spring training in his first 7 appearances.  Doolittle better stay healthy this year, or he won’t be closing very long.

Ryan Dull has been lights out this spring for the Oakland A’s

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Thursday 31 March 2016 at 12:36 pm

26-year old righty reliever Ryan Dull came into this season as the Oakland A’s #21 prospect according to Baseball America.  Dull has pitched in 8 games (0 starts) in spring training so far and he is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.54 WHIP.  He has only given up 3 hits and 2 walks while whiffing 12 batters in his first 9 1/3 innings this spring, which are downright impressive numbers.  Dull pitched in 13 games (0 starts) for the A’s last year in his first taste of the show and he was 1-2 with 1 save, a 4.24 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP.  Dull also pitched in 47 games (0 starts) in AA+AAA-ball last year in which he was 3-2 with 12 saves, a 0.74 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP.  I look for Dull to be an impact reliever for the A’s in 2016.

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