Athletics 8 Game Win Streak Is Nothing New To Pattern Formed Since Last Year
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By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner): Follow @chuckbooth3024
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:
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.
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
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