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.

Sean Manaea is looking good this spring for the Oakland A’s

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Friday 25 March 2016 at 12:28 pm

24-year old lefty starting pitcher Sean Manaea was acquired from the Kansas City Royals as part of the return for Ben Zobrist last July.  He comes into this season as the Oakland A’s #2 prospect according to Baseball America.  He has looked really good so far this spring and he could be pushing for a spot in the opening day starting rotation.  He has pitched in 4 games (2 starts) so far this spring for the A’s and he is 1-0 with a 2.61 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP.  He pitched in 14 games (all starts) in Rookie+A+AA-ball last year and he was 7-1 with a 2.66 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP.  Manaea has now pitched in 39 games (all starts) in his first two years in the minors and he is 14-9 with a 2.94 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.  He has only given up 169 hits while whiffing 236 batters in the first 196 innings pitched of his minor league career!

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.

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