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Doolittle and Madson traded from A's to Nationals
If you know me and read this blog then you are likely an A’s fan already know the latest Oakland Athletics’ news from the weekend. On Sunday night the Oakland Athletics traded two relievers to the Washington Nationals: fan-favorite Sean Doolittle along with Ryan Madson. Yes, the news is sad. Everyone loved both Doolittle and his girlfriend Eireann Dolan. They are warm, welcoming, friendly people who have given back to not only the Oakland Athletics’ fan community and the entire Bay Area but also to people around the world, hosting Syrian refugees to their first Thanksgiving dinner in 2015. Doo […]

Doolittle and Madson acquired by Nats to boost bullpen, my ...

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 ...

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Update: 6/22/16:  As of Tuesday night’s game in which the Athletics defeated the Brewers by the score of 5-3, Ryan Dull extended his streak of keeping inherited base runners from scoring to 30. He’s been quite impressive thus far in 2016. I think the title to this piece fits him quite well! Congrats Mr. Dull! 30 inherited runners and not one has scored …. that’s a nice streak! Keep it up! Original Text: Ryan Dull has become indispensable to the A’s bullpen Even after beginning his big league career throwing 11 scoreless innings in 2015, there were many, as recently […]

Ryan Dull: the guy you wish your team had in ...

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Athletics morale high after series win over Rays Morale on the Oakland Athletics’ plane on the way home from their long East Coast road trip was likely higher than it’s been all season after the dramatic way they won their series over the Tampa Bay Rays. Teams have taken a win and run with it before. Winning usually leads to more winning, while a poor team morale often seems to perpetuate the cycle of losing. The A’s have a chance to make this last win work for them. They did win in dramatic fashion, ending their long East Coast road […]

Athletics morale is high but there’s still work to do

Offseason Pitching Acquisitions Saturday we took a look at and graded the position players the Oakland Athletics picked up over the offseason in Yonder Alonso, Jed Lowrie, Khris Davis and Chris Coghlan. Now it’s time to look at the pitchers the A’s added during the offseason. After a disastrous 2015 season in which the club finished at 68-94, its worst record since 1997, the Athletics did a complete overhaul of their bullpen. The only two pitchers who remained in the bullpen were Sean Doolittle and Fernando Rodriguez. Oakland also decided to keep one September call-up in rookie Ryan Dull. They kept […]

Grading the A’s offseason acquisitions: Pitchers

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Yes, the A’s should be worried about Sean Doolittle Sean Doolittle has allowed just 16 home runs in his entire career dating back to 2012, when he was starting out as a member of the Oakland A’s bullpen in 2012. He allowed just three in 2012 and four in 2013. In early 2014 Doolittle signed a five-year contract extension (with two team options) and was named the team’s closer in late May, replacing a struggling Jim Johnson. He allowed a career-high five home runs that season but he also became the first player in the modern era to reach 45 […]

Should the A’s be worried about Doolittle?

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A’s new bullpen shows they can hold down the fort, going 6.1 scoreless innings in season opener The Oakland Athletics continued an unfortunate trend in Monday night’s opener, one that had plagued them all last season. They lost by a single run. There were, however, quite a few differences than the one-run losses they suffered all of last season. The main difference? The A’s bullpen. Monday night, despite the A’s loss, the bullpen was a joy to behold for anyone who had seen the mess that it had been in 2015. It’s just one night and a small sample size […]

A’s take loss in opener but new bullpen looks like ...

Oakland A’s closer Sean Doolittle has not pitched in a spring training game since March 13. According to MLB.com’s Jane Lee, the reason he hasn’t pitched has been due to a slight triceps strain. While that doesn’t sound too bad and barring any setbacks Doolittle is still slated for the closing duties on Opening Day at O.Co Coliseum against the Chicago White Sox, losing Doolittle for any period of time could spell disaster for the entire A’s pitching staff. At least last season it did. In 2015, Doolittle began the season on the disabled list recovering from a partially torn […]

Would the A’s 2016 bullpen be able to hold up ...

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Vogt and Hahn are important part of 2016 for Athletics Two players who the A’s need to make an impact in 2016, both proved that they could on Monday. The A’s are going to need both Stephen Vogt and Jesse Hahn to stay healthy and productive in both the first and second half of the 2016 season in order to compete in the American League West, something the Athletics believe is a strong possibility. All-Star catcher Vogt, who is recovering from a sub-par second half and an offseason elbow surgery, homered twice for the Oakland Athletics in their 6-4 split-squad win […]

Vogt and Hahn both need strong season for A’s to ...

New-look A’s bullpen built around, not to replace, Sean Doolittle In a recent article “13 log jams and possible solutions” MLB.com writer Phil Rogers tells us that the Oakland Athletics bullpen is over crowded with the recent additions of John Axford and Ryan Madson, who were both signed to multi-year deals with the club. His solution? Trading closer Sean Doolittle. It’s extremely unlikely that trading Doolittle is even a remote possibility, although you never really know with vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane and his “understudy” GM David Forst at the helm of the team. Even still, the idea […]

Would the A’s actually trade Sean Doolittle?

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Three keys to A’s success in ’16 Looking at last season, in which the Oakland Athletics finished the season 68-94, you wouldn’t be too hopeful that the A’s could improve all that much in a year. You might think that some of their offseason signings were risky or be mad that they didn’t go out and get a power bat. It makes sense to feel that way, but if just a few players can turn it around, a few can keep improving and some of the A’s additions fit in with the group – the A’s do have a chance […]

How can the A’s find success in ’16?

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A’s taking necessary risks to compete in 2016 The Oakland A’s have made quite a few moves this offseason, but in comparison to last season, this year has been an easy one on executive vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane and general manager David Forst. They knew where their biggest holes were and they’ve filled them both through trades and free agent signings. Some of those signings, however, have people scratching their heads and wondering if the A’s executives have made the right decisions. They’ve signed two pitchers, reliever Ryan Madson and starter Rich Hill, both of whom are 35 […]

A’s taking necessary risks to compete in 2016