Indians in the Play-Offs? Divisional Edition

The Cleveland Indians as a unit may have not made the play-offs in 2014, but thanks to the large amount of turnover in Major League rosters, plenty of former Indians have made it to October. For the sake of those fans who have not forgotten, we will bring you an Indians centric view of the Divisional and Wild Card rounds of the 2014 play-offs. Wild Card Games The Royals have just...
Via Burning River Baseball
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Veteran Stability Necessary to Avoid Starting Pitching Regression

Today continues DTTWLN’s three week examination of the Indians 2014 season and where it fell short of the playoff expectations established last winter. The staff will examine where the season went wrong and the challenges the front office faces to make the Indians contenders in 2015.   Regression (n): the act of going back to a previous place or state; return or reversion. The...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Our 10 Worst Pitcher Projections of 2014

On Monday we began our look back at our preseason projections, posting our 10 Worst Hitter Projections of 2014, and some of them were pretty ugly. On Tuesday we got to look at things we actually got right with our 10 Best Hitter Projections of 2014 before taking another trip to Oops-ville today when we look at our 10 Worst Pitcher Projections of 2014, and then we’ll wrap things...
Via Baseball Professor
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Today In Tribe History: September 28, 2013

Backed by a strong six innings from Scott Kazmir, Cleveland’s 5-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins guarantees the Indians of at least a tie for one of the American League Wild Card spots. It is the Indians’ ninth straight win and 14th win in their last 16 games. It gives them a one-game lead over the Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays. The Indians will win their game on Sunday...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
September 28, 2014  |  Discuss

A's closer to wild card after 6-2 win at Texas

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Josh Reddick drove in three runs, Scott Kazmir won for the first time in seven starts and the Oakland Athletics moved ever so close to their third consecutive playoff appearance with a 6-2 victory over the Texas Rangers on Friday night. The A's, who snapped a three-game losing streak, would clinch an American League wild-card spot with a loss by Seattle...
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September 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Gameday 156: Phillies at Athletics

Philadelphia Phillies (71-84) at Oakland Athletics (84-70) Starting Pitchers: PHI: A.J. Burnett (8-17, 4.40 ERA) vs. OAK: Scott Kazmir (14-9, 3.44 ERA)  Time: 4:05 EST, Coliseum TV: CSN Weather: Sunny, 71 Media: Twitter and Facebook A note for today: The Phillies look to pick up a series win against the AL’s second Wild Card team. Burnett looks to end his season strong...
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September 21, 2014  |  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
September 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Daily DraftKings Picks: Wednesday, Sep 17

Yesterday my Official Lineup came out blazing as Corey Kluber was dominant against the Astros and Wilmer Flores kept crushing with a two-homer, 43-point effort. Then Scott Kazmir, who was shaky but successful for his first couple innings, completely lost it and ended up posting a 1.75-point day. All-in-all, though, the Official Lineup scored 127.10 points and finished 1,358th-of...
Via Baseball Professor
September 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Kazmir, sloppy Athletics lose to Rangers

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Scott Kazmir allowed a two-run homer to Jake Smolinski, and shortstop Jed Lowrie made an error that led to a pair of unearned runs as the Oakland Athletics lost 6-3 to the last-place Texas Rangers on Tuesday night. After strengthening their AL wild-card lead by beating Seattle in the final two games of a weekend series, the A's looked sloppy in the opener...
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September 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Chirs Sale drops ERA below 2.00 as White Sox shut out A's

  Chris Sale bested Scott Kazmir in a brilliant pitchers' duel, light-hitting Marcus Semien homered for the only run and the Chicago White Sox edged the rapidly fading Oakland Athletics 1-0 Thursday. The A's lost for the 11th time in 14 games. They began the day leading the American League wild-card race, 1-1/2 games over Detroit and two games ahead of Seattle. Sale (12...
Via AP on Fox
September 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Boxscore Breakdown #136: OakLOLand – Angels 8, Athletics 1

Well, that couldn’t have gone better. Not only did the Angels beat the pants off the A’s in the finale, but they sent them into full-on self-destruct mode afterwards. After losing all four games and scoring a combined three runs in the series, Oakland is in utter disarray. Their hitters were awful in the series. They made several fielding blunders. Scott Kazmir continues to implode...
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September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

How the Angels won (08/31): Angels sweep the A's and extend their AL West lead to 5 games

How the Angels Won: It's a simple formula. The Angels pitched well enough to stay in games 1-4 and when their opponents made mistakes, they capitalized. The same formula proved effective on Sunday in an 8-1 win over the Oakland A's at Angel Stadium, effectively completing the four-game sweep over their AL West rivals.  "I think the whole series we played that way,"...
Via Fox Sports West
August 31, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB Game Picks - Monday: August 25, 2014

Sunday ended up a game below .500 with the game picks. Some picks were really good like the Cubs finishing off the Orioles to sweep the series and the Mets beating the Dodgers. But others such as the Angels pouncing on Scott Kazmir and the Rays squeezing out a game against the Blue Jays threw me. I never expected the White Sox to lose with Chris Sale on the mound. And I was wrong...
Via The Flagrant Fan
August 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Kazmir KO’d Early, A’s Fall to Angels

