Oakland Athletics news, rumors and injuries
Wed, 06 May 2015 15:33:44 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Zobrist still faces a long recovery from knee surgery, and he won't be an option at FantasyScore for some time. In the meantime, it looks like Eric Sogard ($2,000, 4.0% of cap) will continue to serve as the starter at second base, but he's a low-end keystone option in daily games.
Wed, 06 May 2015 15:17:48 -0700
Fantasy Tip: FantasyScore players will want to take a wait-and-see approach with Crisp, as he is just making his season debut Wednesday, May 6. In seasonal leagues, though, Crisp's upside makes him a viable option in deep mixed and AL-only leagues immediately.
Wed, 06 May 2015 15:13:34 -0700
Updating a previous report, Oakland Athletics OF Mark Canha is expected to start at first base against left-handed pitchers, according to manager Bob Melvin. Melvin noted he likes having Canha's bat and positional versatility available off the bench.
Fantasy Tip: This is a serious blow to Canha's ($3,000, 6.0% of cap) seasonal value, but he remains a nice FantasyScore option when the team faces a southpaw. At this point, owners outside of cavernous mixed and AL-only leagues should consider replacements for him.
Wed, 06 May 2015 14:58:35 -0700
Oakland Athletics SP Scott Kazmir has a 1.62 ERA in his first five starts this season, and he enters the game against the Minnesota Twins Wednesday, May 6, with a five-game winning streak against Minnesota dating back to May of 2013. Kazmir has a 2.68 ERA against the Twins in that span.
Fantasy Tip: Kazmir ($6,800, 13.6% of cap) is facing a team that ranks fourth in the American League in strikeouts (212), and their lineup has been weakened recently with Oswaldo Arcia going on the DL. This veteran lefty should be a solid FantasyScore play tonight.
Wed, 06 May 2015 14:23:55 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Semien ($4,000, 8.0% of cap) has been up and down the lineup all season, but with Coco Crisp back, Semien may see more time at the bottom of the order going forward. Semien has emerged as an excellent middle infielder this season and sports nice cross-category production: 15 runs, three home runs, 12 RBI, 4 stolen bases and a .273/.322/.437 slash line. His early-season success is reflected in his FantasyScore salary, though, so it may be best to start him primarily in plus-matchups.
Wed, 06 May 2015 14:08:43 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Consider Crisp ($3,000, 6.0% of cap) a high-risk, high-reward FantasyScore option in his season debut, and it may be wise to allow him to shake a little rest off at the plate before utilizing him in daily contests. In seasonal leagues, Crisp deserves AL-only and deep mixed league attention.
Wed, 06 May 2015 12:38:07 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Crisp ($3,000, 6.0% of cap) will likely be eased back into the starting lineup, however, with speedster Billy Burns ($2,000, 4.0% of cap) playing well at the top of the lineup this week. Crisp is an asset in AL-only and deep mixed leagues, but Burns has more upside all around. Burns is also much more of a value play at FantasyScore when he's in the lineup.
Tue, 05 May 2015 19:12:21 -0700
Oakland Athletics OF Billy Burns was leading off and playing center field for a fourth straight game Tuesday, May 5. Despite the fact he entered the day hitting .357 (5-for-14) with some strong defense, he is the likely man to lose a roster spot when OF Coco Crisp (elbow) returns from the 15-day disabled list, perhaps as soon as Wednesday, May 6.
Fantasy Tip: Burns ($2,000; 4.0% of cap) has hit the ball well, but it's a numbers game. Veteran Sam Fuld has just one hit over his past 29 at-bats in nine games, but he is likely to retain his spot. Take a wait-and-see approach with Burns going forward, as he could very well be optioned out this week.
Tue, 05 May 2015 19:09:14 -0700
Oakland Athletics RP Tyler Clippard has been filling in as the closer while RP Sean Doolittle (shoulder) has been sidelined. There haven't been many save chances, as Clippard is 0-2 with a 2.61 ERA in 10 games with two saves in three chances.
Fantasy Tip: When Doolittle returns, Clippard is likely to return to a setup role, so fantasy owners will want to start preparing for that. Doolittle is making progress and could return in the next couple of weeks.
Tue, 05 May 2015 18:59:41 -0700
The Oakland Athletics are close to getting OF Coco Crisp (elbow) back from a minor-league rehab stint. In fact, there is a 50-50 chance he might come off of the 15-day disabled list to lead off and play left field Wednesday, May 6, against the Minnesota Twins.
Fantasy Tip: FantasyScore players will want to Crisp officially activated and then wait for him to prove his health in a game or two without any setbacks before trusting him again. He has a lot of rust to knock off after a considerable layoff.
Tue, 05 May 2015 15:10:17 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Doolittle is rapidly nearing a return to the bullpen, and he could immediately push Tyler Clippard to a setup role when he returns. Clippard has just two saves in three chances, as the A's haven't had many save chances in a rough first month. Both relievers should be owned in the majority of leagues, even when Doolittle returns initially.
Tue, 05 May 2015 07:26:52 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Vogt ($4,500, 9.0% of your cap) has a .372-7-25 line in the first five weeks of the season. At this price, Vogt is a daily consideration on FantasyScore.
Mon, 04 May 2015 19:45:10 -0700
Oakland Athletics 1B Billy Butler entered the game Monday, May 4, against the Minnesota Twins with no hits over his 20 at-bats, and just one knock in the past 31 at-bats. He had a day off Sunday, May 3, and he worked on his hitting in the cage.
Fantasy Tip: FantasyScore owners would be wise to avoid Butler ($3,700; 7.4% of cap) until he is able to get untracked and piece together a few decent games in a row.
Mon, 04 May 2015 19:44:41 -0700
Oakland Athletics OF Coco Crisp (elbow) played seven innings in a minor-league rehab game for Class A Stockton (Calif.) Sunday, May 3, and he was fine. He was scheduled to play another seven innings Monday, May 4, before getting a day off to rest Tuesday, May 5.
Fantasy Tip: Crisp could potentially return to the big club by Thursday, May 7, but FantasyScore players will want to avoid him until he can officially return and prove his health in a full game or two without any lingering effects of his injury.
Mon, 04 May 2015 19:43:32 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Freiman has been sidelined since the middle of spring training due to back pain. He could return to the big club at some point and prove FantasyScore players with a cheap source of power.
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