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The A’s New Hitters: A Preview

May 18, 2012

The interleague schedule begins tonight as the A’s battle the Giants in San Francisco at AT&T Park. That means pitchers hitting. Here is a preview of the big bats that the A’s will bring to San Francisco. The A’s pitchers are a combined 13-for-110 (.118) as hitters in their careers. Only Tommy Milone has managed a home run in the bigs, coming in his first MLB at-bat and in fact on the first pitch he saw from Mets starter Dillon Gee. That home run also marks his last hit, or time reaching base even as he is the owner of a 1-for-6 (.167) MLB record with just one strikeout.

Speaking of avoiding strikeouts, only one Athletic pitcher, now new-hitter, has managed not to strikeout in their MLB career and that is Brian Fuentes. In his lone MLB plate appearance on August 20th, 2003 Nate Bump of the Marlins coaxed a groundout out of him. The A’s newly activated and ready to swing hitters have a higher than wanted K% striking out 59 times in their 123 plate appearances (48.0%) leading the charge in that regard is Bartolo Colon who has 50 strikeouts in his 94 plate appearances to go along with his .116 batting average (10-for-86).

Outside of Colon and Milone, few other A’s have hits, Jarrod Parker is 1-for-2 (with a double!) in his career, and new addition Travis Blackley swings a mighty stick at 1-for-3. Brandon McCarthy has yet get a hit, he is 0-for-10, the aforementioned Fuentes has yet to achieve his first MLB hit as has Grant Balfour (0-for-1), and Tyson Ross (0-for-1). For every other A’s pitcher their next at bat would represent their first in MLB baseball.

I hate interleague play. See the above paragraph as to why. Your new Oakland Athletics slugger coming to the number nine spot near you.

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