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A’s Schedule: Week Commencing 8 August 2022

Let’s not talk about the Bay Bridge Series. Instead, let’s focus on the week ahead and a bunch of games against AL West division rivals.

We start with three games at home against the LA Angels, with Wednesday’s game being an early start and available out-of-market for free on MLB.com.

109 games into the regular season and the LA Angels, unfortunately for them, have gone all “Angelsy” again. They are 46-63, so just five games better off than us despite spending $140m more on their payroll (which would be even funnier were it not for the obvious joy John Fisher will take from this fact). After the A’s went a scarcely believable 5-21 in June, the Angels cratered almost as badly in July by going 6-18.

All of which is to say that this is probably not a series that will be grabbing the attention of any neutrals, although I guess a Shohei Ohtani start (scheduled to pitch on Tuesday) is always an event of some kind. The probable starting pitching match-ups are as follows:

  • Gm1. Cole Irvin – José Suarez
  • Gm2. James Kaprielian – Shohei Ohtani
  • Gm3. Paul Blackburn – Patrick Sandoval.

After that, it’s off to Texas for games against the Astros and then the Rangers.

Somehow we have managed to split the 12 games we’ve played so far against the Astros, so you know they will be desperate to put that right; however the A’s have had their number of late and maybe we can keep that run going a little bit longer.

Probable pitchers are as follows:

  • Gm1. Adam Oller – Lance McCullers Jr.
  • Gm2. Adrián Martínez – Luis Garcia
  • Gm3. Cole Irvin – Cristian Javier

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New Week, New Challenges, New Podcast

All things considered, a 5-4 win-loss record from last week was about par.

The A’s were on a horrendous slide having lost nine games in a row, so to recover from that by winning four of five against Detroit was very important for morale.

The Angels were always going to be a very different proposition to the toothless Tigers, especially playing them four times in three days. A 2-2 split would have been a good return, so whilst losing three of four was disappointing, it all added up to a steady week to build on.

The schedule gets no easier, with three home games against the Minnesota Twins (who swept us in a three-game series just over a week ago) and three more against the Angels.

I reviewed last week’s action, and previewed the upcoming Twins series, in a YouTube live-stream yesterday evening. You can find that here, including a few button-pushing production mishaps along the way!

A slightly more polished version has been published as a podcast. You can find that on all the usual podcast places or direct here: https://www.buzzsprout.com/865651/10621796

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Can we turn it around?

Nine games in seven days; that’s what is in store for the Oakland A’s this week.

Normally I would be of the opinion that there’s no such thing as too much A’s baseball; however considering we come into this week on a nine-game losing streak it’s fair to say we’re going to be up against it.

This run of games is either going to be great news for us, giving us no chance to dwell on losses and get straight back at it, or could be a nightmare!

The Tigers series has an odd look to it with a double-header on Tuesday. It will be even stranger in practice as the first-half is a make-up of one of the games that was postponed from what should have been the first week of the season. Consequently, although the game will be at Comerica Park, the A’s technically will be the home team and therefore bat in the bottom half of the innings.

Latest YouTube Video

In our latest YouTube video, I review what was a poor series in Minnesota against the Twins and then look ahead to the games coming up this week.

Roster news

The A’s have made a roster move in the past couple of hours, calling up outfielder Luis Barrera and designating Billy McKinney for assignment.

The latter was worth a shot as an inexpensive off-season pick-up who would bring some MLB experience to the team, but he’s struggled so badly at the plate (only 5 hits in total from 57 plate appearances) that it was difficult to justify him taking up a spot on the 40-man roster, let alone the active 26-man roster.

It’s probable that McKinney will accept the assignment and join the Las Vegas Aviators in Triple-A as it seems unlikely another team would take him right now. He’ll know that if he can get his swing going in Vegas there’s a decent possibility that he could get some more playing time with the A’s later in the season, so sticking in the organisation may be his best option.

McKinney only needs to look at the man who has replaced him to understand how quickly things can turn around.

Luis Barrera was somewhat surprisingly DFA’d back on 11 April to clear a 40-man roster spot. He wasn’t claimed by another team, so he accepted the assignment to return to the Aviators and has hit .286 with three home runs in 23 games.

Given the offensive struggles the A’s have had over the past couple of weeks, there’s a roster place for him to grab hold off if he can show some promise. He’s getting an immediate chance to do just that as he’s been named in the A’s starting line-up for tonight’s game against the Detroit Tigers.

