Last Game
Sun, May 15
vs Los Angeles Angels (24-13)
  • Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
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Final
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AL West Standings

Team W-L L10 STRK
23-12 9-1 W1
24-13 7-3 W2
16-19 4-6 W1
14-19 5-5 W1
15-22 5-5 L2

2022 Pitching

STATS IP
Innings Pitched
W
Wins
L
Losses
ERA
Earned Run Average
SO
Strikeouts
BB
Base on Balls (Walk)
Regular Season 37.2 4 0 1.67 29 5

Top Paul Blackburn News

  • Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Top five in ERA

    Blackburn gave up one earned run on five hits and two walks while striking out three over 6.2 innings in Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Angels. He did not factor in the decision.

    Blackburn certainly pitched well enough to earn his fifth win of the season, but he didn't get the run support. It helped his cause that Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon began the contest on the bench. Blackburn now ranks fifth in the majors with a 1.67 ERA, behind Pablo Lopez, Nestor Cortes, Miles Mikolas and Justin Verlander.

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  • Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Improves to 4-0

    Blackburn (4-0) allowed four hits over 6.2 shutout innings, striking out three and earning a win over Detroit on Monday.

    Blackburn allowed just one extra-base hit and never faced much danger against the struggling Tigers. The 28-year-old righty has now allowed two or fewer runs in five of six starts to begin the season. His 6.2 innings and 88 pitches thrown Monday were both season highs. Blackburn will carry an impressive 1.74 ERA into his projected matchup at home against the Angels this weekend.

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  • Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Logs no-decision

    Blackburn didn't factor into the decision during Tuesday's 10-7 loss to Tampa Bay, allowing three runs on six hits and one walk with five strikeouts in 4.1 innings.

    Blackburn was staked to an early 5-1 lead but couldn't make it through the fifth inning and Oakland ended up blowing the sizable lead anyway. This was the 28-year-old's worst start in five turns, as he permitted highs in runs and baserunners in what was his shortest outing to date. He carries a 2.22 ERA and 0.95 WHIP into his next start, slated to come next week against Detroit.

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  • Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Keeps rolling Wednesday

    Blackburn (3-0) earned the win over San Francisco on Wednesday, tossing five scoreless innings during which he allowed three hits and one walk while striking out four.

    The left-hander's surprising season continued with his third win in four starts despite receiving very little offensive support and watching his defense commit two errors behind him. Blackburn induced 12 swinging strikes and allowed only one extra-base hit while finishing with his second scoreless outing of the campaign. Perhaps the only knock on his performance thus far is that he has yet to post a quality start, as Blackburn has gone exactly five innings in each of his four outings this season. Still, he has been one of the league's biggest surprises in 2022, as the 28-year-old entered the campaign with a career 6-11 record and 5.74 ERA. He'll look to keep the momentum going in his next scheduled start, which is tentatively slated to come at home against Tampa Bay on Tuesday.

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  • Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Allows one run in second win

    Blackburn (2-0) earned the win over Baltimore on Thursday, allowing one run and three hits while striking out four.

    Blackburn lowered his ERA to 1.80 thanks to the solid outing, although his second win was in jeopardy after an offensive surge from the Orioles in the seventh and eighth innings. It wouldn't be the first time his bullpen betrayed him, as they cost him a win after five solid innings in his last appearance on the mound against the Rays. After looking like more of a desperation option in Oakland's rotation, Blackburn has pitched well early in 2022 with a 14:1 K:BB and 1.39 FIP.

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  • Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Solid in no-decision Saturday

    Blackburn didn't factor into the decision in Saturday's 7-5 win over the Blue Jays, giving up two runs on five hits over five innings. He struck out three without walking a batter.

    The right-hander was in line for the win, exiting after 73 pitches (47 strikes) with a 5-2 lead, but the A's bullpen coughed up the lead before Cristian Pache socked a game-winning homer in the top of the ninth inning. Blackburn has looked good in his first two turns through the rotation, posting a 1.80 ERA and 10:1 K:BB through 10 innings, giving him plenty of momentum heading into his next outing.

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  • Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Whiffs seven in win

    Blackburn (1-0) earned the win over Tampa Bay on Monday, pitching five scoreless innings during which he allowed three runs and one walk while striking out seven.

    The fact that Blackburn -- who entered the contest with a career 5.74 ERA -- was the starting pitcher who ended Tampa's season-opening three-game winning streak is improbable in itself, and his effectiveness in doing so is equally surprising. The right-hander racked up a career-high seven strikeouts after posting a K/9 below 7.0 in each of his previous MLB seasons during which he played more than one game. Whether this performance indicates a late-20s turnaround for Blackburn or is merely an aberration remains to be seen, but it is an excellent beginning to the campaign for the hurler. He'll look to build off the performance in his next start, which is tentatively slated to come Saturday in Toronto.

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  • Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Starts season in rotation

    Blackburn is scheduled to make his first start of the season Monday in Tampa Bay.

