The Oakland A’s place Jed Lowrie on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 5 August 2016 at 7:46 pm

The Oakland A’s have placed 32-year old switch-hitting 2B Jed Lowrie on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 4th, due to a bunion on his left foot.  If he has surgery on it, it will end his 2016 season.  Lowrie has played in 87 games for the A’s so far this year and he is 89 of 338 (.263 avg, .637 OPS) with 30 runs scored, 2 homers and 27 RBIs.  25-year old lefty swinging Max Muncy will likely take over as the A’s starting 2B until Lowrie returns to action.  Muncy has played in 19 games so far this year for the A’s and he is 12 of 47 (.255 avg, .725 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer and 3 RBIs.  The A’s have called up 27-year old righty swinging outfielder Brett Eibner to replace Lowrie on the active roster.  Eibner played in 4 games in AAA-ball for the A’s after coming over from the Royals in deal for Billy Burns, and he was 4 for 13 (.308 avg, 1.192 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer and 2 RBIs.

UPDATE:  (8/16/2016) – The A’s have lost Jed Lowrie for the rest of the 2016 season after having surgery to remove the bunion from his left foot.

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.

Jesse Hahn gets called back up by the Oakland A’s

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The Minors by joelapinski on Thursday 4 August 2016 at 3:09 pm

The Oakland A’s have called up 27-year old righty starting pitcher Jesse Hahn and he will start tonight against the Los Angeles Angels.  Hahn pitched in 8 games (all starts) earlier this year for the A’s and he is 2-4 with a 5.53 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP.  He has given up 50 hits and 16 walks while whiffing 21 batters in his first 42 1/3 innings for the A’s so far this year.  Hahn has also pitched in 13 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the A’s this year and he is 1-6 with a 3.66 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP.  Hahn has now pitched in 24 games (all starts) in his first two years with the A’s and he is 8-10 with a 4.01 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.  The A’s hope that Hahn is better this time around for them.

UPDATE:  (8/5/2016) – The A’s have placed Jesse Hahn on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained right shoulder.  Hahn has pitched in 9 games (all starts) for the A’s so far this year and he is 2-4 with a 6.02 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP.  The A’s have called up 27-year old righty reliever Andrew Triggs to replace Hahn on the pitching staff.  Triggs has pitched in 17 games (1 start) so far this year for the A’s and he is 0-0 with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP.

The Oakland A’s deal Josh Reddick and Rich Hill to the Los Angeles Dodgers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Monday 1 August 2016 at 11:49 am

The Oakland A’s have dealt 29-year old lefty swinging outfielder Josh Reddick and 36-year old lefty starting pitcher Rich Hill to the Los Angeles Dodgers for 24-year old starting pitcher Jharel Cotton, 23-year old righty starter/reliever Frankie Montas and 20-year old righty starting pitcher Grant Holmes.

Reddick played in 68 games for the A’s this year and he was 72 of 243 (.296 avg, .816 OPS) with 33 runs scored, 8 homers, 28 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  He played in 596 games in his five years with the A’s and he is 546 of 2,128 (.257 avg, .761 OPS) with 292 runs scored, 84 homers, 300 RBIs and 36 stolen bases.  Reddick won a Gold Glove for the A’s in 2012.  He is tied for #33 in homers (84) and he is #34 in SLG (.440) in A’s history.  Reddick was a fan favorite and he is going to be missed.  Hill is currently on the D.L. due to a blister problem.  Hill pitched in 14 games (all starts) for the A’s this year and he was 9-3 with a 2.25 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP.  He gave up 55 hits and 28 walks while whiffing 90 batters in his 76 innings for the A’s this year.  He was far and away the best pitcher on the A’s pitching staff this year.

Cotton came into this season as the Dodgers’ #9 prospect according to Baseball America.  Cotton has pitched in 22 games (16 starts) in AAA-ball this year for the Dodgers and he is 8-5 with a 4.90 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.  Cotton has given up 80 hits and 32 walks while whiffing 119 batters in his first 97 1/3 innings in the minors so far this year.  Cotton has now pitched in 94 games (59 starts) in his first five years in the minors and he is 23-24 with a 3..77 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.  Montas came into 2016 as the Chicago White Sox’ #3 prospect according to Baseball America before he was dealt to the Dodgers last winter.  Montas pitched in 7 games (4 starts) in AA+AAA-ball this year for the Dodgers and he was 0-0 with a 2.25 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP.  He has given up 14 hits and 3 walks while whiffing 22 batters in 16 innings in the minors so far this year.  Montas pitched in 7 games (2 starts) for the White Sox last year in his first taste of the majors and he was 0-2 with a 4.80 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP.  Montas has now pitched in 99 games (84 starts) in his first seven years in the minors and he is 16-25 with a 3.79 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.  Holmes came into this season as the Dodgers’ #6 prospect according to Baseball America.  Holmes pitched in 20 games (18 starts) in A-ball this year and he is 8-4 with 1 save, a 4.02 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP.  He gave up 103 hits and 43 walks while whiffing 100 batters in his 105 1/3 innings in the minors this year for the Dodgers.  Holmes has now pitched in 55 games (52 starts) in his first three years in the minors and he is 16-11 with 1 save, a 3.61 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP.

