Oakland Athletics Fantasy Baseball News

  • Mitch Moreland Collects Two Hits In Loss To Red Sox

    Oakland Athletics designated hitter Mitch Moreland went 2-for-4 with a run scored in a loss to the Red Sox on Thursday. Moreland batted in the two-hole for the first time this season as he's been heating up on the A's current road trip. Moreland has hits in five of his last six games and has cut his strikeout rate to 18 percent after whiffing over 23 percent of the time in April. He'll sit occasionally versus lefties so he's not a must-roster player in fantasy, but he's got a hot bat and has solid matchups on the docket this weekend in Minnesota. Fantasy managers could do worse than picking up Moreland if in need of a bat this weekend.

    May 14 · RotoBaller Athletics Mitch Moreland
  • Sean Manaea Hit Hard By Red Sox On Thursday

    Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Sean Manaea allowed seven runs in only two innings pitched to take the loss Thursday at Boston. Manaea had been putting up good numbers with less-than-ideal peripheral metrics and the other shoe dropped in this one as the Red Sox pounded everything Manaea served up. On the season, the left-hander is sporting a 4.40 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, and 45 strikeouts through 43 innings. He's averaging five strikeouts per walk allowed and has a solid 12 percent swinging-strike rate. Manaea is a quality pitcher to roster in 12-team fantasy leagues and larger, but he's far from a must-start option. A tough matchup with Houston looms in his next scheduled start.

    May 14 · RotoBaller Athletics Sean Manaea
  • Sean Manaea Struggles In Boston

    Oakland Athletics pitcher Sean Manaea was lit up in Boston on Thursday serving up seven earned runs in Oakland's 8-1 loss against the Red Sox. The southpaw was hit early and often in Beantown as he allowed three runs in the first inning, capped by a Xander Bogaerts two-run home run. Manaea then proceeded to allow three more runs in the second inning including another two-run homer, this time by Bobby Dalbec. The book closed on Manaea when Deolis Guerra allowed Christian Vazquez to score on a Jonathan Arauz double-play ball. Manaea saw his ERA (3.07) and WHIP (1.07) jump up to a 4.40 ERA and 1.28 WHIP. It's an awful performance when that type of spike happens in the eighth start of the season. Look for this southpaw to put up a better outing when he faces the Astros at home in his next performance.

    May 14 · RotoBaller Athletics Sean Manaea
  • James Kaprielian Earns First-Career Win At Fenway

    Oakland Athletics starting pitcher James Kaprielian allowed one run across five innings pitched to earn the win Wednesday at the Red Sox. Wow, was this a great result for the rookie left-hander as things almost completely fell apart for him in the first inning. Boston had the bases loaded with no one out and it looked like Kaprielian wouldn't last long as he couldn't find the strike zone. He escaped the jam with only one run allowed and cruised through four more innings, picking up six K's along the way. It was a solid start but Kaprielian isn't a must-add player in fantasy. His spot in the rotation is temporary as Mike Fiers (elbow) and Jesus Luzardo (hand) are on the IL. He's got a brutal matchup against Houston lined up in his next scheduled start Tuesday.

    May 13 · RotoBaller Athletics James Kaprielian
  • Jake Diekman Picks Up The Save At Boston On Wednesday

    Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Jake Diekman pitched a scoreless ninth inning to preserve the win Wednesday at the Red Sox. Diekman recorded two punchouts, but also gave up a long, loud fly-ball that was barely contained by Fenway Park's spacious right-center field. The A's bullpen has been impossible to predict this season, but Diekman has the last three saves for Oakland and Lou Trivino pitched the eighth inning in this game. As of now, Diekman appears to be the closer for the A's, but manager Bob Melvin hasn't been shy about changing things on a dime. Trivino is right-handed and Diekman is left-handed so it appears Melvin is content to play the matchups with his two best relievers. Diekman should be rostered in all formats but Trivino has deep-league value as well.

