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A’s may have the chance to fix the mistake they made with Bartolo Colon There are rumors. That’s all they are however, rumors. The rumors are about everyone’s favorite pitcher. Back on May 8th of this year I wrote about this pitcher and the cult following he’s developed. It’s only developed recently, even though he’s played 19 seasons in the big leagues. Of course I am talking about Bartolo Colon. Colon began developing a following during the 2013 season while playing in Oakland. At the age of 40 he put up numbers that were as good or better than the year […]

A’s need to right mistake they made in ’13 & ...

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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

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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 ...

It’s pretty obvious simply looking at the list of eight pitchers who have started for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2016 that quite a few things weren’t quite right. While some teams have used more than eight starting pitchers this season, it’s still a number most clubs would rather not have to see. Moreover, every single pitcher that has started for the Brewers in 2016 has been a right-hander. While it’s not too common to hear of lefty-heavy starting rotations which usually indicates that three to possibly four of the starters being left-handed, it’s a bit more rare to find a […]

Issues with the Brewers starting pitching and where they may ...

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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 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 ...

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Will the A’s keep Surkamp or bring up Hahn or Manaea? Depending on how left-hander Eric Surkamp does Tuesday night against the New York Yankees and right-hander Michael Pineda, Oakland A’s fans may be seeing the team’s number two prospect lefty Sean Manaea or perhaps,  the more experienced, right-hander Jesse Hahn in the very near future. That’s not to say that Surkamp has pitched poorly for Oakland. He went seven scoreless innings against the San Francisco Giants in an exhibition game, pitching his way into the starting rotation in the wake of Felix Doubront’s injury and subsequent Tommy John surgery. […]

Surkamp’s performance could determine fate of Hahn and Manaea

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James Paxton needs to prove he can stay healthy if he wants to stay with Seattle With the beginning of each new season, there are players whose names are on the block. Maybe they were superstars who are now in decline, perhaps they’ve got potential to be great but are looked at as injury prone or maybe they’re a young phenom that just hasn’t quite lived up to the hype. Teams are still taking a chance on them though because what if things finally come together (or back together) for them this season? If everything were to finally fall into […]

AL West series: Make it or Break it Seasons: James ...

Is Gallardo the right choice for Houston? It’s no secret that the Houston Astros have an interest in right-handed starter Yovani Gallardo, the best free agent pitcher left on the market. They need to add some depth and stability to their starting pitching staff. Gallardo could provide the stability that they crave to be able to go deeper into the postseason. With their bullpen now shored up by the addition of potential closer Ken Giles, who was acquired in a trade with the Philadelphia Phillies back in December, and the team’s very potent offense, the only real improvement the Astros could […]

Gallardo perfect fit for Astros but may come at high ...

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Can it be? The Astros are short on starting pitching Yes, it’s true the Houston Astros starting rotation contains the reigning Cy Young Award winner in 28-year-old left-hander Dallas Keuchel. The rest of their rotation pitched well in 2015 too, however, the question is do they have enough pitching depth to handle an injury or to replace a pitcher who is having a poor season? Will they have what it takes to get to the World Series with their current rotation? After Keuchel, comes an entire rotation of right-handers. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing but the team won’t have […]

Astros must add depth to starting pitching rotation

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The Los Angeles Angels are likely currently praying that they can stop their 6-16 game skid tonight against the Kansas City Royals or at the very least, when they begin a four-game series against the 55-60 Chicago White Sox on Monday night. They currently sit three games, three and a half should they lose tonight, behind the Houston Astros in the American League West. The Rangers are creeping up on them in the West sitting only a game (or potentially a half-game) behind them and the Angels are clinging to a Wild Card spot tied, just above the Rangers and […]

Angels demote Matt Shoemaker, now what?