Daily DraftKings Picks: Wednesday, Jul 23

Yesterday I took several stabs at the $20,000 first prize in what was a very top-heavy prize structure, but ultimately I came up short. My best lineup on the day finished 200th-of-5,647 and yesterday’s Official Lineup finished 704th-of-5,647 (pictured below). Our starting pitchers were great and Neil Walker was a nice lineup differentiator, but the rest was a little too ho-him...
Via Baseball Professor
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Catching Up With: Oakland A’s Catcher Stephen Vogt

Stephen Vogt didn’t get his first taste of life in the majors until the age of 27, when he made it into 18 games for Tampa Bay. The A’s acquired him at the start of last season and called him up to the big club from Sacramento midway through the year. And with John Jaso sidelined through much of the second half, Vogt played a pivotal role in the A’s pennant run. Many were disappointed...
Via Athletics Farm
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Dawn of the Planet of the A’s

The Oakland A's have been the team to beat in the first half of 2014. They own the best record the majors, their offense, which is comprised of a ragtag bunch of misfits from the other side of the tracks, ranks second among all teams in RBIs and total bases. They lead the league in ERA and WHIP, and they just upgraded their rotation with the acquisition of Jeff Samardzija and...
Via Razzball
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Pitching Stifles Giants Struggling Offense

The Giants opened up the Bay Bridge series by once again being on the wrong side of a shut-out as they fell to the Oakland Athletics 5-0. It took a few innings, but the Oakland offense finally broke through in the bottom of the fifth. Craig Gentry was awarded first base to lead off the inning after he was hit by a pitch. Ryan Vogelsong and Bruce Bochy didn’t agree and challenged...
Via BaySportsNet
16 days ago  |  Discuss

John Jaso chases bird out of infield (Video)

Your browser does not support iframes.Oakland Athletics catcher John Jaso found himself in the unusual position of having to chase a bird out of the infield in order to take his at-bat during the first inning of Monday's game in Detroit. After Coco Crisp hit a double to lead off the game, a bird landed between home plate and the pitcher's mound. Jaso came out of the batter...
Via Holdout Sports
23 days ago  |  Discuss

A’s John Jaso chases pigeon off the Comerica Park field (VIDEO)

via A’s catcher flexed some serious muscle Monday night chasing a pigeon off the field in Detroit.  The bird found an empty seat between the mound and home plate to watch Anibal Sanchez spit his magic until Jaso came on him like an angry usher.  Home plate umpire Mike Dimuro also got tough giving the pigeon one last lunge before hopping back behind the plate. The pigeon...
Via It's Always Sunny in Detroit
23 days ago  |  Discuss

A’s Catchers John Jaso, Stephen Vogt Race To Gear Up In Dugout (Video)

Don’t ever accuse Oakland A’s catchers John Jaso and Stephen Vogt of being unprepared. Fellow A’s backstop Derek Norris has been taking a beating behind the plate recently, so when Norris was struck in the hand by a Yangervis Solarte backswing during Sunday’s game against the New York Yankees, both Jaso and Vogt sprung into action. Your browser does not support iframes....
June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

John Jaso, Stephen Vogt have dugout battle for playing time

After A's catcher Derek Norris was hit on the glove hand by Yangervis Solarte's back swing Sunday, it looked like he may not be able to stay in the game and would have to be replaced.So John Jaso and Stephen Vogt did what any concerned teammates would do — have a friendly battle to see who could get their gear on first. Squatting behind the plate has be be a lot more fun...
Via The Other Paper
June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Baseball Profcast: Buy Or Sell Kipnis?

In Episode 74, Professors Adam Nodiff (@ANodBaseball) and Zach Pincince (@ZachPincince) recap all fantasy relevant news from around the league. Submit a question for the guys to answer on tomorrow’s show! Review the show on iTunes and enter to win a $50 Gift Certificate to StubHub! Click here for details. Today’s topics include: Whether a “time-out” on the DL will...
Via Baseball Professor
June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

2 Roster Moves I Actually Made, Week 10

Jaso doesn’t get the love fellow A Derek Norris does (Photo: Getty Images) Another quiet week for my fantasy teams on the transaction front. What can I say, I have put them in a pretty good position to win as currently constructed given that my three H2H teams are currently playoff bound, and my one rotisserie league team is in second place. In this edition of “Moves I Actually...
Via Baseball Professor
June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Derek Norris on Machado: ‘It’s a disgrace to baseball’

The Oakland A’s were fuming over Manny Machado’s disrespectful behavior during Sunday’s 11-1 win over the Orioles and voiced their opinions afterwards. Machado, who already was involved in an incident with Josh Donaldson on Friday, threw his bat after being thrown at in the eighth inning of Sunday’s game. Oakland catcher John Jaso, who served […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Oakland A's beat Orioles in 11 innings

A game that could have had its focus on an odd tag play early on instead evolved into an explanation as to why the A's are 38-23 and owners of the best record in the American League. A yelling match in the third inning between Orioles third baseman Manny Machado and A's third baseman Josh Donaldson emptied the benches and seemed to be the story of the game. Over time, that...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Baseball Profcast: Walker’s Career Year

