Season Preview: Will the A’s sneak past the Astros and win the AL West in 2020? If they do, it will be one of the big stories in baseball. Oakland has a group of returning stars that includes Marcus Semien, Matt Chapman, Matt Olson, Khris Davis, and Ramon Laureano. The pitching is solid, with quality starters and a deep bullpen. Closer Liam Hendricks will look to repeat his All-Star season from 2019.
Season Reap: The A’s powered their way into a Wild Card spot thanks to Matt Olson, Marcus Semien, Matt Chapman, Mark Canha, Ramon Laureano, Khris Davis, and Jurickson Profar—each of whom hit 20 or more home runs. Veteran starters Mike Fiers and Brett Anderson led the pitching staff, along with reliever Liam Hendriks, who saved 25 games. The A’s faced the Rays in the Wild Card Game 5–1.
May 7, 2019: Mike Fiers pitched the 300th no-hitter in big league history. It was the second of his career.
Season Preview: The A’s catch the ball and hit the ball, and when the pitching is right they can be tough to beat. Outfielder Khris Davis and infielders Matt Chapman and Matt Olson are Oakland’s main power source. The starting pitching runs hot and cold, but if the bullpen is sensational again in 2019, the A’s could top 90 wins.
Season Recap: The A’s began the 2018 season with the lowest payroll in the league and finished with 97 wins. Injuries to the team’s starters forced Oakland to build up its bullpen, and it turned out to be the deepest bullpen in baseball. Slugger Khris Davis topped the AL with 48 homers, leading a group of young hitting stars that included Matt Olson and Matt Chapman. Jed Lowrie and Jonathan Lucroy added veteran leadership. The A’s won a spot in the Wild Card Game, but lost to the Yankees, 7–2.
April 21, 2018: Sean Manaea pitched a no-hitter against the Red Sox.
Season Preview: The A’s look like they’re ready to climb out of the AL West basement. Nine different players hit 10 or more homers, and the team hopes to add reliable pitching to a solid offense. Sean Manaea, Jharel Cotton, and Kendall Graverman need to take the next step as starters, while a lockdown closer needs to emerge in a well-stocked bullpen. On the hitting side, third baseman Matt Chapman looks like a up-and-coming star and Jed Lowrie and Khris Davis are two of baseball’s most underrated hitters.
Season Recap: The A’s had nine players with 10 or more homers in 2017, including Khris Davis, with 43. The team’s young pitchers did not live up to their promise, however, leaving the club far off the pace in the AL West. A 16–5 streak in September gave Oakland fans something to get excited about in an otherwise disappointing season.
July 11, 2017: Yonder Alonso played in his first All-Star Game. He hit 20 homers in the first half the season to set a new personal best.
November 1, 2016: The Athletics finished last in the AL West, but gave fans some exciting baseball along the way. Khris Davis smashed 42 homers, and young pitchers Kendall Graveman, Jharel Cotton and Sean Manaea showed flashes of good things to come.
October 6, 2015: The A’s finished with the fewest wins in the AL with 68. Josh Reddick was the team’s best hitter, while Sonny Gray had another fine season, making the All-Star team and going 14–7 with a 2.73 ERA.
April 5, 2015: Oakland fans will be watching newcomers Billy Butler and Ike Davis very carefully in 2015. The two sluggers have had some poor years recently, but hope to regain their powers with the A’s. Sonny Gray and Scott Kazmir will be counted on for 30 to 40 wins as the leaders of the pitching staff.
October 30, 2014: For much of the 2014 season, the A’s looked like the best team in baseball. However, a July trade with the Red Sox to shore up their pitching backfired. The deal cost Oakland its cleanup hitter, Yoenis Cespedes and the team fell out of first place and had to settle for a Wild Card spot. They lost that game in 12 innings to the Royals. Josh Donaldson was the best player for the A’s, who got surprising comeback seasons from pitcher Scott Kazmir and first baseman Brandon Moss.
August 1, 2014: Sonny Gray was named AL Pitcher of the Month for July. It was the second time he won this honor in 2014.
March 31, 2014: The A’s could be the team to beat in the AL West. They specialize in building winning teams out of spare parts, but this season they believe young sluggers Josh Reddick and Yoenis Cespedes will become true stars. They’ll have to, because spring injuries to key pitchers—including Jarrod Parker—have some fans in Oakland worried.
December 9, 2013: Former manager Tony La Russa was elected to the Hall of Fame. His record with the A’s was 798–693. La Russa won three pennants and one World Series between 1986 and 1995.
October 1, 2013: The Athletics may have been out-spent by Anaheim and Texas in 2013, but they were not out-hit or out-pitched. Oakland won the West with a record of 96–66, and looked like a team of destiny until they ran into Justin Verlander and the Tigers in the deciding game of the ALDS. It put an end to a fun season that saw young prospects Josh Donaldson and AJ Griffin become true stars, and old-timers Bartolo Colon and Grant Balfour have amazing years.
September 16, 2013: Jarrod Parker lost to the Angels, ending his string of 19 games started without a loss. The streak, which began on May 11th, set a new team record. Parker went 9–0 during the 19 games.
June 8, 2013: Relief pitcher Grant Balfour saved his 41st game in a row. He broke the team record held by Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley.
March 30, 2013: Oakland has a lot of new faces in new places. Indeed, the team looks very different than the one that made the playoffs last season. Chris Young and Jed Lowrie lead the way, along with young superstar Yoenis Cespedes. If the A’s can get leads, their bullpen should be able to finish games and get them to 90 wins again.
October 12, 2012: AL West fans thought the battle for first place would come down to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Texas Rangers. But in the last week, Oakland caught fire and surged into the lead with 94 victories. They nearly beat the Detroit Tigers in the American League Division Series, losing 3 games to 2. One of the team’s surprising leaders in 2012 was Yoenis Cespedes, a 26-year-old outfielder who escaped from Cuba in 2011. His mother was a softball pitcher for Cuba in the 2000 Olympics!
April, 2012: In their big winter trade with the Washington Nationals, the A’s got Derek Norris. Norris is considered one of the best catching prospects in baseball. The team expects him to hit 20 homers a year once he wins the starting job in Oakland.