    May 13 · RotoBaller Athletics Jake Diekman
  • Matt Olson Hitting Just .194 In May

    Oakland Athletics first baseman Matt Olson is off to a slow start to the month of May. Through nine games, Olson is slashing .194/.324/.355. He hit a home run in his first game of the month on May 2, but hasn't homered since. He also has 11 strikeouts over his 37 plate appearances this month. Olson's season-long numbers are looking fine as he has seven home runs and 21 RBI over 31 games to go along with a .268/.352/.518 slash line. He ranks in the top 5% of the league in both barrel rate (17.4%) and max exit velocity (115.3 mph). We should start to see his May power numbers materialize soon.

    May 12 · RotoBaller Athletics Matt Olson
  • Jake Diekman Picks Up Fourth Save Of The Season

    Oakland Athletics left-hander Jake Diekman picked up his fourth save of the season, slamming the door shut on the Boston Red Sox in the A's 3-2 victory. The southpaw walked Alex Verdugo to lead off the ninth before striking out JD Martinez and subsequently walking another batter, this time Xander Bogaerts. Rafael Devers then grounded into a fielder's choice at second base before Christian Vazquez fouled out to end the ball game. For those paying attention to the lefty, righty splits, only the leadoff hitter and the fourth hitter of the inning were lefties. Oakland clearly favors Diekman when a save situation involves top-tier left-handed hitters. At this current pace, Diekman will end the season with 22 saves. Pair that with a 2.25 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and 12.94 K/9, Diekman suddenly looks like a top-flight bullpen arm. Quietly underappreciated, Diekman is a clear trade target.

    May 11 · RotoBaller Athletics Jake Diekman
  • James Kaprielian To Start For A's On Wednesday

    Oakland Athletics starting pitcher James Kaprielian will make his season debut Wednesday at the Red Sox. The team was in need of a starter after placing Mike Fiers (elbow) and Jesus Luzardo (hand) on the injured list. The tenth-ranked prospect in the A's system, Kaprielian has just 3 2/3 MLB innings under his belt. He relies primarily on a four-seam fastball that averages a healthy 95 MPH while also sporting a slider that was effective in his limited action against Major Leaguers. He'll need a third pitch to make it as a starter long-term, but this is a promising prospect that should be rostered in dynasty formats. Redraft players don't need to pick up Kaprielian for a tough matchup at Fenway, but there's potential there if he can stick in the rotation.

    May 11 · RotoBaller Athletics James Kaprielian
  • Seth Brown Finishes Strong Series Against Rays

    Oakland Athletics outfielder Seth Brown scored a run in the series finale against the Rays on Sunday to cap off a strong series versus the Tampa club. Brown homered on Friday and Saturday and finished the three-game set with four hits, five RBI, and three runs scored. Brown has been seeing more playing time in recent games. He got the start on Sunday despite facing a lefty starter and he even batted second on Saturday when Oakland faced a righty. Brown has value in fantasy leagues larger than 12 teams and will get a nice park-shift playing his next three games on the road in Boston.

    May 10 · RotoBaller Athletics Seth Brown
  • Cole Irvin Struggles With Rays On Sunday

    Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Cole Irvin allowed four runs, three earned, across six innings in a loss to the Rays on Sunday. Irvin allowed four hits and only struck out three against a Tampa lineup that came into the contest with the second-highest K-rate versus LHP. Irvin now sports a 3.29 ERA with a 1.07 WHIP across 41 innings in his first season in Oakland. A swinging-strike rate under 10 percent and a CSW rate of just 25 percent mean Irvin is not a must-start pitcher in fantasy despite some decent stats. He'll face a Twins lineup that is top-10 in on-base percentage and ISO versus lefties next Saturday. Irvin is not a recommended start in that matchup.

