Oakland Athletics news, rumors and injuries
Thu, 30 Jun 2016 16:12:27 -0700
Oakland Athletics OF Khris Davis (shoulder) said his shoulder stiffened on him when he crashed into the outfield wall Wednesday, June 29, but he feels better Thursday, June 30, and will take batting practice and probably start Friday, July 1.
Fantasy Tip: Davis won't contribute a high average (.253), but he has power that plays anywhere with 19 bombs and 53 RBI on the season. That kind of pop is valuable in all fantasy formats. Get him back into all starting lineups if he's back in there tomorrow evening.
Thu, 30 Jun 2016 15:13:44 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Puk is a tall and lanky lefty that has plenty of promise down the road in the major leagues. However, he'll need to prove he can command his offerings for strikes consistently in the minors and repeat his delivery before he becomes a realistic option at the next level.
Thu, 30 Jun 2016 15:10:19 -0700
Oakland Athletics OF Khris Davis (shoulder) remains out of the starting lineup Thursday, June 30. OF Billy Burns is in center field and is hitting ninth against San Francisco Giants SP Madison Bumgarner. OF Coco Crisp moves to left field and remains in the leadoff spot.
Fantasy Tip: Crisp and Burns are both lefty slap hitters mainly, so they both facing a very difficult matching with the MadBum tonight. Crisp has more appeal as an against-the-grain DFS pick in the leadoff spot, but Burns should be left alone. Burns has value for his speed in seasonal leagues, but the return of Josh Reddick has put him as the club's fourth outfielder.
Thu, 30 Jun 2016 15:02:15 -0700
Oakland Athletics OF Josh Reddick and C Stephen Vogt are not in the starting lineup against San Francisco Giants left-handed SP Madison Bumgarner Thursday, June 30. OF Jake Smolinski is starting in right field and hitting sixth, while C Josh Phegley draws the start behind the dish and is batting seventh.
Fantasy Tip: The A's are resting their sluggers in the tough lefty-lefty matchup tonight. Against MadBum, Neither Smolinski nor Phegley will be popular DFS targets as sleepers.
Thu, 30 Jun 2016 14:05:53 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Doolittle is a low-end own in deep mixed leagues because of his cross-category production pitching in high-leverage situations. He has two wins and four saves with a 2.93 ERA, a 1.04 WHIP and 35 strikeouts over 30 2/3 innings. With that said, he likely isn't worth stashing. Ryan Madson's hold on the closer role tightens with Doolittle injured, too.
Wed, 29 Jun 2016 22:43:11 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Activated from the DL earlier in the day, Manaea shut down the Giants en route to his third win of the season. There's a lot of upside with the 24-year-old southpaw, so this has to be considered encouraging. Pick him up in AL-only leagues and hope this is a sign of things to come.
Wed, 29 Jun 2016 18:02:30 -0700
Oakland Athletics OF Billy Burns will bat ninth and play center field versus the San Francisco Giants Wednesday, June 29, after OF Khris Davis (shoulder) was scratched from the lineup due to a left shoulder contusion. OF Coco Crisp, who was in the original lineup as the center fielder, will move to left field.
Fantasy Tip: Burns is batting just .171 with five RBI in 70 at-bats this month and is not a recommended fantasy option this evening.
Wed, 29 Jun 2016 17:52:05 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Davis had been playing well recently, batting .385 with three home runs and eight RBI over the past seven days. Remove him from your fantasy lineups tonight and check back occasionally for updates on his status going forward.
Wed, 29 Jun 2016 16:20:24 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Doolittle has four saves on the year and a sub-3.00 ERA. He has value in deeper leagues as the main handcuff to Ryan Madson. With Madson throwing two innings last night and Doolittle possibly unavailable, too, John Axford could be in line for a save chance this evening.
Wed, 29 Jun 2016 16:05:28 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Madson tossed two innings but allowed four hits (two home runs) and three earned runs for his 15th save of the year Tuesday night. He doesn't have any specific injury but will likely be rested after his first multi-inning outing this year. Sean Doolittle could be called upon for a save with Madson being rested.
Wed, 29 Jun 2016 13:00:37 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Manaea is a promising young lefty for the A's, but he's been up and down in his rookie season, going 2-4 with a 6.02 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 7.3 K/9. He can be useful in the right matchups, but he's probably far too risky for most to rely on in his first start off the DL tonight against the Giants.
Wed, 29 Jun 2016 04:50:18 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Smolinski actually is a decent hitter, but at .305-4-15 in 28 games he just doesn't play often enough to warrant a spot in a regular lineup. In many ways, he's a victim of Oakland's desire to play everyone on its roster rather than leave someone benched with hurt feelings. Smolinski could earn an occasional start, and if he does then he may be worthy in DFS formats.
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 17:08:31 -0700
Fantasy Tip: The A's have been cautious with the 36-year-old lefty, but they'd like to see him make some successful starts before the trade deadline, as he's a popular trade target. Hill has been great with an 8-3 record, 2.25 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 10.4 strikeouts per nine innings. Tread carefully using him immediately off the DL against the Bucs, though, and consider high a risk-reward starter this weekend.
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 15:20:07 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Go ahead and return Reddick immediately to starting lineups in season formats. He was slashing an impressive .322/.394/.466 with five home runs and 18 RBI before his injury and also stole four bases. Reddick gives you a little of everything and should be owned everywhere.
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 15:01:19 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Reddick returned a .322/.394/.466 slash line with 21 runs, five home runs, 18 RBI and four stolen bases through 41 games before the thumb injury, so don't underestimate him as a viable starter in all fantasy leagues. Check your waiver wires. Muncy should be replaced in all leagues.
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