Athletics Update – Week of August 8th
With the best team in the game so far this season and a roster that
has been given a major upgrade, the Athletics look like one of the most dangerous teams in all of Major League Baseball at
this point, giving fans plenty to cheer about as they look to solidify their stranglehold on the American League West. It
won't be easy as the Angels also aspire to the division title, but the Athletics have shown that they can do it all on the
baseball field, giving them all kinds of different ways to win from one game to the next.
The A's also haven't shown
any signs of slowing down either, particularly since bringing Jeff Samardzija and Jon Lester have been added to an already
impressive pitching rotation.Though parting with Yoenis Cespedes could have been a damper on the season, instead the A's now
have built the type of team with Lester in the rotation that can take a serious shot at winning a World Series title. Thanks
to a rotation that also includes Sonny Gray and Scott Kazmir and an offensive lineup that still has Josh Donaldson and Brandon
Moss dominating pitchers seemingly on a nightly basis, the A's now have one of those teams that nobody wants to see on their
Following a home stand against the Twins, the A's will then hit the road hoping to keep the winning
going as they'll head to Kansas City and Atlanta. Then it will be back to O.co Coliseum for big matchups against the Mets
and then the Angels, with the Angels series surely to be as big as any series so far this season. The Athletics will then
close out the month with another intense divisional road trip that will take them to Houston and then to Los Angeles for yet
another highly anticipated series against the Angels.
A's Update – Week of July 4
Many fans around
the league knew prior to the season that the A's had some talent, but few were ready for Oakland to take their game to the
next level this quickly.The talk of Major League Baseball in the first half of the season, the Oakland Athletics have been
firing on all cylinders, showing an ability to win every way conceivable. With one of the most balanced squads in the league
and a team bursting with young stars on the rise, the A's are looking like a real threat to do a lot more than just make the
playoffs, giving fans plenty of optimism heading into the second half.
One of the biggest reasons for the A's success,
of course, has been Scott Kazmir, the southpaw who began his career as a highly touted prospect before fading a bit into obscurity
in recent seasons. But this year with the A's, Kazmir has found his stride in a big way, winning nine of his first 12 decisions
with an ERA well under 3.00 to make him one of the top starters in the American League this season. Jesse Chavez, Sonny Gray
and Tommy Milone have also been a major factor as well, leading the A's to lead the league in just about every major pitching
Offensively, the A's have plenty of talent as well, with Josh Donaldson and Brandon Moss both showing how
much potential they have in the heart of the lineup. Both Donaldson and Moss are among the A.L. leaders in many different
categories, providing a one-two punch that has tormented pitching staffs around the league. You don't want to forget about
Yoenis Cespedes either, as the budding young superstar provides the trifecta in what is probably the best stretch of three
batters in the entire league. Put it all together and the A's have launched themselves out to a sizable lead in the A.L. West
and head into the second half of the season looking like the team to beat.
Athletics Update – Week of June
They may not have the payroll or established stars as some of the other teams in the league, but the Athletics just
keep winning baseball games, once again establishing themselves as the gold standard in the American League West despite plenty
of other star-studded rosters. At the start of June, the A's held the best record in the entire American League and had the
only record above.600 in the A.L., making them the clear favorite to win the division in the early going this season. With
their balanced approach and plenty of different contributors, the A's are flashing the type of consistency that all the other
teams in the league stride for on a regular basis.
Helping in a big way, of course, is having the highest scoring offense
in all of Major League Baseball. The A's are getting on base more than another other club in the league as well and have continually
made it difficult on opposing pitchers throughout the course of the season. Leading the team has Josh Donaldson, who has emerged
as one of the top power hitters in the league and started the month of June in the top four in both homers and RBIs in the
American League. Donaldson also leads the league in WAR (Wins Above Replacement), another key metric that showcases how valuable
a player truly is to the team.
Pitching wise, Scott Kazmir is having a great start to the season for the A's, going
6-2 with a team-best 2.36 ERA through his first 11 starts of the season. Add in the very strong performance of Sonny Gray,
Drew Pomeranz and Jesse Chavez and it's easy to see that this is a team that is going to be very tough to beat in the A.L.
West throughout the rest of the season. With their eyes on the top of the division again, the A's continue to be one of the
most complete teams in the league and are already generating some major postseason buzz.
Athletics Update –
Week of May 2nd
As one of only three teams to win at least 64% of their games in April, the A's head into May with
plenty of confidence and a major hop in their step, which is what tends to happen when you rush out to a division lead and
win 18 of your first 28 games to start the regular season. The A's have shown that they have a very solid organization that
isn't based upon only a few superstars, as they have one of the most complete teams in the league and have shown they can
win in plenty of different ways. So far that has translated into two series wins against the Mariners as well as series wins
against the Twins, the Angels, the Astros and the Rangers, giving them a three-game lead to start May.
