On batted ball exit speeds

“For months, their front-office executives debated the merits of Ike Davis and Lucas Duda. Davis was a former first-round pick whose career had been stymied by injuries and a plummeting batting average. Duda, a lower-round pick, had worked his way into the lineup but did not have a great batting average, either, or an extensive track record. “Both were left-handed power hitters...
Via Mets360.com
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Three Players to Target in OBP Leagues

View image | gettyimages.com I know I am not alone in having abandoned leagues that have batting average as a category. It is not an easy thing to ditch, as many fantasy players are in decade old leagues that stick with stats they are accustomed to, and most fantasy advice is geared toward those in batting average leagues. However, with the advances that have been made in baseball...
Via The Fantasy Fix
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Trout saves Angels win with leaping catch for final out

  All eyes were on Mike Trout as he tracked Ike Davis' long fly ball to the wall. He had to make a late adjustment but was able to haul it in, prompting Los Angeles closer Huston Street to pump his fist into the air. Kole Calhoun had two hits and three RBIs, Garrett Richards took a shutout into the seventh inning, and the Angels held on to beat the Oakland Athletics 6-5 Thursday...
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Trout’s leaping catch saves the game for the Angels

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and closer Huston Street desperately tried to blow what was a 6-0 lead to the Oakland Athletics on Thursday afternoon. Mike Trout had other ideas, making this great leaping catch at the warning track to rob what would have been a game-winning hit from Ike Davis. That Trout guy…he’s kind of good, right? I do believe so. The post Mike Trout...
Via The Outside Corner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Trout’s leaping catch saves the game for the Angels

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and closer Huston Street desperately tried to blow what was a 6-0 lead to the Oakland Athletics on Thursday afternoon. Mike Trout had other ideas, making this great leaping catch at the warning track to rob what would have been a game-winning hit from Ike Davis. That Trout guy…he’s kind of good, right? I do believe so. The post Mike Trout...
Via Bloguin Best
5 days ago  |  Discuss

A's ballboy hit in head by Ike Davis foul popup (Video)

An Oakland Athletics ballboy was hit in the head by a foul popup from third baseman Ike Davis during the fifth inning of Sunday's game against Houston.The ballboy was in the A's bullpen area in foul territory near short left field. He tried to get out of the way, but he couldn't see the ball as it came down and bounced right off his head. Fortunately, the A's ballboy was wearing...
Via Holdout Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

A's recall Arnold Leon from Triple-A for bullpen depth

Over the past week or so, the Oakland A's bullpen unit has been used heavily, so much so that first baseman Ike Davis pitched the eighth inning of Tuesday night's blowout loss to the Los Angeles Angels. As a result, Oakland made a roster move on Wednesday, recalling pitcher Arnold Leon from Triple-A Nashville. The news was first announced by Bay Area sports journalist Manolo Hernandez...
Via Fox Sports
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Angels beat A's with 3-run HRs by Giavotella, Calhoun

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Johnny Giavotella hit a three-run shot for his first homer with the Angels after the inning was extended by a replay and the defending AL West champions so thoroughly roughed up the Athletics that Oakland first baseman Ike Davis pitched in Los Angeles' 14-1 victory Tuesday night. Kole Calhoun tied a career-best with four hits, including a three-run homer for...
Via AP on Fox
14 days ago  |  Discuss

One year after trade, Lucas Duda continues to flouish

Saturday, April 18th marked a significant anniversary for Mets first baseman Lucas Duda.  One year ago on that day, General Manager Sandy Alderson officially made the commitment that Duda was to be the undisputed Mets first baseman by shipping Ike Davis to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Zach Thornton and a Player To Be Named Later, eventually being left-handed pitcher Blake Taylor....
Via Mets360.com
15 days ago  |  Discuss

The Ides Of Ike

So I have this new feature on Facebook called “On This Day”. It basically reminds you of all the bad choices you’ve made in Facebook statuses. So I looked at my statuses and links for April 18th … today. Here’s what I found: 2010: A link to a story where the Mets are looking to call up Ike Davis. 2014: A link to my blog discussing the news that Ike Davis got traded. 2012...
Via Metstradamus
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s Win 11-0 Over Seattle Mariners

The Oakland A’s dismantled the Seattle Mariners Friday night by an 11-0 score behind Mark Canha and company providing offense. (Mandatory Credit: AP Photo/Ben Margot) Friday night was a superb occasion for Oakland A’s fans and players alike. As the green and gold faithful received Sonny Gray jerseys for their attendance, the players demolished the Seattle Mariners by an 11-0...
Via The Sports Journal
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Who Are the Oakland Atheltics?

