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AL West Standings

Team W-L L10 STRK
75-41 7-3 W4
62-54 5-5 L2
51-63 5-5 W2
51-64 7-3 W2
41-74 2-8 L8

2022 Pitching

Earned Run Average
Base on Balls (Walk)
Walks and Hits Allowed Per Inning
Regular Season 2 1 2.27 50 12 0.97

Top A.J. Puk News

  • Athletics' A.J. Puk: Tallies third save

    Puk recorded the final out of Thursday's win against the Angels to earn the save.

    Puk relieved Zach Jackson -- who allowed the tying run to reach base -- to earn his third save of the season. He has been in a near-even split for save chances with Jackson since the All-Star break, and the closer role will likely remain up for grabs after Lou Trivino was dealt at the trade deadline. We'll also note that Dany Jimenez just returned from a shoulder injury as well. Puk has made the most of his chances, turning in 12 consecutive appearances without allowing an earned run and has tallied all three of his saves on the season since July 22. For the season, Puk owns a 2.01 ERA and a 45:11 K:BB across 44.2 frames.

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  • Athletics' A.J. Puk: Picks up second save

    Puk pitched a perfect ninth inning with one strikeout to earn his second save of the season in a 4-2 win over the Astros on Wednesday.

    Not long after Puk tallied his first career save on July 22, he was called upon to close the door once again. He came through with a perfect ninth inning to lower his ERA to 2.13. Wednesday's appearance in a save situation might be the most important of the two, since Puk came in to start the ninth rather than to bail out a struggling Lou Trivino. It could be a sign that Puk is inching his way into Oakland's closer role. However, Trivino and Zach Jackson had each pitched in two consecutive games and might have been unavailable. The Athletics' bullpen roles are worth monitoring since the team is expected to be sellers at the upcoming trade deadline.

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  • Athletics' A.J. Puk: Notches first career save

    Puk hit one batter but pitched a scoreless third of an inning to earn the save in a 5-4 win over the Rangers on Friday.

    Manager Mark Kotsay had originally called upon Lou Trivino to close out the game with the Athletics leading 5-2 coming into the ninth. Trivino struggled immensely, giving up two earned runs on three hits and a walk, including a home run to Nathaniel Lowe to nearly blow the save. Puk came on in relief with runners on first and second and proceeded to hit a batter before inducing a hard groundout to third for the final out of the game with the bases loaded. It was Puk's first career save. Trivino's 6.83 ERA is unsuitable for a closer and Puk could be the man who steps in to replace him if there is a changing of the guard in Oakland's bullpen.

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  • Athletics' A.J. Puk: Gets second win

    Puk (2-1) recorded the win over the Astros on Sunday, allowing one hit and recording a strikeout over a scoreless seventh inning.

    The big left-hander was sharp, pounding 16 of his 21 pitches in for strikes while generating his fifth straight scoreless appearance. The streak comes in the immediate wake of Puk's roughest patch during what has been an impressive first half of the season overall, as he'd pitched to a 7.71 ERA across 4.2 innings over four outings between June 25 and July 2.

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  • Athletics' A.J. Puk: Grabs ninth hold Saturday

    Puk recorded his ninth hold in a win over the Astros on Saturday, firing a scoreless sixth inning during which he hit a batter and recorded a strikeout.

    Puk worked around a plunking of Alex Bregman to produce his second straight scoreless appearance. The big southpaw endured a rough patch recently that saw him allow at least one run in four straight outings, but he's delivered for both the Athletics and fantasy managers this season with nine holds plus an impressive 2.57 ERA and 1.03 WHIP.

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  • Athletics' A.J. Puk: Bounces back Thursday

    Puk allowed an unearned run on one hit while recording four strikeouts over 2.1 innings in a loss to the Mariners on Thursday.

    The big left-hander had endured a bit of a rocky stretch over his previous four appearances, allowing five runs (four earned) on four hits and two walks in 2.1 innings. However, Puk's first outing of at least two innings since May 12 likely served as a confidence booster, as he was exceedingly sharp while firing 28 of his 33 pitches for strikes.

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  • Athletics' A.J. Puk: Takes first loss Monday

    Puk (1-1) was charged with the loss against the Yankees on Monday, allowing three runs (two earned) on one hit and a hit batsman over one-third of an inning.

    Puk's rollercoaster of an appearance began when he plunked the first batter he faced, Anthony Rizzo, to load the bases. Giancarlo Stanton subsequently reached on a catcher's interference to plate DJ LeMahieu and Puk then conceded a two-run double to Josh Donaldson before exiting. The rocky outing was an extension of a rough patch for the left-hander, who's now given up at least one run in three of the last four appearances to raise his ERA and WHIP from 1.65 and 0.99 to 2.73 and 1.11, respectively.

