Kendall Graveman

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People say “Moneyball” is dead. People say it worked once. Maybe that is true, but Billy Beane is not dead, nor is he done doing what he can to build Oakland a winning team. While those years of winning teams may still be a couple of seasons away, he’s been planning for them for sometime. Has he had to make some very — no, extremely — unpopular decisions in recent years? Sure he has. The biggest one is probably his decision to dismantle the core of the team after their second-half collapse in 2014. Most controversial was the trade of the […]

Billy Beane’s had a plan for the Athletics and it’s ...

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Just over a week ago, Oakland Athletics pitcher Kendall Graveman threw a “Maddux,” just days after having spoken with the Hall of Fame pitcher and childhood idol Greg Maddux. Throwing a “Maddux” is a termed coined by blogger Jason Lukehart back in 2012, actually he coined it in 1998 but it wasn’t a commonly used term until 2012. He named the “Maddux” after coming across a box score in which Maddux used fewer than 100 pitches to throw a complete game shutout. So it was kind of big news in the baseball world when Graveman, who’s had his ups and […]

Kendall Graveman looks like a new man on the mound

Andrew Triggs, September
Twenty-seven-year-old Andrew Triggs made his fourth big league start for the Oakland Athletics on Monday. It was his third straight start since being called up from the A’s Triple-A affiliate Nashville Sounds on August 5, which was his eighth time moving between the team’s big league club and the minors. Technically, that’s an Oakland franchise record for most stints in one season. It hasn’t bothered Triggs too much, being that he hails from Nashville. While having a home in Nashville hasn’t made all the changes easy, it’s made having such a transient life a bit simpler. Whether he’s moving between Nashville […]

Andrew Triggs is proving he’s a better starter than reliever ...

Zach Neal
Zach Neal made, what has so far been, the most important start of his seven year professional career on Monday. It wasn’t a playoff start or an all-star game start, it wasn’t even his first start in the big leagues and it definitely wasn’t a start for a 2016 contender. This start may change the course of his career, if the Oakland A’s decide to give him another start this season. After Monday’s night’s performance against an extremely potent and highly charged AL East leading Baltimore Orioles’ lineup, he’s earned one. Well, the Orioles were tied atop the AL East […]

A’s should give Zach Neal a real shot at starting

Ryon Healy, 2017 lineup
Twenty-four-year-old Ryon Healy has had what he’ll always remember as the best week of his life. Well it was a week and two days, it was ten baseball games and it was one heck of a week for a rookie. Healy has been a spark for the Athletics who have struggled all season. Now they have won seven of their last ten games since the all-star break and Healy has played in each one of those games. He even played a huge part in two of their last three games, both walk-off wins for the A’s. On Saturday, the A’s […]

Ryon Healy’s providing the spark A’s need

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Four months ago, prior to the start of the regular season I wrote about Athletics starter Kendall Graveman being poised to have a breakout season in 2016. As it turned out, that prediction did not pan out in the season’s first half.  However, Graveman has suddenly started to turn things around. Might he be at the beginning of a breakout second half of 2016? Based on his most recent performances, it appears that a breakout for Graveman may already be in the works. In his first ten starts, Graveman recorded just two wins, two no-decisions and six losses. His last loss, however, […]

Is Kendall Graveman beginning to breakout in the second half?

Ryan Dull
On Saturday Oakland A’s reliever Ryan Dull saw his streak of not allowing an inherited runner to score end at a record setting 36 runners.  Starter Kendall Graveman had pitched eight beautiful innings but found himself in a bit of trouble in the bottom of the ninth Saturday, when he allowed back to back singles to the Houston Astros’ Jake Marisnick and Marwin Gonzalez. He was relieved by Dull, obviously a pitcher used to entering the game to help other pitchers out of their jams. Jose Altuve then grounded out to Tyler Ladendorf who tossed the ball to second baseman […]

Ryan Dull sees streak end, but A’s defeat Astros 3-2

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Today marks the most annoying time of year in the Bay Area: The Battle of the Bay begins Today marks the beginning of the “Battle of the Bay” regular season contests between the Oakland Athletics and the San Francisco Giants. They are always intense games, more so for the fans than the players.  Both teams have passionate fan bases (although one team’s fans are much more knowledgeable than the others) and the cross-bay rivalry always gets heated.  It’s been a battle since the original “Battle of the Bay” World Series in 1989. The Athletics swept the Giants in four games.  […]

Battle of the Bay Preview: 2016

Billy Burns
Friday night Kendall Graveman put up his best start of the year, holding the Angels to just three hits while striking out four through seven innings. He worked efficiently, getting ahead in the count and threw just 91 pitches.  It was by far his longest outing and best of the year. The 25-year-old right-hander is no stranger to inconsistency. In 2015, for example he was optioned back to Triple-A in early May and returned on May 23 to pitch in nine straight starts without allowing more than three runs. Then he suffered an injury and the A’s, who were in […]

Graveman cruises and Burns walks it off for A’s over ...

Daniel Mengden
Daniel Mengden’s MLB debut was even better than expected Whether you were a fan of the Cincinnati Reds or the Oakland Athletics watching Saturday’s game, you may have felt as though you’d somehow time-traveled back to the year 1972. The year the Athletics defeated the Reds in the World Series – a series often referred to as “the Hairs vs. the Squares.” The A’s were known then for their facial hair, bright unconventional green and gold color scheme, white cleats and lively personalities. Of course that wasn’t the case but you’d hardly have known it as rookie Daniel Mengden took […]

Mengden reminds of former A’s, provides hope for the future

starting rotation
 Oakland’s starting rotation is falling apart Going into spring training, the Oakland Athletics were planning on having a young, healthy and promising starting rotation. Sonny Gray, Jesse Hahn, Kendall Graveman, Chris Bassitt and Rich Hill were supposed to lead the way, likely in that very order. The team was even supposed to have plenty of pitching depth, with Felix Doubront being able to pitch as both a long reliever and a starter, and Jarrod Parker and Henderson Alvarez working their way back from injury. Before the season even got started, Parker ended up needing his third and likely career-ending Tommy […]

Oakland’s rotation is starting to crumble, Can it be fixed?

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In a perfect world what would your team’s starting rotation look like?* *(no trades, just using the players you have) Find out what I’ve envisioned for my Oakland Athletics:  What if everything went as planned for your team’s starting rotation? What if that one highly-touted prospect worked out, your ace was spot on and no one suffered an injury? Of course, especially in baseball, failures are inevitable. Someone will likely get hurt or a prospect won’t pan out. It’s a sport where succeeding one-third of the time makes you a superstar. Let’s just say that this year, with their top […]

In a perfect world what would your team’s starting rotation ...