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Lester, Doolittle pitch A’s back to top of wild-card stack with win over Phils

Jon Lester did what he usually does. Sean Doolittle did what he usually does — but what he didn’t do in his previous outing. Those two left-handers did most of the heavy lifting Friday night at the Coliseum, and they helped lift the A’s back to the top wild-card spot in the American League. Lester held Philadelphia to a run on five hits in seven innings as Oakland prevailed...
Via Pro Sports Daily
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

A’s Farm’s 2014 Post-Season Organizational All-Star Team

First baseman Matt Olson led all A’s minor leaguers with 37 home runs for Stockton. With the 2014 minor league season now complete, it’s time to take a step back and determine who the true standouts on the field really were in the A’s system in 2014. And with that in mind, it’s time to name A’s Farm’s 2014 Post-Season Organizational All-Star Team! Below you’ll find...
Via Athletics Farm
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

A’s Fans Take ‘Stars Wars’ Night to a New Level

Leave it to fans of the Oakland Athletics to take this whole ‘Star Wars’ craze around MLB to an entirely new level. Taking on the Philadelphia Phillies in an important late-season game, Oakland is hosting a night filled with ‘Star Wars’ related themes, including fireworks to the iconic music. But it’s the fans that are stealing the show. A's fans go all out on #StarWarsFireworks...
Via Sportsnaut
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Colossal Collapse Of The Oakland Athletics

Jeff Samardzija and the A’s have collapsed The Oakland Athletics were the talk of the baseball world in early July when they acquired Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Chicago Cubs to bolster an already good rotation. The rotation became so good that Tommy Milone, who owned a sub 4.00 ERA at the time was bumped from the rotation in favor of the revelation that was Jesse...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Have Billy Beane’s Trades Hurt the Oakland Athletics?

The Oakland Athletics headed into July with the best record in baseball, and sizeable division lead. They made the first big deal of the trade season, sending 2013 first-round draft pick Billy McKinney and consensus top 10 prospect Addison Russell along with Dan Straily and a player to be named later to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel...
Via Baseball News Source
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The fading Oakland A’s

Once upon a time, the Oakland A’s held the AL West lead for a total of 119 days this season. Now they are battling for a Wild Card spot and have a 4-11 record for September. The Oakland A’s were once postseason favorites and now fans are worried that they will not make the postseason at all. With the team unraveling at the seams, it is as though nothing can save them from utter...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – Athletics finish collapse with a thud

So it’s official then – the Oakland Athletics won’t be winning the AL West, despite their torrid start to the year. I think we all kind of knew deep down that the A’s weren’t going to completely run away with the AL West, after all, they never had a lead of more than six games. But I don’t think any of us could have foreseen a stretch in which they went 17-27 (and counting...
Via The Outside Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Ninth-Inning Collapse Sends Oakland Athletics to 6-1 Defeat

Wednesday was a bad night for Sean Doolittle. After Jeff Samardzija worked eight scoreless frames and racked up 10 punchouts, the closer served up five runs in the ninth, as the Oakland Athletics slumped to a 6-1 loss to the Texas Rangers. The A’s record stands at 83-68, as the club drops into a tie with the Kansas City Royals for the top wild-card spot. Samardzija dismantled...
Via BaySportsNet
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Melvin on Kazmir’s Rant: ‘He’s Speaking From The Heart’

A day after Scott Kazmir sounded off on his Oakland Athletics teammates, manager Bob Melvin weighed in with his take on the left-hander’s comments. “Well, look, Kaz is an emotional guy. After games a lot of times emotions run high. Sometimes you say some things whether or not you regret them later or not, but he’s speaking from the heart. Following the club’s 6-3 loss on...
Via BaySportsNet
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Athletics Injury Update: Stephen Vogt, Craig Gentry

The Oakland Athletics (83-67) are hoping that left-handed utility player Stephen Vogt will be able to return to the team from a left sprained ankle before the season is over.  However, it is unknown when Craig Gentry will return from suffering concussion symptoms.Sports Injury Alert reported Sept 5 that Vogt slid hard into second base in the fifth inning of the game on September...
Via MLB Injury News
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Do the Oakland Athletics Have Enough Pitching?

The Oakland Athletics got off to a very strong start, and on August 9 they had a four game lead on the Anaheim Angels. Their 72-44 record was the best in baseball, and after acquiring Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Chicago Cubs, they had recently traded for ace pitcher Jon Lester from the Boston Red Sox. From that point, the A’s have a woeful 11-22 record. While...
Via Baseball News Source
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s: Who is the real Brandon Moss?

Just as he was a key contributor in the Oakland A’s early season success, slugger Brandon Moss has been a major factor in their late season collapse.  Regardless of whether the A’s are able to hold on and make the playoffs, a major question for the team to address going forward is; who is the real Brandon Moss? The power trio of Moss, Josh Donaldson and the long since departed...
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Jon Lester Wins AL Player Of The Week Honors

(FenwayNation Photo)Why can't we get players like that? Jon Lester—he of the Oakland A's—won the American League Player Of The Week for the period ending on Sunday, September 14th. In two starts over that span, the former (and possibly) future Red Sox ace went 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA. In 14 innings pitched last week, the big lefty struck out 15 batters. He is almost single...
Via FenwayNation
5 days ago  |  Discuss

The Oakland A’s most hindering player injuries

The Oakland A’s have been riddled with injuries for some time now. It seems as though just as someone gets better, another Athletic incurs a multi-day injury. For a team who likes have a deep bench in order to mix and match their players, it has become harder and harder for them to customize lineups as players fall to concussions, strained hamstrings, and back spasms. But which...
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Adam Dunn weirdly consistent, hits HR in first game with A's

Adam Dunn is a peculiar beast…and I mean that in the most positive of ways. The 34-year-old slugger was dealt Sunday by the Chicago White Sox to the Oakland A’s and, because people like a story, all the talk became about how he would end his streak of 1977 games (and counting) without a playoff appearance. What’s missing is Dunn’s consistency. And, no, I’m not talking about...
Via Hall of Very Good
18 days ago  |  Discuss
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