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I don't think he will, but don't A's fans have to be terrified Billy Beane is going to trade Sonny Gray?
One of the best stories of the early season, the big Stephen Vogt breakthrough at the plate, has badly come crashing back to Earth.
They lead the AL in ERA and are fifth in runs. So why aren't they better? We've discussed this. You know, that pesky 8-22 record in one-run games.
I still feel like if they hang around in contention that GM Billy Beane is gonna do something wild like buy and sell at the trade deadline. Something like moving Ben Zobrist, Josh Reddick and Scott Kazmir while getting back major-leaguers to fill their spots.
Josh Donaldson is an MVP candidate, sure, but the A's got Kendall Graveman and Brett Lawrie back. Graveman since his return from the minors is 4-2 with a 2.01 ERA. Lawrie tore the cover off the ball in June, too.
They're 18-11 since their low-water mark of 16 games below .500 on May 22. Only the Blue Jays have a better record in the AL since then and that's by just one game. Go scream "last place" if you wish, but no one wants to see this team right now.
They are now 5-18 in one-run games and 14-7 in games decided by five or more runs, putting them -- by my scientific calculations -- on pace to be the weirdest team ever.
After getting real hot, they’ve cooled back off. The Billy Beane July firesale is looking like it's back on and it will be a fun one.
Jesse Chavez has worked 16 consecutive innings without allowing a run and overall has a 2.38 ERA in eight starts this season.
Even if they remain far out of contention, they'll be an exciting team to watch come July. There are several attractive veterans and we know Billy Beane isn't shy about trading. So we'll just be watching the news wire instead of the games.
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2015 Team Leaders
AVGBilly Burns , CF.303
HRStephen Vogt , C14
RBIJosh Reddick , RF58
OBPStephen Vogt , C.351
SLGJosh Reddick , RF.472
RBilly Burns , CF45
SBBilly Burns , CF21
WSonny Gray , SP11
ERASonny Gray , SP2.16
WHIPSonny Gray , SP0.97
KSonny Gray , SP124
SVDrew Pomeranz , RP1

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