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A’s Schedule This Week: 26th July

In last week’s look at the schedule I stated that the four-game series against the Seattle Mariners would be an important measure of whether they would be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline.

Unfortunately, it looks like they will now be buyers after winning 3 of 4 and closing the gap to the A’s to just 1.5 games. With Houston now 5.5 games ahead of us at the top of the AL West as well, there’s no doubt that we need the team to start getting back on track quickly.

However, that’s not going to be easy with a week on the road.

San Diego (A)

Season series so far: Yet to play.

Gm1. James Kaprielian – Chris Paddack
Gm2. Sean Manaea – Blake Snell.

You really cannot knock the Padres. They’ve worked hard over the past five years to build up an enviable crop of young talent in one of the best farm systems among MLB teams.

That’s allowed them to promote great talent, not least Fernando Tatis Jr., but has also meant that they have had plenty of trade chips to help them add established quality players as and when needed. We saw yet another example of that yesterday when they swung a deal with the Pirates to acquire Adam Frazier.

Add on the fact that they have also spent big on free agent talent and you’ve got an exciting ballclub that is drawing huge crowds to Petco Park. Imagine that: investing in a great team means that lots more people are prepared to pay to come and watch them.

Don’t worry John Fisher, I’m sure that idea will never catch on.

Anyway, the Padres are a tough team to face, but maybe that will bring out the best in BoMel’s boys? They should be two good games, particularly the one on Wednesday that’s available on UK TV and free online via MLB.com. It’s a 9.10pm start here, with a very enticing pitching match-up between Manaea and Snell.

LA Angels (A)

Season series so far: A’s lead 9-3.

Gm1. Frankie Montas – Alex Cobb
Gm2. Chris Bassitt – Patrick Sandoval
Gm3. Cole Irvin – Jaime Barria
Gm4. James Kaprielian – Shohei Ohtani

We’ve had a good time against the Angels so far this season and we need to keep that trend going this coming weekend.

The games on Saturday and Sunday are early contests, so perfect evening-time viewing here in the UK. It’s scheduled to be a Shohei Sunday as well with the Japanese star due to be on the mound. Cole Irvin got the better of him last time out and hopefully James Kaprielian can do the same.

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A’s Schedule This Week: 19th July

We have an unusual format to the week as the A’s and Angels have a little two-game series at the Coliseum to start things off. That means we have a rare Tuesday day-game and a rare off-day on Wednesday.

The good news is that BT Sport are showing both of the two day-games here in the UK, so they will be available to watch on TV if you don’t otherwise have an MLBTV subscription.

LA Angels (H)

Season record so far: 7-3.

Gm1. Cole Irvin – Shohei Ohtani
Gm2. James Kaprielian – José Suarez

We’ve done a good job of taking advantage of an up-and-down Angels team so far this season. Ohtani has very much been one of the ups for the Halos and is having an extraordinary season, although our record against him as a pitcher is better than my memory suggested. He got two wins against us in 2018, but has only faced us twice since then. The most recent came at the end of May when he had a decent start (6 IP, 3 ER) but was out-pitched by Sean Manaea as the A’s won 3-1.

Seattle Mariners (A)

Season record so far: 3-3.

Gm1. Sean Manaea – Chris Flexen
Gm2. Frankie Montas – Yusei Kikuchi
Gm3. Chris Bassitt – Logan Gilbert
Gm4. Cole Irvin – Marco Gonzales

It seems strange to be in mid-July and to only have played the Mariners six times. Of course, we’ll make up for it the rest of the way, including facing them seven times in our last 13 games.

They come into the week just over .500 and this four-game series, and their two games against Colorado to start the week, may have a strong bearing on whether the Mariners decide to buy or sell at the trade deadline (31st July).

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Saturday’s frustrating loss

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Game 4: Opening Series Win

Amidst the concerning Covid-19 outbreak news from the Miami Marlins camp, our A’s ensured we would have at least one series win in 2020 by shutting-out the Angels on Monday.

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Game 3: A’s ‘Sho’ up Ohtani

The pre-game hype was all about the Angels’ Shohei Ohtani making his first appearance on the mound since 2018. Those only tuning in to see the two-way Japanese star probably didn’t hang around for long.

Neither did the A’s hitters.

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Game 2: You can’t win them all

After the wondrous walk-off in Game One, Game Two against the Angels was full of frustration.

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Game 1: Worth The Wait

Oh boy, what a start to the season! A game full of ups and downs was ended with one swing of the bat by our golden first baseman Matt Olson.