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Stadium: O.co Coliseum | Manager: Bob Melvin
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Far too many people are forgetting that Jason Hammel was pretty bad last season and previous to this season was really only overly impressive for one half (2012 with Orioles). Don't get me wrong, he's having a good season and obviously Jeff Samardzija was the centerpiece of the trade, but I read a few places that said the A's acquired "two frontline starters." That's way too much. He's an upgrade over Brad Mills, obviously, but don't say "frontline."
Yes, still the top dog. After more than half the season in the books, we need more than a pair of losses to a great team to change that.
You know whose story I'm looking forward to covering at the All-Star Game? Scott Kazmir's. And, yes, I'm saying that specifically right now for effect. Tuesday night's disastrous outing doesn't change the fact he has been an All-Star this season.
I'm not going to worry yet, but Sonny Gray has a 5.63 ERA in his past four starts.
Josh Donaldson and Brandon Moss are on pace to easily exceed 30 homers and 100 RBI apiece.
They have scored the most runs (301) and allowed the fewest runs (183) in baseball this year. I feel like not enough people are talking about that.
I love seeing Josh Donaldson atop the third base group in AL All-Star voting. Great job, fans.
They don't just beat teams, they humiliate them. We don't often see that in baseball these days.
Since moving from the bullpen to the rotation, Drew Pomeranz has thrown 10 shutout innings in two starts with 13 strikeouts. In 30 career starts for the Rockies, Pomeranz was 4-14 with a 5.40 ERA. A's magic, man.
Few relievers mix in epic meltdowns with weeks in between making you think it won't happen that often moving forward like Jim Johnson does. A's fans, ask Orioles fans about this. They'll tell you.
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2014 Team Leaders
AVGCoco Crisp , CF.291
HRJosh Donaldson , 3B20
RBIJosh Donaldson , 3B65
OBPCoco Crisp , CF.387
SLGBrandon Moss , 1B.524
RJosh Donaldson , 3B60
SBCoco Crisp , CF16
WScott Kazmir , SP11
ERAScott Kazmir , SP2.38
WHIPScott Kazmir , SP0.98
KJeff Samardzija , SP108
SVSean Doolittle , RP13
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