Recap: A’s @ Rangers Game 155
Today the Oakland Athletics set an American League record for strikeouts. The offender was Chris Carter who struck out against Roy Oswalt in the second inning to tally the A’s 1,325th strikeout of the year. I hate strikeouts, I really do but I suppose with the A’s record I can’t complain too much. The MLB record belongs to the 2010 Arizona Diamondbacks who struck out 1,529 times, so that record is very unlikely to be challenged by this year’s A’s squad. The biggest offenders: Josh Reddick (147) and Yoenis Cespedes (100). Jonny Gomes (97) and Seth Smith (94) seem assured of surpassing 100 K’s and Brandon Moss and Cliff Pennington (86 each) seem good candidates to crack the century mark as well. Percentage wise the big offenders have been Moss (32.0%), Carter (31.9%) and Gomes (30.7%).
- The A’s struck out eleven times in this contest, but that was a moot point as they scattered 16 hits and walked thrice as a part of their 9-3 win. Stephen Drew led the way with a 4-for-5 game with a double. Overall they were solid with runners in scoring position going 8-for-22 that allowed them to overcome the nine runners stranded.
- Moss (3-for-5 with two doubles and two K’s), Josh Donaldson (2-for-4, with a walk and two K’s), Reddick hitting seventh (2-for-4 with a BB and K) and Derek Norris (2-for-4 with a triple and a K) all had a multi-hit game.
- Jarrod Parker got the start and looked solid against a tough Texas squad as he went six allowing three earned runs on five hits and three walks while setting down eight on strikes. It moves Parker to 3.7 WAR on the year tops on the A’s pitching squad and second only to the slumping Reddick at 3.9 WAR.
- Jerry Blevins and Evan Scribner held the Rangers at bay for the final three innings, with Blevins K’ing one and walking one in an inning and two-thirds, and Scribner waking two and striking out three in the remainder. Both Blevins and Scribner have been solid members of the pen this year but surprisingly because of his 4.26 FIP (compared to a 2.59 ERA) Blevins gets dinged and sits at 0.0 WAR to Scribner’s more favorable 0.3 on account of a 3.30 FIP (to go with his higher 2.90 ERA).