Oakland Athletics

Team RankingAVGRHRERA
Athletics.2467392344.67
AL West3rd4th3rd5th
American League 11th9th4th12th

Schedule

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Fri Feb 23
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Sat Feb 24
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SD
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Sun Feb 25
3:05 pm ET
KC
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Mon Feb 26
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@CHW
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Tue Feb 27
3:05 pm ET
@CLE
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Wed Feb 28
3:05 pm ET
@CHC
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Thu Mar 1
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TEX
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Sat Mar 3
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Sun Mar 4
3:10 pm ET
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Mon Mar 5
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CHW

Standings

AL
West
LEAGUE
W-L
Overall
W-L
Houston86-56101-61
Los Angeles69-7380-82
Texas64-7878-84
Seattle66-7678-84
Oakland68-7475-87
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Athletics' Dustin Fowler: Taking batting practice Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Fowler (kneecap) took part in live batting practice Monday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Though the Athletics continue to ease Fowler along in his recovery from late-June surgery to repair a ruptured patellar tendon in his right knee, his involvement in live batting practice suggests that he remains on pace to make his Cactus League debut later this month. Fowler should receive enough at-bats in spring training to make a case for the Athletics' starting center-field job heading into Opening Day, but he'll likely need to outperform Boog Powell (knee) and Jake Smolinski to claim those honors.

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Athletics' Paul Blackburn: To contend for spot in rotation
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Blackburn (wrist) is fully healthy heading into 2018 and will be looking to secure a spot in the rotation, Martin Gallegos of The Mercury News reports.

Blackburn was able to toss his first bullpen session of the spring camp Friday, and felt no ill effects from a right wrist injury that caused him to end last year prematurely. The right-hander was struck by a line drive against the Orioles in August, and was forced to shut down instead of rushing through a recovery since the team was well out of playoff contention. In 10 starts, he posted a 3.22 ERA and 1.26 WHIP and a 22:16 K:BB over 58.2 innings. Moving forward, he will be competing with a bunch of others for one of three spots left in the rotation behind Sean Manaea and Kendall Graveman. Even if he's able to secure a spot in the rotation, Blackburn's inability to strike batters out significantly limits any upside in the fantasy realm.

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Athletics' Andrew Triggs: Returns to mound
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Triggs (hip) appears to be at full health heading into spring camp following season-ending surgery in July of 2017, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Triggs needed a procedure to repair a torn labrum, which caused him to make just 12 starts during the 2017 campaign. In those games, he posted a 4.27 ERA and 1.33 WHIP with a 50:19 K:BB over 65.1 innings. He will look to secure one of the three open spots in the club's rotation, while Sean Manaea and Kendall Graveman are the only two pitchers that seem to have a job locked down.

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Athletics' Bobby Wahl: Healthy heading into camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wahl (shoulder) said that this spring has been "the best I've felt throwing a baseball in a long time," Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

Wahl underwent surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome in mid-August, but it appears as though he's made a full recovery heading into Oakland's training camp. Unfortunately, this surgery has been known to be a tough battle to overcome for pitchers, so expectations should be tampered moving forward. If Wahl winds up earning a place on the big-league roster, he will likely serve in low-leverage situations for the time being.

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Athletics' Daniel Mengden: Holds early edge for No. 3 spot
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Tuesday that Mengden has the inside track for the No. 3 spot in the rotation entering spring training based on the way the right-hander finished the 2017 campaign, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

Due to both health issues and uninspiring numbers at Triple-A Nashville, Mengden only made two starts for the Athletics in the first five months of the season before getting a trial in the rotation in September. The 24-year-old impressed down the stretch with a 3-1 record and 1.54 ERA over his last five starts, but his meager 7.8 K/9 rate and occasional issues with the long ball over his 115 career innings in the big leagues inhibit his fantasy upside. So long as Mengden exhibits the excellent control he showed with the Athletics in 2017 during spring training though, he should break camp as a member of the rotation.

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2017 Team Leaders
AVGJed Lowrie , 2B.277
HRKhris Davis , LF43
RBIKhris Davis , LF110
OBPJed Lowrie , 2B.360
SLGKhris Davis , LF.528
RKhris Davis , LF91
SBMarcus Semien , SS12
WSean Manaea , SP12
KSean Manaea , SP140
SVBlake Treinen , RP16

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