View image | gettyimages.com The Oakland Athletics started the 2015 MLB season with a 4 game series split with the Texas Rangers, at the O.co Coliseum in Oakland.  Game 1 was an 8-0 beat down of the Rangers, which started off with a bang.  Ben Zobrist hit a 2 run homer off Yovani Gallardo in the 1st inning, his first AB after being acquired in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
24 days ago  |  Discuss

New-look Athletics open the season against familiar Rangers

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Ike Davis wandered from the clubhouse tunnel to the freshly manicured grass and took in the scene on a sunny Bay Area morning. ''Oh yeah, we are doing it now, boys,'' the first baseman said to anyone nearby. ''We are doing it.'' One of numerous Oakland newcomers, Davis and many of his teammates will spend the first week of the season getting comfortable in the...
Via AP on Fox
April 05, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Mets Season Preview: Infield

Here at MMO, we’ve been previewing specific areas of the 2015 Mets. So far, we’ve covered the starting rotation, the bullpen, and the catcher position. Today, we continue with part four: the infield. Lucas Duda Lucas Duda thrust himself into the conversation of being one of the National League’s best power hitters last year. His 30 home runs were third in the NL and his ...
Via Mets Merized Online
April 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Does A Contract Extension for Lucas Duda Make Sense?

Last Spring, the Mets were debating whether to start Ike Davis, Lucas Duda, or even Josh Satin at first base. One year later, Ike Davis is wearing yellow and green in Oakland, and the team is considering a long-term contract for Duda, who is coming off a breakout season. What is unique about Duda as an early extension candidate is his age. Most players with his service time (3.1...
Via Mets Merized Online
March 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Ike Davis Still Has Dirty Taste In His Mouth

In an exclusive interview with Andy Martino of the Daily News, former Mets first baseman Ike Davis still has a bad taste in his mouth from his time in New York. Nearly a year removed from New York, he can now acknowledge several hard truths: His Valley Fever returned last spring, which was not previously known (Davis feels much better now, he says, but his 2014 Mets physical revealed...
Via Mets Merized Online
February 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Ike Davis Looks to Connect

Over the last few years it’s become pretty well accepted that a strikeout isn’t dramatically worse than any other kind of out for hitters. But that being said, making contact is still almost always better than not making contact. There might be a rare instance in which you’d prefer to swing through a pitch because […]
Via Fangraphs
February 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s: Is a new ballpark in San Jose worth fighting for?

Besides the Oakland A’s making headlines this offseason by making nine trades involving 27 players, the Athletics are in the news once again as their stadium saga continues. In early January, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously that the Oakland A’s should not be allowed to move to San Jose and upheld that the San Francisco Giants have...
Via isportsweb.com
February 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s: Should Ike Davis be the starting first baseman?

Ike Davis The Oakland A’s made numerous moves this offseason including the acquisition of first baseman Ike Davis. Davis was traded to the Athletics by the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for bonus slots used for signing international free agents. At the time, many were not expecting Davis to be the A’s starting first baseman, as Brandon Moss was still on the roster. However...
Via isportsweb.com
February 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Mets360 2015 projections: Lucas Duda

This time last year we were shocked we were still having the Lucas Duda or Ike Davis debate. It may have taken two years too long to decide but the good news is that Sandy Alderson held on to the right guy, as Duda turned in the best year of his career and Davis did not turn back the clock and become a useful player again. Now Duda is counted on to be the big power threat in...
Via Mets360.com
January 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Davis, Rodriguez agree to deals with A's

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) First baseman Ike Davis and the Oakland Athletics have agreed to a $3.8 million, one-year contract, while right-hander Fernando Rodriguez has received a $635,000 deal. Oakland declined to tender contracts to first baseman Kyle Blanks and outfielder Andrew Brown by Tuesday night's deadline. The pair become free agents Wednesday. Davis was acquired last month...
Via AP on Fox
December 02, 2014  |  Discuss

A’s Looking to Trade Left-Handed Bat

After acquiring both Billy Butler and Ike Davis earlier this offseason, there is talk out of Oakland that the Athletics may trade one of their large number of left-handed bats at some point soon (via SF Gate). Oakland dealt its best right-handed bat Yoenis Cespedes to the Boston Red Sox back in July. And with all due respect to Jonny Gomes that left a huge void in the lineup from...
Via Sportsnaut
November 25, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB Rumors: November 24, 2014

Yesterday, the Boston Red Sox took over the buzz as they reached an agreement with free agent Hanley Ramirez on a $90 million contract for five years. Aside from that, the Pittsburgh Pirates traded away first baseman Ike Davis to the Oakland Athletics, and also the Minnesota Twins and free agent Torii Hunter have “common interest” in a reunion. Here is the updated list of...
Via Baseball Essential
November 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s Acquire Ike Davis

The saga of Ike Davis lives on.  ESPN’s Adam Rubin has reported that the Oakland A’s acquired the former Met from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for International signing money.  This will be the embattled slugger’s third team in less than a year’s time. A’s GM Billy Beane jumped right away to pick up the first baseman after he was designated for assignment by the...
Via Mets Merized Online
November 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Deal Ike Davis to the A’s

According to several media reports, the Pittsburgh Pirates have traded Ike Davis and an international bonus slot (no.86) to the Oakland Athletics for another international bonus slot (no.27). The move comes several days after the Pirates designated Davis for assignment to make room for star prospect, Jameson Taillon ahead of the Rule 5 draft. Davis, formerly of the New York Mets...
Via Baseball Essential
November 23, 2014  |  Discuss
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