I know that A’s fans’ don’t want to hear this, but this was a deal that they just couldn’t refuse making!

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.

The Oakland A’s have acquired Brett Eibner from the Royals

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Sunday 31 July 2016 at 6:24 am

The Oakland A’s have acquired 27-year old righty swinging outfielder Brett Eibner from the Royals for 26-year old switch-hitting outfielder Billy Burns.  Eibner came into this season as the Royals’ #17 prospect according to Baseball America.  Eibner got his first taste of the show for the Royals this year, when he played in 26 games in which he was 18 of 78 (.231 avg, .709 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 3 homers and 10 RBIs.  He did whiff 23 times against only 6 walks for the Royals, so he isn’t the most selective hitter.  Burns struggled in 2016 for the A’s.  He played in 73 games for the A’s this year and he was 64 of 274 (.234 avg, .573 OPS) with 32 runs scored, 0 homers, 12 RBIs and 14 stolen bases.  Burns played in 211 games in his three years with the A’s and he was 218 of 800 (.273 avg, .671 OPS) with 106 runs scored, 5 homers, 54 RBIs and 43 stolen bases.  Burns was #5 in the voting for the Rookie of the Year Award in 2015.  Eibner probably has a higher upside than Burns does, so I like this deal for the A’s.

The Oakland A’s place Rich Hill on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Saturday 30 July 2016 at 4:36 pm

The Oakland A’s have placed 36-year old lefty starting pitcher Rich Hill on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 20th, due to a blister on his left hand.  Hill has pitched in 14 games (all starts) for the A’s so far this year and he is 9-3 with a 2.25 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP.  Hill has given up 55 hits and 28 walks while whiffing 90 batters in his first 76 innings for the A’s this year…..as he has been truly dominating when he has been healthy.  The A’s have called up 24-year old lefty Dillon Overton and he is starting against the Indians in Cleveland tonight.  He has pitched in 3 games (all starts) for the A’s so far this year and he is 1-1 with a 8.40 ERA and a 1.93 WHIP.  He has given up 24 hits (6 homers) and 5 walks while whiffing 10 batters in his first 15 innings with the A’s.  The A’s hope that Overton is better for them this time around.

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.

Rollie Fingers was awesome for the Oakland A’s

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Monday 25 July 2016 at 9:56 am

Righty reliever Rollie Fingers was pretty awesome for the Oakland A’s!  Fingers pitched in 502 games (37 starts) in his nine years with the A’s and he was 67-61 with 136 saves, a 2.91 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. Fingers gave up 860 hits and 293 walks while whiffing 784 batters in his 1,016 innings pitched for the A’s.  Fingers also pitched in 27 games (0 starts) in the playoffs for the Oakland A’s and he was 3-4 with 8 saves, a 2.22 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP.  He gave up 43 hits and 16 walks while whiffing 40 batters in 52 2/3 innings in the playoffs.  Fingers helped the A’s win the World Series in 1972, 1973 and 1974.  He was MVP of the 1974 World Series in which the A’s beat the Dodgers!  Fingers was a 4-time All-Star for the A’s and he was elected into Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1992.

Fingers’ best two years for the A’s came in 1973 and 1975.  He pitched in 62 games (0 starts) in 1973 for the A’s and he was 7-8 with 22 saves, a 1.92 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.  He only gave up 107 hits and 39 walks while whiffing 110 batters in his 126 2/3 innings in 1973.  In 1975, Fingers finished 3rd in the voting for the Cy Young Award.  Fingers pitched in a Major League leading 75 games (0 starts) in 1975 for the A’s and he was 10-6 with 24 saves, a 2.98 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP.  Fingers gave up 95 hits and 33 walks while whiffing 115 batters in his 126 2/3 innings for the A’s in 1975.

Fingers is still #2 in A’s history with his 136 saves!  He is also #3 in games pitched (502), #11 in ERA (2.91), tied for #24 in wins (67), #7 in WHIP (1.14), #31 in innings pitched (1,016) and he is #13 in strikeouts (784) in A’s history!

The Oakland A’s have released Carson Blair

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 20 July 2016 at 2:59 pm

The Oakland A’s have released 26-year old righty swinging catcher Carson Blair.  Blair played in 23 games in A+AA+AAA-ball for the A’s this year and he was 27 of 81 (.333 avg, .888 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 3 homers and 14 RBIs.  Blair got his first taste of the show with the A’s last year, when he played in 11 games for them and he was 4 for 31 (.129 avg, .454 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 1 homer and 3 RBIs.  He did whiff 18 times last year with the A’s, so he was overmatched.  This isn’t much of a loss for the A’s.  At the same time, Blair should have little problem finding a new team to play for.

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