Pitcher Profile: The Jesse Chavez Experience

More terrible relievers turning into dominant starters, mo problems! So it’s been an up-and-down start to this young season – pretty much all of my sleepers except maybe Corey Kluber (who I still like a lot) are doing great, Nathan Eovaldi still looks pretty good and I remain bullish on him, but Tyson Ross who I bailed on turned in a gem on Saturday. Then to my rankings, where...
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11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Chavez stays sharp as A's sweep Astros, 4-1

Jesse Chavez, pitcher of the century? That's a bit of hyperbole for a 30-year-old right-hander who had made all of two career starts before this season. But by limiting the Astros to one earned run in six innings in the A's 4-1 win at the Coliseum on Sunday afternoon, Chavez accomplished something that no Athletics pitcher has done since at least 1914. He was on the roster...
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19 hours ago  |  Discuss

A’s Sweep Astros, Chavez Sets Team Record

The A’s completed a three-game sweep against the Astros Sunday afternoon to improve their record on the season to an AL-best 13-5, tying their best start since 1990. A first inning two-run home run off the bat of Josh Donaldson would be all the run support that the A’s would need as Jesse Chavez recorded his first win of the young season in a 4-1 final. Despite coming into Sunday...
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Who else should the Oakland A’s sign to a long-term contract?

This past week, the Oakland A’s signed left-handed reliever Sean Doolittle to a five year contract. After switching from a first baseman to a pitcher in 2011, Doolittle has become one of the most reliable and consistent relievers in the Athletics’ bullpen. The A’s rarely sign players to lengthy contracts, but, with such a young team, it would be a good idea to lock up some...
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A’s sign Doolittle to five-year extension

The Oakland A’s made a flurry of moves during the offseason, but GM Billy Beane wasn’t finished just because the regular season started.  The A’s have signed relief pitcher Sean Doolittle through the 2018 season with club-options in 2019 and 2020, per CSN Bay Area.  Financial terms are not available at this time. It was quite a ride for Doolittle to make it to the majors...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Gears up for Texas Showdown in April

After setting the tone with an initial victory against the Houston Astros, the Oakland Athletics are preparing to finish out April against former Republic of Texas with daily games against both the Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers. Spanning from the 18th until the end of the month the Athletics will be engaged in an MLB duel with both teams. There will be no break in the action...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Athletics News: Oakland extends Sean Doolittle

The Oakland Athletics have agreed to a five-year contract extension with left-hander Sean Doolittle, according to the team's official Twitter page.The #Athletics agree to terms with Sean Doolittle on a new 5-year contract. Contract runs through ’18, includes club options for ’19, ’20.— Oakland Athletics (@Athletics) April 18, 2014  Money has not been disclosed yet,...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland gives Sean Doolittle five-year extension

Most teams don’t sign relievers to five-year extensions. The Oakland A’s are not most teams. While their closer situation is still in flux, the A’s are locking up one of the relievers looking to replace Jim Johnson in the 9th inning. Oakland inked lefty Sean Doolittle to an extension through the 2018 season Friday that includes team options for 2019 and 2020. Since the deal...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Sonny Gray benefits from Oakland A's seven-run first inning against Astros

The A's locked up reliever Sean Doolittle with a contract extension Friday afternoon, just hours before prized prospect Sonny Gray showed once again that he also has the makings of a franchise cornerstone. Gray kept the Houston Astros in check for six innings and cruised to his third victory without a loss this season, in large part because of a seven-run outburst in the first...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Fresno Grizzlies v. Sacramento River Cats Post-Game Analysis

On a crisp Thursday night (April 17th, 2014) in Sacramento, CA, a couple of buddies and I went to the Fresno Grizzlies (San Francisco Giants Triple-A affiliate) v. Sacramento River Cats (Oakland A’s Triple-A affiliate) game.  I went as a spectator, trying just to enjoy the outing and not process and watch the game as if I was there to evaluate any prospects.  However, I couldn’t...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Top Six MLB Teams That Have Surprised In 2014

For every MLB season, despite our ever-thoughtful preseason predictions, there are bound to be surprises that occur which shock fans as to how teams perform. Granted, it’s only three weeks into the season, but here’s a look at some teams who are off to some pretty astounding starts, both good and bad. Honourable mentions go to the New York Yankees, 10-6, 1st in AL East; Minnesota...
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Photo: Yoenis Céspedes’ Glove Is A Ridiculous Shade Of Neon Green

Oakland Athletics outfielder Yoenis Céspedes is more known for his bat than his glove. The 28 year old Cuban slugger won last year’s Home Run Derby. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t value a good glove, especially when that glove looks like something that the Green Lantern would wear. Céspedes can quite literally “flash the leather” with this thing.  Check out @ynscspds‘...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s: Josh Reddick’s perpetual slump

Josh Reddick To say that Oakland A’s right fielder Josh Reddick is off to a bad start this season would be an understatement. With a .098 AVG and a 33% strikeout percentage, he has the second lowest batting average in the major leagues. This is quite a surprise for A’s fans and critics after Reddick had such a great spring. Reddick had a .333 batting average during spring training...
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Melvin not ready to give closer job back to Johnson

Jim Johnson came up big for the A’s in Tuesday’s victory, but Oakland’s closer situation remains a day-to-day proposition. Manager Bob Melvin wasn’t ready to re-anoint Johnson as his ninth-inning man before Wednesday’s road trip finale against the Angels. It was unclear before the game if Johnson would even be available after throwing two innings and getting the victory...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Athletics' Coco Crisp has hamstring tightness

Oakland Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp has experienced a good start in 2014 when he's on the field, but various injuries have been preventing him from getting into any kind of groove. He returned to action on April 11 after missing three games with a wrist injury, but is now dealing with hamstring tightness.         Earl Bloom of reported that Craig Gentry...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

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