    May 10 · RotoBaller Athletics Cole Irvin
  • Matt Chapman Has Three-Hit Day On Sunday

    Oakland Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman snapped a 2-for-14 streak on Sunday afternoon, as he went 3-for-4 with a run scored in a 4-3 loss to the Rays. It was his first multi-hit performance since April 29, and his first three-hit performance since April 12, as he raised his season line to .213/.319/.393. He's managed to heat up at the plate in the month of May, slashing .281/.361/.406 over nine games in what could be a sign that he's beginning to turn things around. He'll look to keep things going in the series opener against Boston on Tuesday.

    May 9 · RotoBaller Athletics Matt Chapman
  • Jesus Luzardo Could Return By End Of The Month

    Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Jesus Luzardo (hand) could return to the team by the end of the month, according to Shayna Rubin of the Mercury News. Luzardo was placed on the injured list on Sunday after he fractured his pinky finger by hitting it on a desk while playing video games. Rubin reports that Luzardo is being considered week-to-week at the moment, and he recently played catch at 60 feet. He will undergo another X-ray at the end of the week, and if the results come back positive he could begin throwing off the mound afterwards. Through six starts this season, Luzardo is 1-3 with a 5.79 ERA and 23.6 percent strikeout rate in 28 innings of work.

    May 8 · RotoBaller Athletics Jesus Luzardo
  • Mike Fiers Placed On IL With Elbow Sprain

    Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Mike Fiers (elbow) was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right elbow sprain on Saturday, the team announced on Twitter. In a corresponding move, the team reinstated relief pitcher Burch Smith from the injured list. Fiers had just made his season debut last week after starting the year on the injured list due to hip and back issues, and he managed to make only two starts before landing back on the IL. In 9 1/3 innings of work this year, Fiers has allowed eight runs on 15 hits and four walks while striking out five. Between the injuries and ineffectiveness on the mound, it's unlikely that Fiers will be fantasy relevant any time soon.

    May 8 · RotoBaller Athletics Mike Fiers
  • Sean Murphy Drives In Two Versus Blue Jays

    Oakland Athletics catcher Sean Murphy went 2-for-4 with two RBI in a loss to the Blue Jays on Wednesday. The sophomore catcher is batting an anemic .213 this season, but he's getting on base a ton thanks to a 12.1 percent walk rate which has led to a solid .352 on-base percentage. His batted-ball metrics are strong with a 42 percent hard-hit rate and his strikeout rate is down a tick from last year. Fantasy managers that invested in Murphy should be patient as he should come around based on his plate-discipline metrics and batted ball profile. Murphy should be rostered and started in 12-team fantasy leagues and larger.

    May 6 · RotoBaller Athletics Sean Murphy
  • Lou Trivino Implodes In Five-Run Inning

    Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Lou Trivino had an outing to forget on Wednesday as he let five runs cross the plate while only recording one out versus the Blue Jays. There was a two-week stretch where it looked like Trivino was the undisputed closer in Oakland, but those days seem to have passed. Jake Diekman and Yusmeiro Petit have the last two saves for the A's and Trivino was brought on in this game with the team trailing in the eighth. That was before all five runners he let on base came around to score which helped Toronto turn a close game into a laugher. It'll be tough to trust Trivino in lineups after this but he still has value in deeper leagues and should not be dropped yet while the Oakland bullpen is in flux.

    May 6 · RotoBaller Athletics Lou Trivino
  • Cole Irvin Dominates Blue Jays For Third Win

    Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Cole Irvin fired eight innings of one-run ball to earn his third win of the season Tuesday against Toronto. Irvin allowed only three hits and a walk while fanning nine Blue Jays in the contest. The former Phillie prospect is making a name for himself in his first season in Oakland. He's got a 3.09 ERA supported by a 3.62 SIERA while posting a strong 1.11 WHIP. He's got a nice matchup next time out as he'll face the Rays at home this Sunday. Tampa Bay has the second-highest strikeout rate against lefties this year making Irvin a strong addition for those looking to stream a starter to end the week.

