Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images Division heavyweight showdown, minus some deserved heckling The Oakland A’s are alone in first place atop the AL West, with a 9-4 record, and they’re riding a six-game winning streak. Now they face their toughest test of 2020 so far, with the defending AL champion Houston Astros coming to town. Houston Astros 2019 record: 107-55 2020 … [Read more...] about A’s Series Preview #5: Astros get off easy with no fans in stands
Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images It’s not just Ramon Laureano and Mark Canha carrying them anymore The Oakland A’s lineup got off to a slow start in the opening days of the season. After a couple nice performances against the Angels, they went cold for a week, scoring just 16 runs over six games mostly thanks to futility in the clutch hitting department. The pitching … [Read more...] about Whole A’s lineup heating up after early slump
Photo provided by Bryan @SandLot408 Time to take out the trash The Houston Astros are coming to town, and nobody gets to go to the Coliseum to boo them. Represent us well, ye cardboard cutouts. On the bright side, the Oakland A’s are on a six-game winning streak and have a chance to strike a massive early blow to their top AL West competition. They’re already a couple games … [Read more...] about Game Thread #14: A’s vs. Astros
Ryan Christenson, the embattled A’s bench coach, got the full endorsement of his boss Friday. “Ryan Christenson is fully supported by everybody in our clubhouse,” manager Bob Melvin said. “They know who he is. So do I. Obviously it didn’t look great but that was not his intent at all. I know that for a fact.” Christenson, standing in the handshake line outside the A’s dugout … [Read more...] about Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin says bench coach did not intend apparent Nazi salute
While his long term role may be in the rotation, the Oakland A’s will use A.J. Puk as a reliever if he comes back this season. While the Oakland A’s have gotten one of their injured phenoms back and in the starting rotation, there is another one that has yet to take the mound. A.J. […] Oakland A’s putting A.J. Puk in bullpen – if he returns - White Cleat Beat - White Cleat Beat … [Read more...] about Oakland A’s putting A.J. Puk in bullpen – if he returns
Oakland A’s bench coach Ryan Christenson has a lot of explaining to do after his actions following the game on Thursday. Usually, the handshake line after a game does not garner any attention. It is a rite of passage after a win, along with the Gatorade bath and the postgame interview. There is nothing to […] Oakland A’s have a major problem with Ryan Christenson - White Cleat … [Read more...] about Oakland A’s have a major problem with Ryan Christenson
Photo by Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty Images MLB news roundup Good morning, Athletics Nation! The Oakland A’s won their sixth straight game on Thursday, completing a sweep of the Texas Rangers at the Coliseum. After the game, however, the news cycle took a turn away from the action on the field. During post-game congratulations and elbow-bumps, bench coach Ryan … [Read more...] about Elephant Rumblings: A’s bench coach Ryan Christenson apologizes for inadvertent gesture
This story initially appeared in our Play Ball magazine in March, before the coronavirus delayed the season. We’re posting it now, just ahead of the A’s first game against the Astros. The idea has been passed down through the generations as the paragon of truth, justice, and the American way: Cheaters never prosper. Give it your best, play by the rules, and you’ll be a winner … [Read more...] about Suspect achievement: Are the Astros’ successes emblematic of a broader American problem?