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    here we go again..

    The A’s have shut down their ace pitcher Sonny Gray for the next three weeks as he deals with a moderate lat strain that takes him out of the running to make Oakland’s Opening Day start on April 3, manager Bob Melvin said Thursday.

    the trips to the IR begin...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mlazar View Post
    The A’s have shut down their ace pitcher Sonny Gray for the next three weeks as he deals with a moderate lat strain that takes him out of the running to make Oakland’s Opening Day start on April 3, manager Bob Melvin said Thursday.

    the trips to the IR begin...
    He's done. Hate to say it, but there are too many innings on that arm. Should have moved him at the deadline last year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zito75 View Post
    He's done. Hate to say it, but there are too many innings on that arm. Should have moved him at the deadline last year.
    My optimism for 2016 was based on expected All Star performances by Sonny Grey + Billy Burns. Wow was I ever wrong. Still I hope Sonny finds the way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anna View Post
    My optimism for 2016 was based on expected All Star performances by Sonny Grey + Billy Burns. Wow was I ever wrong. Still I hope Sonny finds the way.
    Billy Burns. Whatever happened to that guy anyway?
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    please delete this post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by anna View Post
    please delete this post.
    Quote Originally Posted by Zito75 View Post
    Billy Burns. Whatever happened to that guy anyway?
    Billy Burns was too "slap happy" at the plate...swinging at ball 4, etc. and pitchers finally figured him out. He was traded to KC for Brett Eibner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zito75 View Post
    Billy Burns. Whatever happened to that guy anyway?
    Billy Burns was too "slap happy" swinging at ball 4 too much, etc. and MLB pitchers figured him out. He was traded to KC for Brett Eibner.
    http://www.baseball-reference.com/pl...site_menu_link

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    Quote Originally Posted by anna View Post
    Just in time for the trade deadline?
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    BTW I find it interesting how fast the As (and also the rays) are re -structuring the team.

    they are 4th in HR this year despite not playing in a hitting friendly park. two years ago they were just 20th in HR but now that HRs have become cheap they accumulated a lot of sluggers and are around the top there.

    of course that comes at a cost. their sluggers are mostly one dimensional high K, bad defense guys. they are second worst in K% and just 27th in AVG although overall their offense is still solid with the 5th highest wRC+ in the AL. however they are also by far the worst defensive team in the majors right now.

    the As are still going with the trends and finding bargains (like one dimensional sluggers) but it is not like 10 years ago when other teams did not know this.

    now you can't find real bargains anymore and there is a payoff price to pay when you re structure the team to find a bargain. I still think the As are run decently under what they are trying to achieve but without more money that is hard to do.

    of course the other thing they could do would be doing regular full rebuilds, instead of those mini mid season rebuilds when they are out of it. that would probably mean they would spend 5+ years per decade tanking but maybe it would give them 2-3 really strong years per decade where they have a real chance. the owner might not like that though.
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