Found July 21, 2013 on
Dan Straily The Oakland Athletics had a great first half of the MLB season. Even though they wavered a bit in June, they were able to finish strong with a two game lead in the AL West. Since the Athletics are usually a second half team, many were certain that the A’s were on their way to the postseason. However, after starting off the second half of the season with two loses, have the Athletics hit a mid-season slump? Let us take a look at the past two games the A’s have played against the Los Angeles Angels. On Friday, the Oakland Athletics were both sloppy on defense and on offense. With Home Run Derby Champion Yoenis Cespedes pulled from the line-up with left wrist soreness, the A’s were already down one great slugger. In the first inning, Josh Donaldson had a throwing error that allowed Angel J.B. Shuck to reach second on an infield hit. Then Josh Reddick dove for a line drive and ultimately missed, which made the first inning not only disappointing, but worrisome. When the fifth inning rolled around, there was some hope that the A’s could catch up to the Angels. But, with two on and two outs, John Jaso was promptly picked off first base by the Angels catcher. Even though the Athletics lineup was having some difficulty, right handed pitcher Sonny Gray who came up from Triple-A before the All-Star break to pitch for the A’s against the Pittsburgh Pirates, was the shining star of this first game against the Angels. He was able to pitch 2 ⅓ scoreless innings and struck out three. Even though he was sent back to Sacramento after the game, he was able to make a name for himself in the Athletics bullpen after pitching a total of 4 ⅓ scoreless innings during his small stint in the major leagues. On Saturday, the Athletics were still looking for the first win after the All-Star break. However, with Cespedes still out, the Athletics would need to once again step up their game in order to fill the void. But with Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson on the mound, the Athletics could not connect their bats with Wilson’s perfect pitches. From the middle of the second inning to the end of the seventh, Wilson retired 18 men and did not allow a single run. With the offense lacking, Athletics pitcher Dan Straily tried to save the game. Even though he only allowed eight hits and struck out four men, the Angels scored in the first and the seventh inning to take a two run lead over the Athletics. With Bartolo Colon pitching for the Athletics in their last game against the Angels, there is no doubt that the A’s pitching will be on point. However, the A’s lineup will need to shake off their offensive funk in order to back up Colon. Even though this is not the best second-half start for the Athletics, if we look back to the beginning of the 2013 season, the Athletics started off in a similar fashion with a 0-2 record. So do not count out the Athletics quite yet because there is still plenty of time for their luck around to turn around.

Athletics likely to be without Yoenis Cespedes today

The Oakland Athletics have been without outfielder Yoenis Cespedes since the start of the second half of the season. There was hope that he would rejoin the A's today, but manager Bob Melvin indicated that the slugger's absence could extend into the new week, according to AJ Cassavell of Cespedes was out for the third consecutive game Sunday due to his sore...

Athletics’ Yoenis Cespedes likely out Sunday

While Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin said outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is available to pinch-run this weekend, he was held out for the second consecutive game last night due to his lingering wrist injury. The same is expected to be the case for the weekend finale, as Melvin told reporters – including AJ Cassavell of – that Cespedes will likely not start today’s...

Yoenis Cespedes’ injury not HR Derby related

Oakland Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes was a late decision not to play in Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels. According to Manager Bob Melvin, the soreness in Cespedes’ left wrist is not HR Derby related.   Please click here to read/watch this story. The post Yoenis Cespedes’ injury not HR Derby related appeared first on Players View.

HR Derby winner Cespedes scratched

Oakland's Yoenis Cespedes, who won the Home Run Derby during All-Star festivities, has been scratched from the Athletics' game against the Los Angeles Angels. The Athletics say Cespedes was scratched just before Friday night's game began because of a sore left wrist. He hit 32 homers to win the Derby on Monday night at Citi Field in New York. The left fielder from Cuba...

Athletics' Yoenis Cespedes likely out until at least Wednesday

The Oakland Athletics were once again without outfielder Yoenis Cespedes yesterday as he continues to be hampered by a left wrist injury. Manager Bob Melvin indicated to reporters -- including Jane Lee of -- that Cespedes' chances of playing today are slim, making a Wednesday or Thursday return to the lineup more likely for the slugger. Still, Melvin didn't rule...

Halos shut out by Colon, A's

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Bartolo Colon pitched a four-hitter for his third shutout this season and center fielder Coco Crisp robbed Albert Pujols of a home run to help the Oakland Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-0 on Sunday. Eric Sogard hit a two-run homer to back Colon (13-3), who struck out five and walked one. The 40-year-old right-hander, making his first start since...

MLB Friday Funnies: GIF of the Week

 Yoenis Cespedes does the most epic bat-flip ever during Home Run Derby Yoenis Cespedes is only in his second year in the MLB, and would have won the AL Rookie of the Year any other year but had the misfortune of being in a the same rookie class as Mike Trout.  The Cuban defector is having another solid campaign, despite being limited by injuries.   Despite all of the career...

Athletics 6, Angels 0

Bartolo Colon pitched a four-hitter for his third shutout this season and center fielder Chris Young robbed Albert Pujols of a home run to help the Oakland Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-0 on Sunday. Eric Sogard hit a two-run homer to back Colon (13-3), who struck out five and walked one. The 40-year-old right-hander, making his first start since returning from his third...

Athletics 4, Astros 3

There was only one word to describe Oakland's play through four innings on Monday night against the Houston Astros. ''Ugly,'' player after player and manager Bob Melvin said. As ugly as the start was, the Athletics managed to put it behind them and rallied for a 4-3 win. Josh Reddick put Oakland on top with a two-run homer in the eighth inning and the Athletics...

There's Been a Brian Wilson Sighting

Not since Brian Wilson and fellow free agent Dallas Braden hit the "Happiest Place on Earth" has anyone seen the bearded one. Well...stop the presses.  There's been a sighting. According to "sources" (we'll call them ESPN The Magazine and San Jose Mercury News), the former San Francisco closer was back in the city by the bay throwing pitches this...

Bartolo Colon’s Gem, Angels’ Sloppy Defense Spark A’s 6-0 Win

A day after being dominated by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and C.J. Wilson, the Oakland A’s returned the favor on Sunday afternoon behind a complete game shutout from All-Star Bartolo Colon. Matched up against Jerome Williams, Colon was easily the star of the day, mixing his fastballs and occasional off-speed pitches with authority en route to his 13th win of the season....

Josh Reddick’s Late Blast Powers A’s to 4-3 Comeback Win Over Astros

The Oakland A’s dispatched the Houston Astros 4-3 on Monday night for their tenth win against Houston on the season – but it wasn’t easy. The game looked like it was going to be frustrating for Oakland from the get-go: Coco Crisp led off the game with a wringing double against Houston starter Dallas Keuchel but the A’s failed to score, stranding Crisp at second to end the...

Dan Straily Pitches Well But A’s Offense Sputters Again in 2-0 Loss to Angels

The A’s offense was stymied again on Saturday, as Oakland couldn’t answer C.J. Wilson en route to a 2-0 loss in the second game of this weekend series. Oakland has now scored one run through two games leading off the post-All-Star break portion of the 2013 season. Yoenis Cespedes sat out his second consecutive game with a sore left wrist – although the team maintains it has...
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