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A's v. Rangers

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By eyleenn (38.99.44.122) on Monday, August 06, 2007 - 03:41 pm:

From ESPN.com, analysis of Braden v. Rheinecker:

Rookie lefties duel in Texas
Wells versus Looper is not the only five-plus ERA matchup on the docket Monday. In Texas, a similar event will take place between two much younger pitchers. Oakland A's rookie Dallas Braden takes a 1-6 record and 5.28 ERA into tonight's outing against Texas Rangers lefty John Rheinecker (1-0, 5.74 ERA in four outings).

Here is how the two left-handers' pitches stack up:

FASTBALL
BAVG SLG Miss Pct. of Swings
Braden .288 (30-for-104) .519 13.5 percent
Rheinecker .381 (16-for-42) .595 7.7 percent


Neither pitcher is overpowering; both average 86-87 mph on their fastballs. Braden, however, has better movement on his heater as evidenced by the higher miss percentage and the fact that he has recorded a strikeout in 19 percent of at-bats ending on fastballs, compared to 7 percent for Rheinecker.

CURVE/SLIDER
BAVG SLG Miss Pct. of Swings
Braden .219 (7-for-32) .406 26.3 percent
Rheinecker .083 (1-for-12) .083 41.4 percent


Rheinecker has the better results against his breaking pitches, although he has thrown fewer of them for strikes -- 55 percent, versus 61 percent for Braden.

CHANGEUP
BAVG SLG Miss Pct. of Swings
Braden .286 (12-for-42) .357 30.4 percent
Rheinecker .417 (5-for-12) .667 38.5 percent


Braden has the changeup edge, and may have the overall edge heading into tonight's outing. He has pitched well recently, allowing two runs or fewer in two of his last three starts. Rheinecker is coming off a shaky start against the Indians, in which he allowed six earned runs in 4.1 innings of work.

(Yes, I'm having a slow day at work...)

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By eyleenn (71.131.43.233) on Monday, August 06, 2007 - 08:38 pm:

Another horror show at Arlington?

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By rocket (68.238.69.119) on Monday, August 06, 2007 - 08:52 pm:

Bullpen is really struggling of late. The A's/Rangers seem to have one game like this in Texas just about every series.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By eyleenn (71.131.43.233) on Monday, August 06, 2007 - 09:01 pm:

"Struggling" is putting it mildly. Did you hear on the broadcast that the A's pen has given up 4 homers since the AS break -- and all given up by Casilla.

Maybe he needs to change his name again.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By eyleenn (71.131.43.233) on Monday, August 06, 2007 - 09:14 pm:

Gotta love Wash! Just got himself run out of the game and got his money's worth jawing with the umpire. Looked like the "c***s***er" argument from "Bull Durham." Classic!

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By rocket (68.238.69.119) on Monday, August 06, 2007 - 09:18 pm:

Casilla looked so tough when he first came up. I wonder if he is tipping his pitches? Whatever happened he is being hit around of late.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By sactofan (71.193.31.150) on Monday, August 06, 2007 - 09:29 pm:

Speaking of struggling, how about 1 hit from inning 4 through 12.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By eyleenn (71.131.43.233) on Monday, August 06, 2007 - 10:13 pm:

What an ordeal! 4-1/2 hours, but we got the win. Andrew Brown was nails! Even Calero came through.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By deajay (207.200.116.200) on Tuesday, August 07, 2007 - 08:00 am:

Casilla has been overworked, period.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By oaktownfan (76.236.68.169) on Tuesday, August 07, 2007 - 07:35 pm:

Another horrible outing for Gaudin, like I said the past few weeks, why not skip a start, the guy must be gassed by pitching so much this season.

Good news is that both Ellis and Murphy are having good offensive games.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By mitt (4.246.45.26) on Wednesday, August 08, 2007 - 06:41 am:

I agree that Gaudin should have been given a start (or two) off right after the All Star break, when he still appeared exhausted. The other starters all seem very tired, as well. The overworked guys in the pen are starting to run on fumes, too. I guess that everybody could use a few beans this year. :>)

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By eyleenn (71.131.34.38) on Wednesday, August 08, 2007 - 08:09 pm:

I am liking this Bowen guy!!! TWO homers tonight!!

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By oaktownfan (76.221.203.105) on Wednesday, August 08, 2007 - 09:00 pm:

Yep, I was upset that Suzuki isn't playing anytime I see the lineup but it's nice to see the backup produce.

Now whether Bowen is here next season, I don't know but more games like these will make it tough for him not to be.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By oaktownfan (76.202.77.182) on Wednesday, August 08, 2007 - 11:29 pm:

Speaking of Bowen, the guy is huge, 6'3" 225...switch hitting C with some power...makes you wonder if that's what the A's envisioned with Powell before he tore up his knee.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By kevink (72.130.178.2) on Thursday, August 09, 2007 - 09:07 am:

When do we trade Piazza?

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By raiderjohn (65.168.177.49) on Thursday, August 09, 2007 - 12:28 pm:

Bowen's definitely a nice pick up. I think we're holding out on a possible injury in terms of moving Piazza, otherwise Minny gets him towards the end of hte month.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By jerryo1 (64.221.252.50) on Thursday, August 09, 2007 - 12:31 pm:

David Ortiz was injured last night, so BOS is a possibility for Piazza.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By renobill (75.39.244.225) on Thursday, August 09, 2007 - 12:40 pm:

I'd love to see Dan Johnson clear waivers for a trade to the Sux.

I think they could be talked into overpaying for DJ what with the Skanks breathing down their necks.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By raiderjohn (65.168.177.49) on Thursday, August 09, 2007 - 12:45 pm:

cleveland just moved Branyan to Philly for cash, I guess for his OF skills. Ortiz has a sore shoulder, pain when he doesn't make contact, few days of rest should do the trick....according to him. I'd love to see us dump DJ on the Sox. They moved 2 nice pieces for Gagne. They're scared.


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