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Hard Hittin’ Mark Whiten Memorial Player of the Week

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I kind of thought this might be a breakout year for Brandon Moss. He’s OPS’ing about 100 points less than he did last season, but with the huge week he had last week he’s already bettered his power numbers and has an eye on destroying his previous career bests. He’s also also been named Hard Hittin’ Mark Whiten Memorial Player of the Week. Here’s the weekly stat line that got him the gig:

8 for 22 (.360), .500/.955/1.455, 4 HR, 11 RBI, 6 walks, 8 runs, and as always the token “slow guy stolen base”.

Moss’ four homers came in three consecutive games in which he ransacked the Tigers pitching staff – Verlander, Smyly, and Scherzer were the victims.

What is it with these Oakland journeyman guys (Moss previously played for the Red Sox, Pirates, and Phillies – you did not know that) going on these apeshit streaks? I mean seriously; they have a bunch of roundabout guys who comprise a roster of 25 that no one else really wanted, they’re not good on paper, and every year they’re somehow winning the damn division and having guys get on these late season hot streaks that are the stuff of legend.

If you’re looking to catch lightning in a bottle on your fantasy team, be sure to scope out some Oakland players on the waiver wire early tomorrow morning. Like catfish in a lake that hasn’t been fished, they’ll be there. Bring your lantern for these bottom feeders.

2013 Oakland Athletics Team Preview

The San Francisco Giants may have taken home the World Series title, but they weren’t the only team in the Bay Area to grab our collective attention last year.  The Oakland A’s, of Catfish Hunter Bash Brothers Moneyball regular baseball fame, had a great year and, in combination with a Texas collapse, rallied to actually win the AL West in 2012.

Let’s take a closer look at the A’s.

Major Off-Season Moves:

  • Acquired John Jaso in 3 way from Seattle.  Jaso is good young player and will be a sneaky great addition for the A’s
  • Acquired IF Jed Lowrie from the Houston after he made a temporary home their.  Lowrie made like $20/hour, so he was way too much for the Astros.
  • Signed Hiroyuki Nakajima from half across the world in Japan.  They hope he is better than Kaz Matsui.

I think the Jaso and Lowrie trades were great deals for the A’s but, in typical fashion, they weren’t flashy this offseason.  If Brad Pitt knows anything, it’s how to acquire players below market value.  Side note:  we discussed one of Jaso’s most important features here when the trade was made.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now on to who is going to take the field this year.

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