In Episode 70, Professors Adam Nodiff (@ANodBaseball) and Jake Devereaux (@DevJake) recap all fantasy relevant news from around the league. Submit a question for the guys to answer on tomorrow’s show! Review the show on iTunes and enter to win a $50 Gift Certificate to StubHub! Click here for details. Today’s topics include: What to do when your injury fill-ins are outplaying...
Via Baseball Professor
June 06, 2014  |  Discuss

DraftKings – Josh Dongaldson Is The Bringer Of Rain

As I look over my rosters for the year on DraftKings, the team I’ve won the most cash with is the Oakland A’s. The combination of Brandon Moss (who had two homers last night), John Jaso, Derek Norris, Yoenis Cespedes and even Josh Reddick have made bank for me all season. However, the player I’ve targeted most often is Josh Donaldson – especially against left-handers. Dongaldson...
Via Razzball
June 04, 2014  |  Discuss

PHOTO: What Max Scherzer’s fastball does to John Jaso’s arm

So what happens if you get hit with a high 90′s fastball from the reigning AL Cy Young winner Max Scherzer? John Jaso’s arm tells the tale with large lump that’s probably an array of black and blue today. Pretty gross… h/t: CBS Sports
Via The Majors Detroit
May 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Athletics Injury Update: John Jaso, Jed Lowrie, Nick Punto all out of lineup

Three Oakland Athletics are being held out of Saturday afternoon's contest in Toronto, all dealing with minor injury issues. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that John Jaso, Jed Lowrie and Nick Punto are all out of the lineup.Melvin says Punto better than expected today but not likely to be available. Jaso maybe Monday, as Jaso said. Lowrie available off...
Via Sports Injury Alert
May 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Athletics Injury Update: John Jaso scratched

John Jaso was initially in the lineup for the Oakland Athletics in Toronto before being scratched before game time due to tightness after the series on artificial turf in Tampa Bay, according to Susan Slusser of SF Gate.Jason Miller/Getty Images David Hale, A’s bench coach, who was replacing Bob Melvin who is at his daughter’s graduation says that it isn’t a big deal and...
Via Sports Injury Alert
May 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Jaso proves difference as A's rally to beat Nationals in 10 innings

John Jaso said it was his biggest night in an A's uniform, and by the end of the A's 4-3, 10-inning win over Washington on Saturday, it was certainly his messiest, too. Jaso's 10th-inning double off the right field wall scored Nick Punto from first base with the game-winner, earning Jaso a whipped cream pie in the face, shoulders and torso, the Oakland symbol of late...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Boxscore Breakdown Game #13: Jaso’d again – Athletics 3, Angels 2

I’m writing this whilst doubled over as I am still feeling the after-effects of that gut punch loss courtesy of John Jaso. Run Expectancy Rundown Albert Pujols and Kole Calhoun were the only two Angels that could solve the riddle that was Jesse Chavez. David Freese and Howie Kendrick did their usual no-show act while Mike Trout was very un-Trout-like. Jaso. It always has to be...
Via Monkey with a Halo
April 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Jaso Pinch-Hit Homers A’s To Come From Behind Victory Over Halos

It was a night for the Southern California local guys wearing green and gold to shine for the A’s. Jesse Chavez, from Fontana, about a  45 minute drive from Anaheim, turned in another brilliant pitching performance, lasting seven innings of two run (one earned run) ball. Chavez allowed four hits and struck out nine Angels’ batters without allowing a walk. The only earned run...
Via BaySportsNet
April 15, 2014  |  Discuss

John Jaso's pinch HR gives A's a victory

Some players, knowing they might pinch hit late in games, spend time watching video of relievers or taking some hacks in the cage, or just intently watching the opposing pitcher. John Jaso is not one of them - the A's catcher has a remarkably laid-back approach to big at-bats. On Monday night at Angel Stadium, he used that mellow vibe while hitting for Derek Norris in the ninth...
Via Pro Sports Daily
April 15, 2014  |  Discuss

John Jaso’s two-run blast pushes A’s past the Angels

Via Valley Bay News
April 15, 2014  |  Discuss

A's John Jaso leaves Cactus League opener after being hit on elbow by pitch

Oakland A's catcher John Jaso had to leave Wednesday afternoon's Catcus League opener after taking a pitch off his right elbow. John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group tweeted that Jaso had planned to catch at least four innings in the game, but had to end his afternoon early after the HBP.Photo: Thomson200 via Wikimedia CommonsJaso, 30, was making his first appearance in...
Via Sports Injury Alert
February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

A's Jaso to catch for first time since concussion

Oakland catcher John Jaso will take his place behind home plate in a game for the first time since suffering a concussion when he was struck by a foul tip last July 24. Jaso was given the starting nod for the spring training opener in Scottsdale on Wednesday, a move A's manager Bob Melvin hopes will put Jaso at ease quickly. Melvin said Jaso, who has played in parts of five...
Via AP on Fox
February 25, 2014  |  Discuss

A's catcher Jaso ready for spring training

John Jaso took the field with the rest of his Oakland Athletics teammates for their first full-squad workout of spring training on Thursday. He'd already taken a ball off his mask in spring training, an important hurdle for him to clear in his return to baseball. Jaso is coming back from a concussion that ultimately knocked him out for almost half of last season. A foul tip...
Via AP on Fox
February 20, 2014  |  Discuss
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