ALDS Preview: Oakland v. Detroit

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There’s a perception out there that the Tigers have an overwhelming offensive advantage in this series. While Detroit will pump out some serious power in the form of Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Alex Avila it’s hardly an offensive mismatch. Consider the following chart from Beaneball.org:

Position A 2013 TAv Tiger 2013 TAv Winner
Catcher Vogt .250 Avila .246 A’s
First Barton .297 Fielder .290 A’s
Second Sogard .264 Infante .277 Tigers
Short Lowrie .289 Iglesias .260 A’s
Third Donaldson .321 Cabrera .365 Tigers
Left Cespedes .275 Peralta .286 Tigers
Center Crisp .291 Jackson .271 A’s
Right Reddick .259 Hunter .285 Tigers
DH Moss .325 Martinez .274 A’s

I mean, I’m not making the case that the A’s are offensively superior to the Tigers. From a talent perspective a few things can counter what the 2013 season numbers tell us. A healthy Miggy counts for a lot. Victor Martinez rounding back into form counts for a lot. Prince’s performance can swing the series. What I am saying is that at worst the Tigers have a definite, but not overwhelming offensive edge. Add in the fact that the A’s will attack Detroit’s righty dominant starters with a slew of left handed bats and this is a really close match up to call. Continue reading ALDS Preview: Oakland v. Detroit

Game Thread: Athletics vs. Yankees, 8/25/2011 (1:05PM EST on YES)

[Update 8/25/11 – 2:30PM]: Apparently the tarp is being removed.  The game should start fairly shortly. [Update 8/25/11 – 1:33PM]: Obviously the game isn’t starting on time. We’ll let you know more when we know more. I don’t know about you, but I can’t stand afternoon matinees (unless I’m watching the game live that is). Following the game, while at work, is just so much harder. Fortunately for us though, the Yankees have fared well during day time affairs this season. Another notch in the Win column couldn’t come at a better time as the Oakland Athletics have already taken the first two games of Continue reading Game Thread: Athletics vs. Yankees, 8/25/2011 (1:05PM EST on YES)

Crisp, Sizemore beat Yankees 6-4 in extras as Yanks lose first series at home since early June

First we had an earthquake in New York City. Then all sorts of panic about a possible hurricane this weekend. And now, following their 6-4 victory last night, the A’s have won two games in a row and earned a series victory against the Yankees for the first time since 2007. I’ll let you decide which of these three is the truest sign of the apocalypse. Kidding aside, this was a rather unfortunate game for the Yankees, as Trevor Cahill and his sinker finally figured them out, limiting the damage to two runs over six for his first-ever quality start Continue reading Crisp, Sizemore beat Yankees 6-4 in extras as Yanks lose first series at home since early June

Yankee comeback falls a few feet short in 6-5 loss to A's

That the Yankees were even within a run of tying a game they really had no business winning was pretty impressive, though they’d ultimately fall to the A’s 6-5. Down 6-0 heading into the bottom of the eighth, stymied by A’s righty Brandon McCarthy over seven shutout innings, this did not appear to be the Yankees’ night. That they were even in a 6-0 hole against a limp offensive attack such as the one the A’s boast is somewhat troubling to begin with, but I suppose even the A’s have to beat the Yankees every now and again. Bartolo Colon Continue reading Yankee comeback falls a few feet short in 6-5 loss to A's

Yankees vs. A's III: Thank you, MLB schedule-makers

I don’t know who the Yankees have to thank, but after three games against the Royals and four against the Twins, the Bombers not only get to come back home and play the A’s this week, a team they basically dominate just as much as they do the Twins, but then get five games against the O’s at Camden yards this weekend!. Per RAB, the Yankees are 59-19 against Ron Gardenhire‘s Twins (including the playoffs), and by my own calculations 53-35 against Oakland during that same time period, including an insane 26-5 since the beginning of 2008. When the Yankees Continue reading Yankees vs. A's III: Thank you, MLB schedule-makers

Game Thread: Athletics vs. Yankees, 7/22/2011 (7:05PM EST on MY9)

Hurray for Fridays, the Yankees not being in Canada or Tampa any longer, non-artifical surfaces in general, upcoming weaker portions of the schedule, and non-divisional-rivalry matchups!  Now if only we could do something about this blistering heat other than find the closest/most powerful air conditioning unit, we’d really be in business.  Tonight’s game will mark Hughes’ third start since coming off of the Disabled List, and his second start since the “mechanical alteration” was evidently applied to his curveball.  Here’s to hoping for the best! Also, incase you hadn’t heard, George A. King of NYPost.com, reported that the Yankees have signed Marcus Thames (who Continue reading Game Thread: Athletics vs. Yankees, 7/22/2011 (7:05PM EST on MY9)

Series Preview | Yankees vs. A's II: Oakland? More like jokeland

The A’s roll into town this weekend for the first of six games they’ll eventually have to play at Yankee Stadium this season. The Yankees already got the hard part out of the way, sweeping the A’s — who pitch to a 2.71 ERA/3.37 FIP at home and 3.61/3.77 marks on the road — on their home turf back at the end of May. Now Oakland and its Overstock.com Field-aided pitching staff get to come to the Bronx, where there will be no endless acres of foul territory and a rather unforgiving short porch in right field. That’s not to Continue reading Series Preview | Yankees vs. A's II: Oakland? More like jokeland

Yankees sweep first three-game set of season en route to season-high four-game winning streak

The Yankees beat the A’s 4-2 on the strength of seven strong innings of two-run ball from A.J. Burnett (five strikeouts, three walks), with the lone blemish coming in the first inning on a two-run Josh Willingham home run. That A.J. was able to settle down the rest of the way after immediately surrendering the 1-0 lead the Yankees had delivered to him on an Alex Rodriguez RBI double (his first extra-base hit since May 21!) in the top of the 1st is a nice step in the right direction for Burnett. Though there’s no arguing with the team’s success Continue reading Yankees sweep first three-game set of season en route to season-high four-game winning streak

Yanks thump Anderson, A's in 10-3 win

Not to discredit Oakland’s pitching staff, but as I noted in my Mariners preview last Friday, for all the impressive numbers the A’s’ starters have put up, they’d only played five of their first 50 games against teams from the AL East. Oakland’s gotten yet another lesson in how we do things on the east coast these last few days, as the Yankees pounded de facto ace Brett Anderson for nine earned runs (10 total) over 5 1/3 innings, en route to a 10-3 win. Anderson and rotationmate Trevor Cahill‘s groundballing shenanigans may work against the lesser offenses of the Continue reading Yanks thump Anderson, A's in 10-3 win