Oakland A's

Posted by Baseball Bob at 18:03
Feb 212011

Season 81-81 C

Who would have guessed that this team, buoyed by better-than-expected pitching, a serious pitcher’s park, and a weak division, would have taken a shot at contention? A .500 April followed by a 16-12 May were good enough to propel them into first place – they were first or second all through April and May. June started poorly, though, and they dropped to third on June 5th, and never again led. They dueled with the Angels off-and-on for second place as the Rangers ran away with the division, winning their final 4 games to claim that spot by a single game.

Hitters 61.75-100.25 F

This team’s inability to score is well-documented. Ultimately they scored only 663 runs, worse than every AL team except the Orioles and the Mariners. When everyone decries the offensive collapse of Jack Cust, and he is in fact your second-best hitter, you know you are in trouble. 68.5 wins would still be F, so this bunch cleared the bar by plenty. Only 3 regulars had an OPS+ over 100, and one of those was 102. A truly awful offense.

Starters 101.25-61.75 A+

Billy Beane may have done it again, as 24-year-old Gio Gonzalez emerged as the ace of the team and a reasonable #1, and 22-year-old Trevor Cahill was even better. 26-year-old Dallas Braden was better than solid, and 22-year-old Brett Anderson and 23-year-old Vin Mazzaro showed promise in 19 and18 starts respectively. This could turn out to be as good as the Mulder-Hudson-Zito days, which were very good, indeed. As bad as the hitters were, the rotation was that good.

Relievers 82/423 B-

And the bullpen was fine, if unsung. Patching together a group that we never heard of, Beane once again proved his thesis that relievers need not be highly paid, because you can find people that can get a few outs at a time. The pitching/defense exactly balanced out the awful offense, and the .500 season was a result. In fact, from RS/RA the A’s should have won a few more games than they actually did (85-77). Given an average hitting team, they could have had the best record in baseball.

Charts

Runs Times
<3 46
3 31
4 25
5 18
6 20
>6 22

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Batter PA OPS wOBA Grade
Daric Barton 686 798 .359 B
Kevin Kouzmanoff 586 679 .296 D
Cliff Pennington 576 687 .315 C-
Rajai Davis 561 697 .321 C-
Kurt Suzuki 544 669 .296 D
Mark Ellis 492 739 .326 C
Jack Cust 425 833 .371 B
Ryan Sweeney 331 725 .319 C-
Coco Crisp 328 780 .361 B
Adam Rosales 279 721 .317 C-
Gabe Gross 244 601 .270 F
Eric Patterson 204 678 .307 D+
Landon Powell 129 609 .281 D-
Eric Chavez 123 609 .268 F
Matt Carson 83 547 .245 F

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Starter Games Innings ERA W/L Deserved
Gio Gonzalez 33 200.2 3.23 15 – 9 22.5 – 10.5
Dallas Braden 30 192.2 3.50 11 – 14 17.25 – 12.75
Trevor Cahill 30 196.2 2.97 18 – 8 22 – 8
Ben Sheets 20 119.1 4.53 4 – 9 10.5 – 9.5
Brett Anderson 19 112.1 2.80 7 – 6 12.5 – 6.5
Vin Mazzaro 18 105.0 4.29 5 – 8 10.5 – 7.5
Justin Duchscherer 5 27.2 2.89 2 – 1 2.75 – 2.25
Bobby Cramer 4 23.2 3.04 2 – 1 2.75 – 1.25
Tyson Ross 2 7.2 7.04 0 – 2 .25 – 1.75
Clayton Mortenson 1 6.0 4.50 0 – 0 .75 – .25

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Reliever G IP ERA Val Gr Effective Ineffective yikes YIKES!
Craig Breslow 75 74.2 3.01 26 A 51 23 1 0
Brad Ziegler 64 60.2 3.26 9 C 38 23 3 0
Andrew Bailey 47 49.0 1.47 28 A+ 38 8 1 0
Jerry Blevins 63 48.2 3.70 10 C+ 38 22 3 0
Michael Wuertz 48 39.2 4.31 9 B- 32 10 5 1
Tyson Ross 24 31.2 5.12 1 D 15 5 3 1
Henry Rodriguez 29 27.2 4.55 1 D 18 6 4 1
Boof Bonser 13 22.2 5.09 0 D- 7 5 1 0
Chad Gaudin 12 17.1 8.83 -6 F 5 4 2 1
Vin Mazzaro 6 17.1 4.15 0 D- 4 0 2 0
Cedrick Bowers 14 14.0 4.50 3 B 9 4 1 0
Ross Wolf 11 12.2 4.26 1 C- 7 2 2 0
Edwar Ramirez 7 11.0 4.91 -2 F 4 1 1 1
Brad Kilby 5 8.1 2.16 3 A+ 4 1 0 0
Justin James 5 4.0 4.50 -1 F 3 0 2 0

2 Responses to “Oakland A’s”

  1. So if they can get any hitting, this team might make a run in 2011. Reading these report cards, it seems hard to not have a good bullpen, so I would have to agree with Beane and say that a lot of teams are wasting money on the big names.

    • Yes, it appears that big contracts for relievers are counter-productive; it IS possible to put together a bullpen out of spare parts, especially if you are willing to tinker mid-season as things don’t work. Plus, the bullpen has less to say about a winning team than the other portions of a roster.

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