Oakland Athletics Game 33 – Sunday, May 10, 2015 @ 1:00 pm
Game Attendance: Away Game
Season Attendance: 291,434
Lowest Attendance: 15,025 (Game 2)
Game Time: 2:36
Season Time: 98:33
Win Record: 12-21
Win Record vs Mariners: 1-5
AL West Standing: 5th
Elimination Number: 122
Winning Pitcher: Felix Hernandez (6-0)
Losing Pitcher: Jesse Chavez (1-3)
Pitchers/Pitch Count: Chavez/103, Rodriguez/16, Scribner/17
Total Pitches per game: 136
Total Pitches per season: 4746
Game Home Runs: 3
Season Home Runs: 31
Game Runs: 3
Season Runs: 153
Runs Rank: 4th
Run Differential: -3
Differential Rank: 18th
Game RBI Leader: Semien (2)
Season RBI Leader: Vogt (26)
Most RBI’s in Single Game: 5 (27)
Game RISP: 0 for 0
Game LOB: 4
Season RISP: 83 for 286
Season LOB: 224
Game Batting Average: .150
Lineup Batting Average: .258
Total Players Used in Game: 13
Most Players Used in Game: 20 (Game 25)
Marcus Semien has been on fire this weekend. Following yesterday’s fantastic outing, he batted .750 against the Mariners and hit two home runs off of Felix Hernandez. In fact, the only runs that the Oakland Athletics scored in this game were off of homers, two by Semien and one by Stephen Vogt.
With only six hits, all of which came from Vogt and Semien, the A’s were never able to get a runner into scoring position and, as always seems to be the case, they managed to commit another error. They lead all of baseball in errors and now have the worst W/L record in the American League. Things are getting dark, my friends.
One bright spot, though, is Semien’s offensive production. Having appeared in all but one of the A’s games this season, he is still holding onto a .307 batting average with five homeruns, 14 RBI’s, and nine walks. His K% is sitting at 18% which is totally manageable (albeit double his walk rate) but is only 16% for the last nine games, of which he is hitting .400 with a .444 BAbip.
Stephen Vogt continues to be a force to be reckoned with as he is hitting a home run once in every 14 at bats. Spread out over 162 games, that puts Vogt on pace for nearly 40 homers in 2015 so, realistically, it’s safe to assume he’ll hit upper teens or low 20’s and still may surprise us.
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There’s not a lot going right for this team right now but there is a lot that is almost going right and that should give fans cautious optimism. Eight of the A’s last 11 losses have been by one run, which means they’re staying in the game and once the bullpen -charged with four of those eight losses – gets their bearings back, we can expect to win more of those games. Further to the point of solid defense, the A’s have only been shutout twice this season and have a home BAbip of .307.
It’s not too late to turn this season around and the Oakland Athletics posses the tools needed for success but until they learn how to use those tools effectively, they’re going to continue to struggle.