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...
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20 hours ago  |  Discuss

A's adjust rotation, line up Gray for season finale

The A’s have adjusted their rotation coming out of their final day off of the season Monday. Scott Kazmir, Jeff Samardzija and Sonny Gray will pitch Tuesday-Thursday in a three-game home series against the Texas Rangers. That flip-flops Kazmir and Samardzija in the rotation, as Samardzija had been pitching in front of Kazmir. It also pushes Jason Hammel back in the rotation and...
Via Pro Sports Daily
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – the collapse is real

It’s official – the Oakland Athletics have free fallen their way into a mess. Oakland is tied with both the Mariners and Royals in the loss column, and the three teams are battling for two playoff spots. And don’t forget about the Tigers, who also have 66 losses and are fighting the Royals tooth and nail for the AL Central title. This is just a complete disaster for the A...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – the collapse is real

It’s official – the Oakland Athletics have free fallen their way into a mess. Oakland is tied with both the Mariners and Royals in the loss column, and the three teams are battling for two playoff spots. And don’t forget about the Tigers, who also have 66 losses and are fighting the Royals tooth and nail for the AL Central title. This is just a complete disaster for the A...
Via The Outside Corner
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics Collapse as Team stops Playing ‘Moneyball’

By Anthony Weber The Oakland Athletics were in control of the American League West for much of the season, as the team was well on their way to having the league’s best overall record.  Then the Athletics General Manager, Billy Beane decided to play the Yankee way instead of the Moneyball way. As of July 5th, the Athletics had an MLB best 54-33 record, several days later the Athletics...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

The Daily Grind: Chicago’s Guide to Handicapping Baseball (9/10/14)

Both underdogs last night fell apart in the late innings. The Cubs bullpen faltered and a blow out ensued. Kansas City made some awful mental mistakes in the 9th inning after a promising start and ended up losing as well. The White Sox flat out didn’t show up last night. Week 5 Breakdown Cubs Record: 1-1 0 units White Sox Record: 0-0 Play of the Day Record: 0-2 -3.2 units Overall...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Jeff Samardzija doesn’t have second thoughts about Cubs

What else is Jeff Samardzija supposed to say? The dude has no idea what’s going to happen after the 2015 season. He’s trying to win a World Series ring with the Oakland A’s now. But he rolled with the question when someone asked if there’s at least a thought he could someday come back to Chicago. “That is absolutely something that is on my list,” Samardzija said. ...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Jeff Samardzija open to signing with Cubs in 2015

The Oakland Athletics acquired starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija from the Chicago Cubs earlier this season, and have been very happy with the production that they have received from him. Despite being traded away by Chicago, Samardzija loves the city and would be more than happy to return to the Cubs if things work out that way. Chicago would likely be interested in bringing him back...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Could Samardzija Return to the Cubs?

  When the Chicago Cubs traded Jeff Samardzija, I thought that was the last we would of Shark on the North Side of Chicago. They way things ended, with the Cubs refusing to give him an offer he felt was worthy of a pitcher of his caliber, I did not think there was a chance that he would ever return to the Cubs. Hurt feelings and all. With the Oakland Athletics in town to play the...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Starting Pitcher Waiver Wire Streamers for Week 24 (Part 1)

Is it possible that the Oakland Athletics and Detroit Tigers both outmaneuvered themselves at the trade deadline?  For a team that has the league’s best run differential at +153, right now the A’s look like the most unassuming and least intimidating of all the playoff teams.  Snagging Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Cubs […]
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s: 5 keys to a turnaround

With only 20 games remaining and six games separating the Oakland A’s from the Angels, it is hard to picture a scenario unfolding  that will result in an AL West three-peat for Oakland.  However, the A’s still have time to establish momentum going into the playoffs and here are five keys in that happening. Schedule  First, Oakland must take full advantage of their schedule...
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Daily SP Rankings: Friday, Sep 5

Stephen Strasburg, Jeff Samardzija, and Chris Sale rise above everyone else on Friday, and in total 12 of the day’s 30 starters rate average or better. That’s not surprising at this time of the year as teams out of contention throw less-than-stellar pitchers (see: the entire Red Sox rotation), but that also opens up extra opportunities for spot starting as many of the inferior...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Roundup: Buying Jason Hammel

When the A’s acquired Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, I was really excited about the trade and I said Hammel would be the better pitcher the rest of the year. After his first four starts with the A’s, Hammel posted a 9.53 ERA and 2.19 WHIP. He basically looked like a fringe average AAA pitcher and his struggles probably prompted the Jon Lester acquisition. Hammel’s performance...
Via Baseball Professor
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Samardzija pitches A's to 8-2 win over Astros