    May 5 · RotoBaller Athletics Cole Irvin
  • Lou Trivino Picks Up Hold Versus Blue Jays Monday

    Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Lou Trivino allowed two hits and a run but picked up his third hold of the season Monday against Toronto. Trivino had been operating as the closer for Oakland, but manager Bob Melvin is also known to play the matchups and called on the right-hander in the eighth with the heart of the Blue Jay order due up. Fantasy managers shouldn't be too concerned about Trivino losing saves as this will happen from time to time with Trivino being right-handed and Jake Diekman, the primary setup man, being left-handed. Trivino has been excellent this season with a 1.59 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 17 innings. He should get the bulk of the save chances in Oakland and should be rostered in any category-based fantasy league.

    May 4 · RotoBaller Athletics Lou Trivino
  • Jake Diekman Earns Third Save For A's

    Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Jake Diekman pitched a clean ninth inning with two strikeouts to earn his third save of the season Monday. Diekman has primarily been the setup man for Oakland, but manager Bob Melvin also plays the matchups and preferred the lefty Diekman in the ninth. Lou Trivino leads the A's in saves, but he was used in the eighth inning, presumably to face the heart of the Toronto order. As a result, fantasy managers shouldn't sprint out to add Diekman simply because he picked up a save. The 34-year-old is a solid reliever who can provide strong ratios and the occasional save, but Trivino is the man to roster in standard-size mixed leagues. Diekman needs to be rostered in leagues that reward holds or in 15-plus team roto leagues.

    May 4 · RotoBaller Athletics Jake Diekman
  • Yusmeiro Petit Picks Up Fourth Win On Sunday

    Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Yusmeiro Petit pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Sunday and picked up the win thanks to a Ramon Laureano homer in the bottom of the eighth. Petit now has four victories and a 1.04 ERA through 14 appearances this season. While Petit has been excellent, it's dangerous to chase wins with relievers in fantasy. In 15-team leagues or those that value holds, Petit is an excellent option. He should provide strong ratios, post a healthy strikeout total, and yes, pick up a few more wins thanks to a strong A's offense. He doesn't hold much value in standard-size mixed leagues.

    May 2 · RotoBaller Athletics Yusmeiro Petit
  • Jed Lowrie Drives In Two Runs Versus Orioles

    Oakland Athletics second baseman Jed Lowrie went 3-for-4 with two RBI in a win over the Orioles on Sunday. Lowrie was 0-for-his-last-22 coming into today's game. The veteran infielder is a solid player for the A's as he rarely strikes out and uses a double-digit walk rate to get on base plenty. In fantasy, however, there's less to like outside of AL-only leagues or those that use a middle infield slot. Lowrie doesn't have much power and is yet to steal a base this season. A four-game set with the Blue Jays is next up for Lowrie.

    May 2 · RotoBaller Athletics Jed Lowrie
  • Ramon Laureano Blasts Game-Winning Homer On Sunday

    Oakland Athletics outfielder Ramon Laureano went 2-for-5 with the game-winning two-run homer in the eighth inning on Sunday. Laureano also scored a run in the first inning as the A's took two-of-three from the O's. The 26-year-old got off to a hot start this season, but he's cooled off significantly in recent weeks. His eight stolen bases are still tied for the league lead, but Laureano hasn't swiped a bag since April 13. He is, however, showing signs of turning the corner as he's riding a five-game hit streak and came up with the big hit today. Laureano is still a must-start outfielder in 12-team fantasy leagues and has some solid matchups on the docket with the Blue Jays coming to town.

    May 2 · RotoBaller Athletics Ramon Laureano
  • Matt Olson Collects Three Hits In Return To Lineup

    Oakland Athletics first baseman Matt Olson went 3-for-5 with a home run and two runs scored in a win over the Orioles on Sunday. Olson (eye) missed two games after fouling a ball into his face during batting practice last week. The layoff didn't slow down Olson, who has been one of the hottest hitters in baseball for the first month of the season. Olson is batting .314 with a whopping .628 slugging percentage and 169 wRC+ making the 27-year-old a must-start player in fantasy. A home series against the Blue Jays is up next for Olson and the A's.