    Blackburn will be included in the Athletics' season-opening rotation less on merit than by virtue of being one of the few available starting options on the 40-man roster with James Kaprielian (shoulder) and Brent Honeywell (elbow) on the injured list and Sean Manaea and Chris Bassitt having been traded away this spring. The 28-year-old Blackburn owns a 5.74 ERA and a minuscule 12.8 percent strikeout rate over 138 career big-league frames, and he didn't demonstrate any improvement in his 8.2 Cactus League innings this spring (9.35 ERA, 11.9 K%). Even with a two-start week on tap -- his second turn comes April 16 in Toronto -- Blackburn doesn't look like a usable fantasy option outside of AL-only leagues.

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  • Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Rocky spring thus far

    Blackburn has allowed four earned runs on nine hits and two walks while recording three strikeouts across 5.2 innings in two Cactus League appearances.

    Blackburn worked in relief in his Cactus League debut against the Angels back on March 18, and he drew the start versus Los Angeles on Monday and was able to log four frames in that outing. While he's given up a pair of earned runs in each trip to the mound thus far, Blackburn's ability to work multiple innings could allow him to stick on the Opening Day roster as a long reliever that can also serve as a spot starter in a rotation that could be in flux if the team decides to continue shedding payroll.

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  • Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Gives up six runs

    Blackburn (1-4) was tagged with the loss Saturday against Houston after allowing six runs on seven hits and a walk while fanning two across two innings.

    This wasn't a solid end of the season for the right-hander, who gave up a season-high six runs while also tossing his shortest outing of the campaign. Plus, the three home runs he gave up represents a season-high mark as well. Blackburn only made eight starts on the year but his numbers were not encouraging, as he ended the season with a 5.87 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP through 38.1 innings.

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  • Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Limits Houston to one run

    Blackburn got a no-decision in Sunday's 4-3 win over the Astros, allowing one run on three hits and one walk with one strikeout in five innings.

    Blackburn didn't permit a runner past second base until the fifth inning, when he surrendered his only run on three straight two-out singles. The outing was only Blackburn's second allowing fewer than two runs in eight starts since the beginning of August, and he's yet to go six innings in any appearance. He projects to take the hill a final time against Houston next weekend.

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  • Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Allows three earned runs in loss

    Blackburn (1-3) allowed four runs (three earned) on four hits and one walk while striking out five across four innings, taking the loss to the Mariners on Tuesday.

    Blackburn surrendered a three-run fourth inning that included a pair of triples, while it took him 83 pitches to get through four innings. The 27-year-old has a 5.17 ERA and 1.60 WHIP with 23 strikeouts in 31.1 innings this season, though he's done a good job in the walks department, giving up one or zero in five of his seven starts this season. His next start is scheduled for Sunday against the Astros.

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  • Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Bounces back against Royals

    Blackburn (1-2) earned the win against Kansas City on Thursday, allowing two runs on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts across five innings.

    Blackburn scuffled in his previous two outings, allowing four runs in each while failing to get through four innings in either of them. He also got off to an auspicious start Thursday, giving up a two-run homer to Salvador Perez in the first inning, but he held the Royals off the board the rest of the way. The 27-year-old Blackburn owns a 4.94 ERA through six starts, posting an underwhelming 18:7 K:BB across 27.1 innings. He'll face the Mariners at home next week.

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  • Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Can't capitalize on run support

    Blackburn pitched 2.2 innings against Texas on Friday, allowing four runs on six hits and one walk while striking out three. He did not factor in the decision.

    Oakland handed the right-hander a 6-1 lead after two innings, but Blackburn was unable to convert the offensive outburst into his first win since 2018. He was pulled after allowing the Rangers to get right back into the game with three runs in the third, giving up four hits in the frame. Blackburn enjoyed a strong three-start run in August during which he posted a 2.81 ERA, but he has since faltered, giving up eight runs over his past 6.1 innings. If he remains in the rotation, he'll likely face Kansas City on the road next week.

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  • Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Handed second loss

    Blackburn (0-2) allowed four runs on nine hits and struck out three in 3.2 innings, taking the loss versus Toronto on Saturday.

    On the bright side, he didn't walk a batter, but it didn't matter when he allowed Toronto to tee off for three home runs. Blackburn's outing Saturday was the shortest of his four starts this season. He's posted a 4.12 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 12:4 K:BB across 19.2 innings overall. The 27-year-old lines up for a more favorable start versus Texas in next weekend's three-game series.

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  • Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Submits five scoreless innings

    Blackburn got a no-decision in Sunday's 3-1 victory over the Yankees, allowing five hits and a walk with one strikeout in five innings.

    Blackburn was able to quiet New York's potent bats, working around a two-on, one-out jam in the first and sailing through the remaining four innings. It took Blackburn only 72 pitches to go five innings, and he was most likely pulled so he wouldn't face the lineup a third time through. The 27-year-old has delivered three solid outings since being recalled and is set to face Toronto next weekend.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-1, 196 lbs
Birthplace: Antioch, CA
Age: 28
Experience: 2
Bats/Throws: R, R