HOUSTON (AP) Jeff Samardzija pitched eight solid innings and Josh Donaldson drove in three runs to lead the Oakland Athletics over the Houston Astros 8-2 Monday night. Samardzija (4-3) allowed six hits, two runs and tied a season high with 10 strikeouts to bounce back from a two-game skid in which he yielded 11 runs combined. Josh Reddick hit a two-run homer and Donaldson had three...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

MMO Game Recap: Mets 8, Athletics 5

The New York Mets (60-68) defeated the Oakland Athletics (74-52) this afternoon at Coliseum by a score of 8-5, splitting the series. Zack Wheeler got the nod for New York and was opposed by Jeff Samardzija. What you should know: After Jeff Samardzija set down the first six batters to greet him, he surrendered a solo home run to Eric Campbell to lead off the third inning. Samardzija...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Pitching Stumbles as Oakland Athletics Topped 8-5 by New York Mets

The wheels fell off for Jeff Samardzija in the third inning, as the Oakland Athletics lost 8-5 to the New York Mets on Wednesday afternoon. The A’s record now stands at 74-52 following the loss in front of 20,312 fans at the Coliseum. Samardzija, who has won just one of his last five starts, endured a rough outing, as the 29-year-old allowed seven earned runs in just 3.2 innings...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

GIF: Lucas Duda Crushes 400+ Foot Home Run Off Jeff Samardzija

Lucas Duda launches a 3 run HR to dead center off Jeff Samardzija #Mets — Hornia (@MetsKevin11) August 20, 2014 The post GIF: Lucas Duda Crushes 400+ Foot Home Run Off Jeff Samardzija appeared first on The Daily Stache.
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs Prospect Addison Russell Dominating Double-A

The piece Theo and Jed acquired for Jeff Samardzija, Chicago Cubs prospect Addison Russell, is putting up some impressive numbers for the Double-A affiliate Tennessee Smokies. Russell, who was ranked by Keith Law as the number two prospect in all of baseball at the beginning of the season, will become a very valuable piece moving forward. While most of the future starting pitching...
Via Sports Mockery
August 11, 2014  |  Discuss

A’s Credit ‘Rally Possum’ For Walk-Off Win In Extra Innings (Video)

The Oakland A’s lead MLB through Tuesday with 68 wins, so they hardly need any extra motivation to pull out a victory these days. Yet baseball’s best team found themselves in a tight one against the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night, and they turned to a rather unusual source for inspiration. With the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning, A’s catcher Derek...
August 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays at Oakland Athletics game review

While the Tampa Bay Rays recently moved their ace, Alex Cobb has been pitching like one of late. Big-name acquisition Jeff Samardzija has mostly performed well since joining the Oakland Athletics. Looking to win a sixth consecutive decision, Cobb takes the mound opposite Samardzija as the Rays open a three-game set in Oakland on Monday night. Cobb (7-6, 3.54 ERA) hasn't lost...
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August 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s: Evaluating the deadline moves

The Oakland A’s were the most active team in the trade market in 2014, essentially marking an end to the ‘money ball’ philosophy for general manager Billy Beane but will the shift in approach pay off in a World Series title? The acquisition of Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel on July 4 was the first blockbuster deal of the season but so far it has proved to be only partly beneficial...
August 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Can the Oakland A’s Compete Beyond 2014?

In case there were any doubts after the Jeff Samardzija trade, there can be no doubts anymore after the Oakland A’s traded to acquire Jon Lester.  The man behind these moves, GM Billy Beane, has made it seem that 2014 will either be his first World Series ring as Oakland’s general manager or the year will be a bust.  The expectations are certainly increasing with the additions...
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August 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Athletics trade Tommy Milone to Twins for Sam Fuld

The Oakland Athletics have traded left-hander Tommy Milone to the Minnesota Twins for outfielder Sam Fuld. The A’s moved Milone just hours after acquiring All-Star pitcher Jon Lester in a blockbuster trade with the Boston Red Sox. Milone, 27, is 6-3 with a 3.55 ERA in 16 starts this season.  But he has spent most of this past month in the minors. Fuld, 32, returns...
Via Sports-Glory
July 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Possible A's could emrge as a possible mystery team for Jon Lester

The A's, who already acquired Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, are said to have at least some involvement in the Jon Lestery derby, according to people familiar with the talks. It isn't known what Oakland's chances ar at this point, but they already pulled off one surprise by landing Samardzija and Hammel together in a deal with the Cubs. Oakland would appear to have...
Via Pro Sports Daily
July 30, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB Rumors: Tons of teams after Jon Lester

As baseball’s 2014 trade deadline approaches it is looking more and more like the Boston Red Sox will move Jon Lester out of town. Reports late Tuesday night confirm that at least four teams are after the 30-year-old three-time All-Star. The Oakland A’s, St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates are all apparently in on the big lefty and the Red Sox are...
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July 30, 2014  |  Discuss
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