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Athletics 8 Game Win Streak Is Nothing New To Pattern Formed Since Last Year

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Friday, Apr.12/2013

Oakland Athletics' Jed Lowrie has made Billy Beane look like a genius once again - with clubbing 16 hits, (8 of the Extra Base Variety), Scoring 10 Runs and Walking 6 times so far in the teams 8 - 2 start.  He has an OPS of 1.258 thus far.

Oakland Athletics’ Jed Lowrie has made Billy Beane look like a genius once again – with clubbing 16 hits, (8 of the Extra Base Variety), Scoring 10 Runs and Walking 6 times so far in the teams 8 – 2 start. He has an OPS of 1.258.  He was acquired from the Houston Astros in a February trade which sent Chris Carter the other way.  The man can play several defensive positions well.  He is due for Arbitration at the end of this season, before becoming a Free Agent in 2015.  Beane doesn’t seem to make a bad move these days.

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):

Hands up.. How many people would have thought that the Oakland Athletics would start the 2013 season with the best record in the Major Leagues so far?

Of course this website is not surprised at all.  Jonathan Hacohen (Website Founder and current Oakland A’s Correspondent) wrote a brilliant piece in the 1st week of July/2012 – breaking down Billy Beane‘s new MoneyBall Philosophy here.

I have to admit something right now..  I had not seen the movie “MoneyBall” even by this time.  Yes…brutal and I was kicking myself for not seeing it before hand.

After the movie, I did some digging and was extremely flabbergasted with what I found about Beane’s magic.  I wrote a Roster Tree for the Hitters and Pitchers in the organization.  I studied every single transaction to back track how each of the current member of the team had arrived in an Oakland uniform.  You can find that 2 part series here.

Can the Oakland A’s Do it Again in 2013 Preview:

Billy Beane has pick- pocketed some of the best power hitting prospcects from other clubs that may just need a chance to prove their metal with some big league At - Bats.  His club has roared out of the gates - leading in most offensive and defensive categories so far.  The team has put up a 80 - 38 Record since starting last year 23 - 32.

Billy Beane has pick- pocketed some of the best power hitting prospects from other clubs – that may just need a chance to prove their metal with some big league At – Bats. His club has roared out of the gates in 2013 – leading in most offensive and defensive categories. The team has put up a 80 – 38 Record since starting last year at 23 – 32.

Now that we have started the year, I am moderately impressed with the teams start, however this club has been the best team in the  Major Leagues since the ALL – Star Break. 

Even having said this, I ultimately said the Athletics would win between 84 – 89 Wins – and finish just behind the playoff bar.  They still might do this very thing, yet I am starting to re – consider flip-flopping them with the Angels. 

The A’s even dropped the 1st 2 games of the year to the Mariners.  At this time, I bet a lot of people were saying:  “The Athletics are going into regression this campaign.”

The moves over the winter were minor.  The A’s said good – bye to Brandon McCarthy, George Kottaras, Chris Carter, Jonny Gomes, Brandon Inge, Stephen Drew, Collin Cowgill, Cliff Pennington, A.J. Cole, Brad Peacock and Max Strassi. They have added new players: Jed Lowrie, John Jaso, Nate Freiman and Chris Young

Coco Crisp has been tearing up the ball to start the year.  He has 4 HRs and an OPS of 1.105 in the teams 1st 10 games.  He leads the AL with Runs (14) AB (44) and PA (50). When he first signed as a Free Agent in 2009, heads were rolled at the $$ figures that Beane gave out to the CF.  Now it looks great.  The team holds a Team Option for 2014 at $7.5 MIL.  This looks to be a lock now.

Coco Crisp has been tearing up the ball to start the year. He has 4 HRs and an OPS of 1.105 in the teams 1st 10 games. He leads the AL with Runs (14) AB (44) and PA (50). When he first signed as a Free Agent in 2009, heads were rolled at the $$ figures that Beane gave out to the CF. Now it looks great. The team holds a Team Option for 2014 – at $7.5 MIL for Crisp.

Look at the player that have brought in for their productions.  3 Slash Lines of C – Jaso .360/.385/.905 – SS Lowrie – .410/.489/1.258, Young UT – .214/.353/.853 and 1B/DH Nate Freiman .182/.231/.413 ( but just 11 AB). 

These guys have helped the Athletics score 65 Runs during the current 8 Game Winning Streak.  The team ranks 1st in Runs Scored (66), Hits (103), HRs (18),  Stolen Bases (8), Walks (39) and are 2nd in Batting Average at (.292).

They are fast, young, patient and powerful and that is just the hitters. 

The teams Pitching Staff has allowed only 33 Runs Scored.  This equates to a Run differential of plus 33 Runs through 10 games….or… The club is averaging 6.6 Runs Per Game and are only allowing 3.3 Runs Scored.

