Recap: A’s @ Rays Game 126
The Republican National Convention comes to Tampa this week (as does potentially a hurricane) so the A’s played the final game of the series on a Saturday giving them a rare Sunday off day tomorrow. More importantly for what a Facebook study said was baseball’s most liberal fan base, the A’s won the series with a 4-2 victory!
- Josh Reddick has been slumping so Bob Melvin gave him the day off yesterday and today dropped him to the six spot in the lineup. Reddick responded with a 3-for-4 game including his 23rd double of the year. Reddick has been the A’s most valuable player this year notching 4.0 WAR for the A’s to go with his .252/.321/.484 slash line and team leading 25 home runs. He owns a .343 wOBA and 119 wRC+ in his 518 plate appearances. Regardless the move seemed to help him even though he did not score any runs or drive in any in the six spot today.
- Another Athletic also had a three hit game: Coco Crisp. Crisp has really actually started being productive, his on base percentage is nowhere near where I’d want it from a leadoff guy at just .317 but he has been better as of late. He has been worth a surprising 2.1 WAR on the year, with a .325 wOBA and 107 wRC+ to go with his .257/.317/.401 slash line across 394 plate appearances. Crisp went 3-for-4 also with a double, though unlike Reddick he scored a run.
- Two A’s had home runs in this one. Chris Carter hit his 11th off of Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson, a two run shot in the first, and Seth Smith added a solo shot in the third also off Hellickson. Both were their only hits in the game.
- Cliff Pennington again got the start at second base and went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts, watching his batting average dip below .200 again.
- A’s pitching in this one was great. Brandon McCarthy got the start and went seven innings, allowing two earned runs, on four hits (including a Desmond Jennings solo home run), while walking two and striking out seven. Sean Doolittle came in for the hold, his ninth, in the statistic I like more, shutdowns versus meltdowns he has an impressive 14:3 ratio. He is now up to an unreal 13.8 K/9 to just 2.2 BB/9 in his 29 1/3 innings. Grant Balfour came in, faced the minimum, struck out one, in earning his 14th save, he too has a strong shutdown to meltdown ratio at 28:7.