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Game Thread #53: A’s vs. Mariners

Eight straight?

This is the A’s team we’ve been waiting to see. And now, with just one game separating the Oakland and Boston in AL Wild Card race, the A’s have a chance to reclaim the slot they came into the year defending.

On the mound is Mike Fiers, who’s had middling results since his no-hitter a couple of weeks ago. He’ll be facing off against Yusei Kikuchi, the Mariners’ emerging ace. As the season’s gone along and he’s gotten more reps against major league hitters,...

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Alex Hall

A’s DFA Fernando Rodney, call up Wei-Chung Wang

A’s shuffle bullpen, finally add second lefty

The Oakland A’s designated reliever Fernando Rodney for assignment, the team announced Saturday. To take his place on both the 25-man and 40-man rosters, lefty reliever Wei-Chung Wang was selected from Triple-A and called up to Oakland.

The A’s acquired Rodney last August, and his tenure began with 11 straight scoreless innings that month. However, he collapsed in September and couldn’t record an out in the subsequent Wild Card Game....

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Athletics designate 17-year vet Fernando Rodney after ERA balloons to 9.42

The Oakland Athletics have designated veteran reliever Fernando Rodney for assignment, their PR department announced. Wei-Chung Wang’s contract has been selected from Triple-A Las Vegas in a corresponding move. This could spell the end of the road for 42-year-old Rodney, whose days of slinging arrows may be numbered after a 9.42 ERA in 17 appearances. Still, given the state of bullpens around the league, it would not be a shock to see Rodney hitch his cart to a different horse for...

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Nico

Hindsighting: Sad To Be Right, Happy To Be Wrong

“Hindsighting” may not be a word, but if Oscar Wilde can introduce the world to the notion of “Bunburying” and then a century later Rafael Casal and Daveed Diggs can bring “Blindspotting” to popular culture, I would like to think I can get away with gerundifying a noun. That’s right: I invented the word “gerundifying” to justify inventing the word “hindsighting,” none of which really provides analysis of the A’s off-season moves. So let’s get to that, shall we?

The...

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baseballgirl

Game #52: Homer Happy Olson, Canha and Piscotty Soar A’s Over Mariners for 7th Straight Win

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The A’s keep rolling along; racking up yet another victory for their seventh in a row, despite a shortened starting pitching effort by tonight’s starter. The A’s offense more than made up for their pitching tonight; they racked up another three home runs as they finally figured out a way to beat Seattle.

Tonight, more than any other, highlighted what was missing in the first two months of the baseball season, Matt Olson and Mark Canha, both...

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Game Thread #52: A’s vs. Mariners (3)

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We head to the bottom of the seventh; the A’s turned around a 1-0 deficit into a 4-1 lead, all in the span of 15 seconds, thanks to back-to-back home runs in the fourth by Oly and Canha, but Seattle put one back against Petit in the seventh, cutting the deficit to 4-2.

Mengden lasted 4.0 innings, and it was honestly touch and go whether he’d even pitch that deep into the game. He wasn’t cut short either; he threw 99 pitches (only 55 of which were strikes,...

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baseballgirl

Game Thread #52: A’s vs. Mariners (2)

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Let me ‘splain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up.

It should be about 6-0 Seattle; instead it’s 1-0 Seattle. Mengden has walked pretty much the entire lineup, but somehow has managed to wiggle out of trouble, thanks in part to some nifty defense (I love you Semien/Chapman!) or a questionable-at-best strike three call that went our way.

The A’s have one hit, by Ramon Laureano, and even so, it’s been 9-up, 9-down, since he was erased by a DP.

Let’s hope for more....

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baseballgirl

Game Thread #52: A’s vs. Mariners

So a funny thing happened on the way to this Friday night game thread. Remember when I was with you last week, and the A’s were finally on a one-game win streak, after a simply horrible two-game series against the Mariners (the very same team they open the series against tonight), losing both one-run games in dramatic, painful fashion?

Well, it turned out that they would win on Friday night to run their win streak to two, and believe it or not, they haven’t lost since. There is some...

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Alex Hall

A’s offseason additions beginning to heat up

Some of the offseason moves are finally paying dividends.

The Oakland A’s offseason did not go the way most fans expected. Coming off a 97-win season and a playoff berth, folks generally assumed that they would look to stock up for an even stronger push in 2019, with the rotation as a particular area of need that could be addressed with a splashy move. Instead, to much criticism from the fanbase, the club mostly stuck with what they had and filled in the blanks with cheap gambles and...

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Dani Baker-Gillman

Series #18: Athletics vs Mariners - Once More, With Feeling

The A’s have played just four games against the Mariners this year, and have managed to lose all four. Each of those losses has been frustrating in their own little ways, as the A’s have only been outscored by five runs in those four games, and each game felt winnable, save for some bad defense in a bad moment or a bullpen meltdown that has become surprisingly common. While the A’s were the home team in two of the four games between them, but so far none of the games have been played...