The staff has pitched to a 2.90 ERA thus far – which leads the American League.  The Bullpen (other than Pat Neshek) all have ERA’s under 3.00.  Chris Resop and Jerry Blevins have pitched to ERA’s of 0.00 to date – nailing down 9.2 IP over 11 Games Appeared in.

The Athletics have played all of their games versus the American League West:  Sea (4), Hou (3) and LAA (3).  They are perfect on the road – winning 6 games in a row versus the Astros and the Angels. 

This is a team that had 5 or 6  5+ Game Winning Streaks from June of last year.  They were once 23 – 32 during 2012.  Since that day, the franchise is 80 – 38 – which is .678 % Baseball. 

I still think the team will face tougher times ahead based on their young Starting Pitching piling up Innings in back to back years.  Here is the great part.  These guys will learn to make it through seasons.  2014 and 2015 project to be awesome.

The best part about this club is the Billy Beane Payroll.  The Pitchers make an aggregate of $21 MIL or so, and the offense makes about $44 MIL.  Nobody is locked up long – term except for Cespedes, (who looks like a bargain for $9 MIL a year through 2015). 

Beane has more people under Team Control than last year.  Jaso is under team control until 2016, Freiman has just started his clock.  The only move this site didn’t agree with is the Carter for Lowrie trade, because of the team control for each player – however Beane looks like a genius now that he plucked Freiman off of waivers from Houston afterwards.  It is an extension of the Carter move.

The team has plenty of depth now because of Beanes calculated moves.  I would never want to play Mr. Beane at chess because he is thinking so far ahead in the future

The GM has made so many astute moves and never seems to make a mistake on breaking down pitchers.  My Pitching Roster Tree had me study the Mulder, Zito and Hudson trade breakdowns from right now and what numbers they have put up since departing the team.  Beane knows when to let a Veteran Walk – and especially if they are Pitchers.

Whatever happens with Oakland, they are the most intriguing team in the game of baseball.  Look at their numbers in 2013.

Injury Report and Team Stats – Courtesy of Baseball Reference.com

  • 4/12 Injury Report: Fernando Rodriguez On the 60-day disabled list and will miss the entire season (March 23, right elbow surgery)
  • 4/12 Injury Report: Brett Anderson Questionable for Saturday’s scheduled start against Detroit (April 10, bruised left thumb)
  • 4/12 Injury Report: Adam Rosales On the 15-day disabled list (March 26, strained left intercostal)
  • 4/12 Injury Report: Scott Sizemore On the 15-day disabled list and will miss the remainder of the season (April 10, to undergo left knee surgery)
  • 4/12 Injury Report: Josh Reddick Questionable for Friday’s game against Detroit (April 12, sprained right wrist

