September 28th, 2013 at 6:50 AM
By Sports Media 101
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May 2nd, 2013 at 11:59 AM
By Kyle Johnson
The Oakland Athletics have to consider the first sixth of the season a massive offensive success. First of all, the A's are leading Major League Baseball in runs scored, one of the two most important stats. They also lead in RBI, doubles, steals, and walks, not to mention being in the top 5 in on-base percentage, hits, and OPS. Considering all that, it's not going to be a surprise that most of the hitters' grades below are quite a bit higher than the pitchers' grades (which you can see here if you missed them).
John Jaso: Jaso and the next guy, Derek Norris, were scheduled to be a platoon going into this season, with Jaso hitting against righties and Norris against lefties. But as injuries took their tole on the outfielders, especially Coco Crisp, Jaso found himself DH'ing and hitting lead-off quite a bit. He sports an average of .275, which is solid, but the best thing Jaso has going for him is his .341 on-base percentage, good for seventh on the team. He is striking out too much, and does not sport a ton of power, but the fact that he has already racked up 80 at bats shows his value to manager Bob Melvin and the A's. B-Read more... Join the Conversation...
April 30th, 2013 at 5:01 PM
By Kyle Johnson
The Oakland Athletics marathon game ended Tuesday morning, completing the first sixth of the season (27 of 162 games). They currently reside in second place in the American League West division, two games behind the Texas Rangers, with a record of 15-12. And just like at the end of a school term, it is time to hand out some mid-season grades.
Brett Anderson: Anderson is the A's ace and Opening Day starter, but he certainly has not played like it. He started the year off strong, with two solid outings against Seattle and Houston, but then imploded, allowing 17 earned runs over 10.1 innings in starts against Detroit, Tampa Bay, and Boston. He did roll his landing ankle during that span, so the struggles could be due to injury, but he was also able to pitch through it last night for five plus solid relief innings against the Angels. With a record of just 1-4 with a 6.71 ERA, Anderson needs to be better. C-Read more... Join the Conversation...
April 9th, 2013 at 11:45 AM
By Kyle Johnson
The Oakland A's finished off a three game sweep of the Astros on Sunday, increasing their winning streak to five games. The Athletics offense busted out in that series, outscoring Houston 23-9 with seven home runs. Jed Lowrie and Coco Crisp led the way throughout the weekend, with Chris Young adding the final dagger with a towering bomb to left field in the series finale.
Unfortunately for Oakland, with the sweep came an injury to star outfielder Josh Reddick. Reddick attempted a lunging catch in the right field foul territory on Sunday, but missed the ball and went crashing into the nearby railing. He immediately clutched his right wrist, and feared the worst:
"I was nervous that something was seriously wrong because I lost feeling in that area for quite a while," said Reddick after the game. "I never lost feeling in the fingers, so I knew it was a good sign."
To the A's relief, Reddick was right. X-rays confirmed the wrist was only sprained and Reddick will be day-to-day for a while. Only time will tell if he needs to hit the dreaded disabled list. Read more... Join the Conversation...
April 4th, 2013 at 6:30 PM
By Kyle Johnson
After dropping two of the first three games to the visiting Seattle Mariners, the Oakland A's were able to salvage a tie in the four-game series with a 8-2 victory on Thursday afternoon. Starting pitcher A.J. Griffin was strong on the mound, going six solid innings while giving up only two earned runs. Josh Reddick and Jed Lowrie led the offense, combining to 4-for-7 with three doubles, a home run, and four RBI. It was a nice breakout game for Reddick who struggled in the first three games of the year, but was not worried about it, and certainly did not blame the struggles on his shaggy beard:
"I think everybody's getting a little too superstitious too early. We're four games in," said Reddick after the game. "It's not like I'm going to go oh-fer for the whole year."
Yoenis Cespedes also homered for the A's, his second on the young season. Nate Freiman added an RBI for the second game in a row with a sacrifice fly, and new catcher John Jaso drove in a run as well. Lowrie added two doubles of his own, and now has five extra base hits in the last two games. The offensive explosion was a welcome sign for A's fans, who saw their Athletics score only seven runs in the first three games combined, including getting shut out once. Read more... Join the Conversation...