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Baltimore Orioles v Oakland Athletics

It’s Friday here at Getting Blanked, which means this passes for content here in the blog mine. It is important to note that for Coco Crisp, every day is Friday. He gets to look like this/live like this 24-7.

For that we should be fortunate. Like Coco Crisp has been fortunate here in April, posting a moderately absurd .296/.400/.605 slash line, good for a .426 wOBA to go with his seven steals and five homers. This is, indeed, Coco Crisp’s world.

San Francisco Giants v Cincinnati Reds - Game Four

Barry Zito took the mound for the San Francisco Giants Tuesday night with a winning streak on the line. Dating back August 7,  2012, the Giants had won 13 consecutive regular-season games started by Zito.  When you add in the 2012 postseason, the streak stretched to 16. Impressive, but still a ways off the franchise record, held by Carl Hubbell, who pitched the New York Giants to 22 consecutive regular-season victories between July 1936 and May 1937.

Zito’s streak ended in flames at Miller Park. He pitched only 2 2/3 innings and gave up nine earned runs. The Giants clawed back from a 9-3 early deficit, but fell short. The Brewers won the game by the score of 10-8.

Still, the Giants’ winning streak with Zito on the hill was notable because, well, it was Barry Zito — the $126 million starter who’d failed to live up to his contract since joining the Giants in 2007. Heading into the 2012 season, the Giants were 65-76 in games started by Zito. He’d pitched so poorly in 2010 that Giants manager Bruce Bochy left him off the postseason roster, as the team romped to their first World Series victory since moving to San Francisco.

But something changed in 2012, particularly in the second half. Zito’s strikeouts-per-nine rose from 5.02 in the first half to 6.20 after the All-Star break. His walks-per-nine dropped in half, leading to a second-half 2.68 K/BB. That also dropped his WHIP. On the other hand, batters hit .272 off Zito from mid-July through the end of the season, compared to .244 early on. His BABIP was higher and his left-on-base percentage was lower. And his velocity? The highs and lows varied from game to game, but Zito experienced no discernible increase in velocity as the season wore on, as shown on the velocity charts on FanGraphs.

So how did he do it? How did Zito propel the Giants to 11 consecutive victories to end the 2012 season?

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Houston Astros v Oakland Athletics

A.J. Griffin‘s performance in 15 starts was just another pleasant surprise for an Oakland Athletics team that delivered a few in 2012. Griffin tossed 82.1 innings and finished with a nifty 3.06 ERA, 3.85 FIP, and 4.06 xFIP to go along with 64 strike outs and an excellent 5.7 BB%. Some might express concern over surrendering the long ball (10 home runs allowed; 10.2% HR/FB rate is a little on the high side for a starter who calls O.co home), Griffin exceeded whatever expectations the club could have had for him coming in as a lesser known prospect.

Through three starts this season, Griffin appears to have picked up where he left off in 2012 before running out of gas in his final few appearances. Griffin laid some hurt on the lowly Houston Astros on Tuesday, giving up two earned runs on four hits and striking out eight, although four batters earned a free pass. The right-hander registered five whiffs with his 67-69 mph curveball, with Marwin Gonzalez and Rick Ankiel looking the most foolish.

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Detroit Tigers v Oakland Athletics

The Oakland Athletics, who are off to a good start this season with nine wins in their first eleven games, have placed outfielder Yoenis Cespedes on the 15-day disabled list with a hand injury.

 

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Cincinnati Reds v Oakland Athletics

2012 Record: 94-68, 1st AL West
2012 Pythagorean Record: 92-70
Impact Player: LF Yoenis Cespedes
Impact Pitcher: RHP Jarrod Parker
Top Prospect: SS Addison Russell

Significant Acquisitions: IF Jed Lowrie, OF Chris Young, IF Hiroyuki Nakajima, C John Jaso, RHP Chris Resop, RHP Fernando Rodriguez

Significant Departures: 1B Chris Carter, DH/LF Jonny Gomes, RHP Brandon McCarthy, SS Stephen Drew, 3B Brandon Inge, LHP Brian Fuentes

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The San Francisco Giants are in the World Series, and just as everyone thought, Marco Scutaro was the hero. Wait, who?

Yeah, Marco Scutaro, whose 500/.533/.607 line in the National League Championship Series would have been enough to thrust him into the spotlight even if he had not endured a brutal breakup slide by Matt Holliday in Game One. As a tribute to Scutaro’s performance, here are a few relevant thoughts on a spectacularly normal Major League regular.

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The Oakland Athletics have acquired Chris Young from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for infielder Cliff Pennington and Yordy Cabrera, who was immediately shipped to the Miami Marlins in exchange for reliever Heath Bell. The Diamondbacks also receive cash considerations from the Marlins.

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