    May 2 · RotoBaller Athletics Matt Olson
  • Sean Manaea Allows Four Runs On Sunday Versus O's

    Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Sean Manaea allowed four runs in five innings pitched in a no-decision against the Orioles. Manaea allowed seven hits, but didn't walk a batter while picking up five strikeouts on the afternoon. This was Manaea's worst start since Opening Day as the left-hander only allowed four runs combined in his previous four starts, spanning 24 innings. Manaea is still sporting a solid 3.48 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP this season. A strikeout rate under 20 percent limits his upside in fantasy some, but Manaea has been throwing the ball well and is backed by a strong A's offense. He's got a good matchup in his next start as he'll face a Rays team that has the second-highest strikeout rate versus lefties.

    May 2 · RotoBaller Athletics Sean Manaea
  • Matt Olson Returns To Lineup Sunday

    Oakland Athletics first baseman Matt Olson (eye) is back in the starting lineup for Sunday's finale with the Orioles. It's Olson's first game back since being hit in the eye by a ball that ricocheted into his face in the batting cages on Thursday morning. He will bat cleanup against Baltimore starter Bruce Zimmerman, as he looks to continue his early season success that has seen him hit .296 with a .943 OPS through 22 games.

    May 2 · RotoBaller Athletics Matt Olson
  • Jesus Luzardo Lands On IL With Fractured Finger

    Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Jesus Luzardo (finger) has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a hairline fracture in his left pinky finger, according to Alex Coffey of The Athletic. Manager Bob Melvin said that Luzardo had injured his hand when he "accidentally bumped his hand on the desk" while playing a video game on Saturday. Luzardo was examined by trainers prior to the game, and after warming up Luzardo and the trainers decided he was fine to pitch. He threw three innings against the Orioles, allowing six runs three earned and then after the game an x-ray showed the fracture on his finger. There's no word yet as to how long he will be out with this injury.

    May 2 · RotoBaller Athletics Jesus Luzardo
  • J.B. Wendelken Placed On IL With Oblique Strain

    Oakland Athletics relief pitcher J.B. Wendelken (oblique) has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a strained left oblique, according to Martin Gallegos of MLB.com. Wendelken pitched in Saturday's loss to Baltimore, allowing two runs on three hits in one inning of work. Over 12 1/3 innings this season, Wendelken has 14 strikeouts with a 4.38 ERA. Right now, Wendelken only has value in SV/HLD formats or in deeper leagues where managers are looking for strikeout help.

    May 2 · RotoBaller Athletics J.B. Wendelken
  • Mark Canha Homers And Steals A Base Versus O's

    Oakland Athletics outfielder Mark Canha went 2-for-4 with a home run, a walk, and a stolen base in a loss to the Orioles on Saturday. Canha had a big April for the A's and picked up right where he left off as the calendar flipped to May. The veteran outfielder is batting .265 this season, but his elite walk rate has Canha sporting a cool .388 on-base percentage atop the A's lineup. This has led to 25 runs scored to go with four homers and five steals. Canha should be rostered in 12-team leagues and larger and has some good matchups coming up as he'll see the Orioles again on Sunday before the Blue Jays visit Oakland.

    May 1 · RotoBaller Athletics Mark Canha
  • Jesus Luzardo Hit Hard By Orioles On Saturday

    Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Jesus Luzardo lasted only three innings in a home start against the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday. Platinum glove winner Matt Chapman made an uncharacteristic error which led to three unearned runs, but Luzardo was not sharp in this outing. The 23-year-old finished the day allowing six runs (three ER), on five hits and two walks with only one strikeout. Luzardo was a borderline top-100 pick in fantasy drafts, but is simply not getting it done this season. Despite some ugly numbers like his 5.79 ERA, Luzardo is still generating a solid swinging-strike rate and has an xERA of just 3.78. His upside is too high to drop him, but it's hard to trust the lefty in lineups right now. He'll face a challenging Blue Jays lineup at home in his next start.

    May 1 · RotoBaller Athletics Jesus Luzardo