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  • Athletics' A.J. Puk: Sloppy in blown save

    Puk allowed two inherited runners to score on two walks and two wild pitches, taking a blown save in Thursday's 2-1 loss to the Mariners. He pitched one-third of an inning.

    While the runs and the loss went on Zach Jackson's line, Puk was very clearly responsible. Both walks and wild pitches he gave up came with two outs, and the southpaw's struggles are highlighted by the fact he threw only seven of 17 pitches for strikes. Through nine outings in June, Puk has allowed three runs, seven hits, three hit batters and two walks in 8.2 innings. He still has a 1.91 ERA and 1.06 WHIP across 28.1 innings overall, but the shaky showing Thursday wasn't a great first audition for more save chances with Dany Jimenez (shoulder) on the injured list.

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  • Athletics' A.J. Puk: Scored on in second straight outing

    Puk allowed an earned run on a solo home run over two-thirds of an inning in a loss to the Astros on Monday.

    Facing Yordan Alvarez in a same-handed matchup in the eighth inning, Puk conceded a 444-foot solo shot to right center that accounted for the final run of the afternoon. Puk still carries an excellent 1.37 ERA and 1.07 WHIP, but he's now notably given up an earned run in both of his last two outings after going 12 straight appearances without being scored on from April 14 to May 23.

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  • Athletics' A.J. Puk: Notches third hold Friday

    Puk recorded his third hold in a win over the Angels on Friday, firing a perfect eighth inning during which he recorded two strikeouts.

    Puk served as a bridge to Dany Jimenez in the ninth with an efficient 13-pitch frame that saw him get nine offerings into the strike zone. The towering southpaw has left a mostly miserable 2021 in the dust, posting one victory and the trio of holds alongside an 0.52 ERA and 0.81 WHIP over 17.1 innings across 13 appearances.

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  • Athletics' A.J. Puk: Gets first win Thursday

    Puk (1-0) was credited with the win in a victory over the Tigers on Thursday, allowing a hit and recording a strikeout over two scoreless innings.

    The big left-hander's successful run as a reliever continued in fine fashion Thursday, with Puk's pair of scoreless frames lowering his ERA to 0.60. After a disappointing 2021 at both the Triple-A and big-league levels, he appears to have found his groove in the bullpen thanks in no small part to greatly improved control and a career-best 1.8 BB/9.

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  • Athletics' A.J. Puk: Cruising as reliever

    Puk, who fired two scoreless innings during which he allowed a hit and recorded four strikeouts in a loss to the Guardians on Friday, now has an 0.96 ERA and 0.86 WHIP across his first six appearances.

    The big left-hander may have found his home as a member of the bullpen for the time being, as he's allowed just one earned run across 9.1 innings while posting an 11:2 K:BB. Puk has logged four appearances of more than one inning -- including three of two frames apiece -- and he's encouragingly displayed much better control than he did during two prior big-league stints.

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  • Athletics' A.J. Puk: Reinstated from COVID-19 IL

    Puk (undisclosed) was reinstated from the COVID-19 injured list Wednesday, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    Puk was moved to the COVID-19 injured list Monday after he was on the restricted list for the Athletics' weekend series in Toronto. However, he'll rejoin the bullpen ahead of Wednesday's game against the Orioles. In his first three appearances of the season, the southpaw has allowed a run on three hits and a walk while striking out five in four innings.

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  • Athletics' A.J. Puk: Shifts to COVID-19 IL

    Puk (undisclosed) was transferred to the COVID-19 injured list Monday, Martin Gallegos of reports.

    Puk was placed on the restricted list for the series in Toronto this past weekend, potentially because he's unvaccinated and couldn't travel to Canada, and he'll now move to the COVID-19 IL. It's unclear if the 27-year-old tested positive for the virus, but he'll remain away from the team for the time being.

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  • Athletics' A.J. Puk: Lands on restricted list

    Puk (undisclosed) was placed on the restricted list ahead of Friday's series opener at Toronto, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    Teams can use the restricted list for players who are unvaccinated and unable to travel to Canada, and it appears Puk falls into that category. Zach Logue and Ryan Castellani have been added to the big-league roster for bullpen depth for this weekend.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-7, 225 lbs
Birthplace: Minneapolis, MN
Age: 27
School: Florida
Experience: 1
Bats/Throws: L, L