Team Batting

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Rk Pos                              Age G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1 C John Jaso* 29 7 27 25 5 9 1 0 1 6 0 0 1 4 .360 .385 .520 .905 141 13 1 0 1 0 0
2 1B Brandon Moss* 29 9 35 30 6 11 0 1 2 10 0 0 5 5 .367 .457 .633 1.090 190 19 0 0 0 0 0
3 2B Eric Sogard* 27 8 29 26 2 6 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 4 .231 .310 .231 .541 50 6 0 2 0 0 0
4 SS Jed Lowrie# 29 10 45 39 10 16 5 0 3 8 0 0 6 4 .410 .489 .769 1.258 232 30 1 0 0 0 0
5 3B Josh Donaldson 27 10 41 39 6 9 2 0 1 6 0 0 2 6 .231 .268 .359 .627 67 14 5 0 0 0 0
6 LF Yoenis Cespedes 27 10 43 38 7 8 1 0 3 7 0 0 4 12 .211 .279 .474 .753 98 18 0 0 0 1 1
7 CF Coco Crisp# 33 10 50 44 14 14 5 0 4 6 2 1 6 3 .318 .400 .705 1.105 190 31 0 0 0 0 1
8 RF Josh Reddick* 26 7 29 24 5 3 1 0 1 4 3 0 3 1 .125 .241 .292 .533 43 7 2 1 0 1 0
9 DH Seth Smith* 30 6 25 22 2 11 6 0 1 6 0 0 3 3 .500 .560 .909 1.469 287 20 1 0 0 0 1
Rk Pos Age G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
10 UT Chris Young 29 7 34 28 5 6 2 0 2 6 1 0 5 7 .214 .353 .500 .853 127 14 1 1 0 0 0
11 C Derek Norris 24 6 18 15 3 6 1 0 0 2 1 0 2 2 .400 .500 .467 .967 164 7 0 1 0 0 0
12 UT Nate Freiman 26 4 13 11 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 3 .182 .231 .182 .413 14 2 0 0 0 1 0
13 MI Andy Parrino# 27 2 6 6 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .167 .167 .333 .500 30 2 0 0 0 0 0
14 2B Scott Sizemore 28 2 6 6 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .167 .167 .333 .500 30 2 0 0 0 0 0
Rk Pos Age W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
1 SP A.J. Griffin 25 2 0 1.000 1.93 2 2 0 0 0 0 14.0 12 3 3 1 3 0 5 0 0 0 56 227 1.071 7.7 0.6 1.9 3.2 1.67
2 SP Brett Anderson* 25 1 1 .500 1.38 2 2 0 0 0 0 13.0 9 4 2 0 6 0 16 0 0 0 53 317 1.154 6.2 0.0 4.2 11.1 2.67
3 SP Tommy Milone* 26 2 0 1.000 4.50 2 2 0 0 0 0 12.0 11 6 6 2 4 0 9 0 0 0 50 98 1.250 8.3 1.5 3.0 6.8 2.25
4 SP Jarrod Parker 24 0 1 .000 6.48 2 2 0 0 0 0 8.1 14 6 6 1 6 0 2 1 0 0 43 69 2.400 15.1 1.1 6.5 2.2 0.33
5 SP Dan Straily 24 1 0 1.000 2.70 1 1 0 0 0 0 6.2 5 2 2 0 0 0 11 0 0 0 25 166 0.750 6.8 0.0 0.0 14.9
6 SP Bartolo Colon 40 1 0 1.000 4.50 1 1 0 0 0 0 6.0 8 3 3 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 25 100 1.333 12.0 1.5 0.0 3.0
Rk Pos Age W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
7 CL Grant Balfour 35 0 0 3.00 3 0 3 0 0 1 3.0 3 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 13 159 1.333 9.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 1.00
8 RP Evan Scribner 27 0 0 2.84 5 0 4 0 0 0 6.1 5 2 2 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 25 159 0.947 7.1 0.0 1.4 4.3 3.00
9 RP Chris Resop 30 0 0 0.00 5 0 1 0 0 0 5.0 3 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 18 0.600 5.4 0.0 0.0 9.0
10 RP Jerry Blevins* 29 0 0 0.00 6 0 1 0 0 0 4.2 2 0 0 0 1 0 7 0 0 0 17 0.643 3.9 0.0 1.9 13.5 7.00
11 RP Pat Neshek 32 0 0 10.13 5 0 0 0 0 0 2.2 7 5 3 0 4 0 3 0 0 0 21 48 4.125 23.6 0.0 13.5 10.1 0.75
Rk Pos Age W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
12 Ryan Cook 26 1 0 1.000 2.08 4 0 1 0 0 0 4.1 1 1 1 0 3 0 7 1 0 0 18 222 0.923 2.1 0.0 6.2 14.5 2.33
13 Sean Doolittle* 26 0 0 0.00 4 0 0 0 0 0 4.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 14 0.500 4.5 0.0 0.0 4.5
Team Totals 27.2 8 2 .800 2.90 10 10 10 0 0 1 90.0 82 33 29 6 29 0 73 2 0 1 378 155 1.233 8.2 0.6 2.9 7.3 2.52
Rank in 15 AL teams 1 15 1 1 10 11 2 10 4 2 3 6 6
The A's have been putting together historical Win teaks over the last calendar year.  They have charged out to a 5.5 Games lead on their California Divisional Rival Angels after sweeping Los Angeles this week.  I am curious to see them play against the rest of the MLB.  One thing I won't do - is be surprised anymore when the count up the Wins.

The A’s have been putting together historical Win streaks over the last calendar year. They have charged out to a 5.5 Games lead on their California Divisional Rival (Angels) – after sweeping Los Angeles this week. I am curious to see them play against the rest of the MLB. One thing I won’t do – is be surprised anymore when the count up the Wins.  The organization is doing this in the AL West despite having half of the Total Team Payrolls of the Angels and the Rangers.  If they ever receive additional revenue from a new stadium – look the hell out!

*** The views and opinions expressed in this report are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of mlbreports.com or their partners.***

Chuck Booth – Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner and author of the Fastest 30 Ballgames:   To learn more about my  “The Fastest 30 Ballgames Book” and how to purchase it, click here . You can also follow my Guinness Book of World Record Successful Bid to see all 30 MLB Park in 23 Days – click here

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Ben Fallon (Left) and Chuck booth (Right)  at Nats Park (Patriots Day 2012)

Ben Fallon (Left) and Chuck booth (Right) at Nats Park (Patriots Day 2012)

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About chuckbooth3023

I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker . In 2015, I watched 224 MLB Games, spanning all 30 MLB Parks in 183 Days. Read about that World Record Journey at https://mlbreports.com/183in2015/229sked2015/

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