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jasonthea

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The Fallacy of the Cahill to AAA Next Year Theory

PT believes, as do many others, that since Trevor Cahill has been a "gascan" in all but three starts, he stands little chance of improvement (in fact, regression to a 5.00+ ERA is predicted by...

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If MLB played a 29/58 game round robin right now, where would the A's finish??

Not a short series, where I will fully admit the A's wouldn't have enough frontline pitching. But everyone plays everyone-- either one or two games. Now Tomko being shut down would change my view,...

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Run Differential is Getting Kinda Interesting

Only minus 17 after tonight. And nearly +30 since AS break. Team has played 500 ball since then, and somewhat over .500 ball if you start from the low water mark just after the AS break (25-21). A...

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Will the Real A's Offense Please Stand Up??

for 90 games, they scored barely 4 runs a game-- one of the worst offenses in all of baseball. Since then-- over the last 50-- they have scored 5.3 runs a game, one of the best totals in the AL....

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All Defensive Plays Are Not the Same

got to thinking about zone rating in its various forms and other defensive metrics. And particularly about the fact that what we loosely call defense-- whether it's an aspect of Voros McCracken's...

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Playoffs?? Playoffs??

Well, we're a little more than a month away from the time when 8 teams will be in, and 22-- including our beloved boys-- will be out. For some reason i find myself more fascinated by the possible...

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24 Days of AL Offensive Data

and the implications of the findings are becoming more meaningful Let's just do it the fairest way, to negate the differences in games played: Runs per game: Since and including July 20 LAA     ...

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Position Player Overload-- Who Goes or Stays Down the Road?

You gotta hand it to Billy-- he took a system basically becoming bereft of quality everyday players or prospects and restocked in a hurry, much like his similar turnover of the pitching in the past...

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All of a sudden, they kind of can hit

Here are the AL totals for runs scored since, and including, the night of the big comeback vs. the Twins-- that's 16 days of information. 14. SEATTLE  49 13. KANSAS CITY 53 12. DETROIT  61 11....

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Canseco's Latest: On Papi, Manny and..... Dare We Say It-- Rickey??

Whatever else you think about the man and his motives, he has been the closest to the truth all the way through the sordid revelations of the past 5 years or so. His reaction to today's New York...

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Dog Day Afternoons (cont.) Best Players Since WWII

OK, let's trot out the big guns.   LEFT FIELD: Barry Bonds, Rickey Henderson, Ted Williams No one else comes close, when you think about it. Billy Williams, Willie Stargell, Lou Brock, Pete Rose...

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Dog Day Afternoons-- Best Players By Position since WWII

Let's face it-- these trips to NY or Boston ain't what they used to be. And now we await the thrilling news about Orlando Cabrera-- Orlando Cabrera!!-- and more losses. And hope that September is a...

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What I'd Like to See in the Second Half

Or second 45+ percent, to be more accurate. I'd love to see a late run at the playoffs. Nah gonna happen. A) they're not good enough and b) I don't think either the Angels or Rangers, falter...

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Injury Trend-- It Ain't Just Us

NY Times front page story is very intriguing today. The essential point is that the time players are missing has jumped up 26% from 2006-08 and is headed to a similar total as 2008 this year. What...

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Why Barton, Buck, Cunningham Are Not Playing

or Sweeney every day, for that matter. There is an obvious reason, which all their advocates around here seem to be ignoring. So far, as major league hitters, individually and collectively, they...

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A's Contention: "I Want You Back"

Why can't our team be a "Thriller" again? Where are the hitters that can simply "Beat It"   "Billy Beane... Is Still my Hero. He's Just a Guy who tries for the games to be won Holliday is not...

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The Beauty of BOMAC

Since they may no longer be an intact quintet (and the loss of Outman makes the acronym a whole lot harder), we should examine their collective performance, with special emphasis on the last 5...

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The Oakland Effect-- Veteran Hitter Acquisitions

In light of the (so far) poor performance of Holliday and Giambi, and the injury to Garciaparra, setting up a potential Triple Crown of veteran busts in terms of offense this season, I decided to...

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Duke coming back to the Pen??

So says Slusser. I for one think it is the right thing to do. Assuming the 4 kids plus Braden continue anywhere near their current success- and no, I'm not saying they have to pitch lights out...

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Are We Human? Or Are We Dancer?

"Are we human.... or are we dancer? Our staff is vital.  Our bats are cold. And we're asking Beane to supply the answer. Are we human..... or are we dancer?"   First time all year I can put...

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Pitching, Pitching-- Who's Got Pitching?

This could be this team's salvation. There are 3 certifiable disaster areas on AL mounds this year. Baltimore is allowing 5.8 runs a game; Cleveland 5.6; and the Yankees 5.4. In the latter case...

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Bailey, Ziegler and the WBC

This team is kind of like the Dutch boy trying to plug the holes in the dike. No sooner does he stick a finger into one hole than another pops open. The impact of guys like Gio and Gallagher...

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Sometimes the darkest hour is just before dawn

In the last 20 years, there have been several examples of teams that made quantum leaps in their first contending year, essentially with little or no warning from the previous season(s). NOTE: Of...

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Is it too early to look at run differential?

20% of the season done? Not too early, but proceed with caution. There has been one very good team in the AL so far this year-- coincidentally or not, it is the one out-of-division team the A's...

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The A's Slow Starts in the Past

OK-- we've been here before. (NOTE: I'm about two-thirds the way through an examination of all the teams that started 9-16 since divisional play began. So far there are 7 winning seasons out of 42;...

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In Honor of Monkeyball

Someone started talking Beatles today, and i couldn't resist. "I am the Jack Cust"   I am Beane as you are Beane as he is Beane and we are last together. See how they whiff like jeans in a...

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That Was Then... This is Now-- is the real problem the GM??

Somebody had better start noticing that maybe the emperor has no clothes. He was brilliant... and the team prospered, despite the postseason failures, for the better part of a decade. But time has...

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Geren's Sin is Not what Everyone is Focussing On

Since this topic is obviously broader and more consequential than one maddening extra inning loss, I'm going to try to get a real debate going somewhere other than the game thread. And let me...

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The Fault, Dear Brutus, is not in our fundamentals but in our BATS

For all the sturm and drang over failed double steals, poorly executed small ball, Ellis foibles in field, at plate and on bases, I give you two very simple factoids, both from Baseball Prospectus. ...

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Best Win Since Scutaro and Twins

I can't type on game thread for some reason-- each new post freezes me-- so parden this indulgence before the recap occurs. Did not see this except thru the lens of Game Day, so forgive me if I...

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