A big part of
why they have been on the winning side a lot more often than the losing side has been their lineup, which ranks in the top
five in runs, on-base percentage and slugging – a formula for success every time. Josh Donaldson has lived up to the
hype, belting seven homers and driving in 23 runs in April and leading the team in both categories. Jed Lowrie also is leading
in a couple of major categories for the A's, including batting average (.286) and on-base percentage (.423). Overall, seven
different A's tallied at least 10 RBIs in April, with Donaldson and Brandon Moss both compiling more than 20.
mound, the A's have also had some very good pitching, as they rank in the top two in the entire league in ERA, WHIP, opposing
batting average and quality starts. Sonny Gray has been a bright spot by posting a 4-1 record to go along with a 1.76 ERA
in his first six starts and Scott Kazmir has been terrific as well, winning all four of his decisions and holding a 2.11 ERA
at the start of May. Add that all together and the A's have too much talent to be held down, making them the early favorite
to pull down the A.L. West crown.
2014 Oakland Athletics Schedule
With another talented roster absolutely
filled to the brim with playmakers who can do a little bit of everything, the A's are eyeing the top of the standings in another
season that is sure to be absolutely filled to the brim with twists, turns and nail-biting moments. The A's had a fantastic
season in 2013, winning the division crown and showing one again that teams don't necessarily need a large payroll to produce
wins on the baseball diamond. The A's have high hopes for the 2014 season and are looking to make it all the way to the World
Series, though they'll have to once again prove themselves to their N.L. West competitors. If it's been a while since you've
been out to see the A's, the schedule has plenty of different opportunities, from home battles against division rivals to
highly anticipated matchups against interleague foes that they A's don't' normally get to play.
The A's may have won
the division last season, but the Texas were not far behind in the standings come season's end. The Rangers have a balanced
team filled with quality pitchers and a potent lineup that can score a lot of runs. Head-to-head matchups with the Rangers
will all be huge contest for the A's this season, and the team will need Oakland fans to show up to the stadium in a big way
for these contests.
The Los Angeles Angels might have had a down year in 2013, but the Athletics know that this club
has serious rebound potential in 2014. Los Angeles finished third in the American League West last season, but they've got
a much more talented team than that result would reflect. The A's know that they're going to have their hands full when the
Angels come to town, and they're sure to lay it all out on the field in an effort to emerge victorious from these contests.
Fans always show up to the stadium in big numbers when the Angels are in town, and for good reason, because these games are
always thrilling. But just don't make the mistake of thinking that O.co Coliseum is the only place to catch the A's, as seeing
them on the road can be every bit as exhilarating.
Oakland Athletics Team Info
The Oakland Athletics play
in the American League West division of Major League Baseball, a division that also features the Texas Rangers, Los Angeles
Angels, Seattle Mariners and Houston Astros. The Athletics were able to win the American League West title last season and
are looking to do so yet again in 2014. This team is just that, a team, not a collection of big stars and individuals. The
Athletics are notorious for outplaying their expectations, and this season that could mean a trip all the way to the World
Series. The A's are looking to elevate their level of play to put themselves over the hump and become a true contender for
the American League pennant. Thanks to guys like Josh Donaldson, Yoenis Cespedes, Brandon Moss and more, the A's have some
big-time talent in the batter's box, though a rotation headed by Sonny Gray and Scott Kazmir give them plenty of balance as
they look to give their fans another memorable season of action.
The MLB Experience
Getting out the ballpark
to watch a Major League Baseball game unfold right before your eyes in the best way to do it. Watching the game from home
pales in comparison to being there in the stands for all the action. It's not just about a bunch of players displaying their
skills on the diamond, but also about the atmosphere at a MLB game. It's the roar of the crowd when the home team scores a
run, the crack of the bat before the baseball goes sailing into the seats, the energy in the ballpark that makes being there
such a special experience. Be a part of it this season by heading out to an Oakland Athletics game and you'll be reminded
why there is no substitution for being there watching the drama unfold before your very eyes.
The Oakland Athletics franchise was founded in 1901 as the Philadelphia Athletics. The organization moved to
Kansas City in 1955, then to Oakland in 1968. The Athletics have had some dominant teams over the years, especially in the
1980s and early 90s when the team was able to win three American League Pennants in a row from 1988 to 1990. The organization
has a total of nine World Series titles, with all-time greats like Rickey Henderson, Jose Canseco, Reggie Jackson, Mark McGwire
and more playing some of their best baseball in Oakland.
Oakland Athletics Trivia
Who holds the Athletics
franchise record for the most home runs in a single season?
While many people might assume that the answer is former
A's slugger Mark McGwire, the answer is actually Jimmie Foxx, who belted 58 homers in 1932. Long before Big Mac stepped into
a batter's box, Jimmie Foxx was establishing himself as one of the very best power hitters in the game, which he did by putting
together some of the most impressive power seasons this side of Babe Ruth.
Major League Baseball
is one of the best sports leagues in the world, and they have the fans to match. These fans are about as dedicated to the
game as fans can get, and you can see that for yourself when you head out to the ballpark this season to catch an Oakland
A's game. A's fans can be found at each and every home game this team plays, cheering on the A's in the hopes of seeing a
victory. But even though O.co Coliseum games are an absolute must, it's also a good idea to head out and see your favorite
team on the road, as you'll get an entirely new perspective and you might even end up kicking yourself for not heading out
to an away game a whole lot sooner. Put down the remote and get out to the stands and you'll see why it still doesn't get
any better than America's Pastime.