After two nail-biting games played in a playoff-like atmosphere went in the A’s favor to start the AL-west lead-deciding series, the Angels came back with a vengeance Sunday evening in front of a nationally televised audience. The highly-paid and highly-talented Los Angeles offense made short work of Scott Kazmir, knocking around the lefty for seven runs in just three-plus innings...
Via BaySportsNet
August 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Angels pound on Oakland; take back the West

After losing the first two games of the series, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim went out looking to avoid the sweep against the Oakland A’s, and regain first place.Jered Weaver and Scott Kazmir were the starters.Contrary to the previous two games, the Angels took an early lead. In the top of the second, Erick Aybar crushed a first-pitch slider, that bounced off the top of...
Via In The Neutral Zone
August 25, 2014  |  Discuss

MMO Game Recap: Athletics 6, Mets 2

The New York Mets (59-68) took on the Oakland Athletics (74-51) tonight at Coliseum for the first game of a short two game series, with Dillon Gee taking on Scott Kazmir. What you should know: The Mets got on the scoreboard first this evening, as Travis d’Arnaud launched his eleventh home run of the season, making it 1-0 in the top of the fourth inning. Oakland answered back...
Via Mets Merized Online
August 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets On Verge Of Setting Historic Streak Of Offensive Futility

All the leaves are brown… and the skies are gray… If the Mets thought they had it rough against the woeful Chicago Cubs, they’re in for some real trouble this week as they head to the West Coast for some California reaming. The Mets begin a five-game west coast swing with a pair of games starting tonight against the Oakland A’s before kicking off a weekend series with the...
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August 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Daily SP Rankings: Tuesday, Aug 19

After a very limited Monday, there are plenty of opportunities to spot start on Tuesday. Let’s look at the rankings: Scott Kazmir takes the top spot for two reasons: He’ll face the Mets, who are 29th in wOBA over the last two weeks (.268) and he’ll face Dillon Gee, who Steamer doesn’t like. That 50/20 W%/L% split seems a bit drastic to me, but I think Kazmir probably has...
Via Baseball Professor
August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Vargas still trying to find edge after surgery

Having cooled off the Kansas City Royals for the moment, the Oakland Athletics now hope Scott Kazmir can get back on track. Plagued by one poor inning in each of his last two outings, the All-Star left-hander tries to avoid losing a fourth straight start to the Royals on Wednesday night. Josh Donaldson homered twice and had four RBIs and Brandon Moss added four hits as Oakland (73...
Via AP on Fox
August 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Kazmir Improves to 13-4, A’s Hold Off Twins 6-5

What looked like a sure win through six innings, got a bit dicey by the end, but when all was said and done the A’s had held off a Minnesota Twins’ comeback, holding onto a 6-5 win to take the first two games of the weekend series. Scott Kazmir set down the first 12 batters he faced before losing his bid for a perfect game, but maintained his shutout through six innings with...
Via BaySportsNet
August 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Kazmir, A's fend off Twins, 6-5

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Scott Kazmir faced the minimum through six innings before running into trouble, Coco Crisp hit a bases-loaded triple, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Minnesota Twins 6-5 on Friday night for their 11th straight win in the series. Oakland owns its longest unbeaten run against the Twins, whose last victory came at Target Field on Sept. 10, 2013. The A's are...
Via AP on Fox
August 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Kazmir, A's fend off Twins, 6-5

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Scott Kazmir faced the minimum through six innings before running into trouble, Coco Crisp hit a bases-loaded triple, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Minnesota Twins 6-5 on Friday night for their 11th straight win in the series. Oakland owns its longest unbeaten run against the Twins, whose last victory came at Target Field on Sept. 10, 2013. The A's are...
Via Fox Sports North
August 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Kazmir follows fellow lefty Lester with a win

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Scott Kazmir faced the minimum through six innings before running into trouble, Coco Crisp hit a bases-loaded triple, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Minnesota Twins 6-5 on Friday night for their 11th straight win in the series. Oakland owns its longest unbeaten run against the Twins, whose last victory came at Target Field on Sept. 10, 2013. The A's...
Via AP on Fox
August 09, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB Game Picks - Monday: October 4, 2014

Mediocrity continues with another 8-7 day. The Astros surprised me all weekend. Scott Kazmir lost. The most laughable incorrect pick was the White Sox. What the heck was that!? They did not have a relief pitcher that could get anyone out no matter who they put out there. After Jose Quintana threw too many pitches through five, but had a 3-1 lead when he left, the White Sox bullpen...
Via The Flagrant Fan
August 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Hudson Struggles Against Former Team, A’s Take Season Series 3-1

Scott Kazmir dominated a weak Giants offense as the A’s beat San Francisco 6-1 to take the season series 3-1 and keep the best record in the Majors (58-34). The Oakland offense continued to plague Giants starting pitching. Brandon Moss led off the top of the second with a single, and Josh Donaldson followed it up with a walk. Jed Lowrie’s groundout moved Moss to third, and he...
Via BaySportsNet
July 10, 2014  |  Discuss
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