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Athletics place Khris Davis on 10-day IL

This move had been expected, but it still took some time. The Athletics announced today that slugger Khris Davis is going to the 10-day injured list, retroactive to May 22nd. In the announcement, the club cited a “left hip/oblique contusion.” It still isn’t known just how long Davis will be down, but the hope remains it won’t be an exceedingly long absence. In his stead, outfielder Skye Bolt will join the active roster. The 25-year-old came up briefly earlier this year. He has been...

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A’s place Khris Davis on injured list, recall Skye Bolt

The slugger will finally get a chance to rest his ailing hip. The Oakland A’s placed DH Khris Davis on the 10-day injured list, the team announced Friday. To take his place on the roster, outfielder Skye Bolt was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas. Davis has been dealing with a lingering oblique/hip issue for almost three weeks. He sustained the injury while playing the field in an interleague game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on May 5. Davis made a nice running catch down the left field...

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Alex Hall

Prospect watch: Nick Allen breaking out in High-A

The glove-first shortstop is now producing with his bat.

The High-A Stockton Ports entered 2019 with a stacked lineup, featuring six names from our Community Prospect List. Unfortunately their results haven’t yet matched that hype, as the team ranks second-to-last in the league in scoring, but one name in particular is rising above the rest — and not the one we might have expected. Nick Allen is arguably the best hitter on the Ports right now.

The A’s drafted Allen out of high school...

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Joshua Iversen

Elephant Rumblings: The Lonely Island drop Bash Brothers tribute

A’s Coverage: Hartlaub: The Lonely Island slide back into home with surprise ‘Bash Brothers’ release... Slusser: A’s Blake Treinen finding himself to be a hard act to follow... Slusser: A’s mailbag — How long is this win streak, really? Jharel Cotton as reliever? Bollinger: One interesting stat for each AL West team... Best of AN: Iversen: Quick Look — Matt Olson is crushing the ball... Hall: Fan confidence rising for Oakland A’s rotation... MLB News: Davidi: Blue Jays to...

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Starting Pitching is a Bright Spot in a Slow Start for the Oakland Athletics

When you win 97 games and make the playoffs, you don’t expect to come out of the gate the ensuing season in third place in your division, let alone 25-25. Without a doubt, it’s a highly disappointing start for a supposed team on the rise. With that said, the Oakland Athletics’ lowly start to 2019 has seen some unexpected starters shine. Collectively, the A’s starting rotation is in the middle of the pack right now, but that’s a result of some pitchers having epic lows and others...

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Alex Hall

Fan confidence rising for A’s rotation

The starting pitchers are settling in and looking good.

Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send 30 polls to plugged in fans from each team. A’s fans, click HERE to learn more and join FanPulse.

A’s fans were asked this week if they have confidence in the team’s starting rotation, and the result was more positive than it was a month ago. This time, 33% of fans answered Yes to the question, “Are you confident that the A’s can contend with their...

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Joshua Iversen

Quick Look: Matt Olson is crushing the ball

In 2017, Matt Olson burst onto the scene. He slugged 24 home runs in just 216 plate appearances while playing fantastic defense at first base and looked like one of the league’s breakout young stars.

The following season, nobody expected Olson to replicate his Ruthian rookie numbers — his absurd .392 ISO and 41.4% HR/FB rate were just unsustainable — but even baking in some regression, he still looked like a threat to hit 35+ bombs in 2018.

While he did put together a very good 2018...

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Joshua Iversen

Elephant Rumblings: A’s surge back to .500 after sweep of Cleveland

A’s Coverage: Slusser: A’s top Cleveland to extend win streak to 6 — big day for Nick Hundley... Gallegos: Montas dominant again as A’s take sixth straight... McWilliams: Frankie Montas is terrible at responding to phone calls, but he keeps answering the A’s need on the mound... ($) Gallegos: Team to make decision on Khris Davis, pending MRI results, by Friday... Best of AN: CatfishBunter: Game #51 — A’s Cleave Cleveland 7-2 for Series Sweep... DeClercq: Quick Look — Frankie...

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JosephTDeClercq

Quick Look: Frankie Montas is Splitting the Difference

Frankie Montas was the Oakland A’s pitcher with the most to gain entering 2019. With nowhere to go but out of the organization, and only a handful of good major league outings on his resume Montas needed things to click, and quickly. Then he started throwing a splitter and it has made all of the difference.

In every single way Montas is a better pitcher than he was in his previous major league experience. Strikeouts are up considerably (from 19.8% to 23.4%*) and he cut his walks (10% down...

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Nico

“If These Walls Could Talk...”

...They would say “Get thee to Moe’s Books in Berkeley on Saturday at 7:00pm!” Because that’s where, and when, Ken Korach and Susan Slusser will be signing copies of their new book, “If These Walls Could Talk”.

Now this is real life and not a Hollywood movie. If it were a Hollywood movie, it would undoubtedly go something like this...“He likes Chinese food. She only eats tapas. He’s afraid to talk to women. She’s allergic to the letter ‘k’. Now they’re paired on a...

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