Oakland Athletics Starting Lineup 3/29/20 Athletics Lineup

97-65, 2nd in AL West

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OAK 2 @ NYY 7

Final

Oakland made the closest run at Houston last season. Any slip in the Astros' production could open the door for a very talented team. The Athletics' run differential puts them within the upper crust of playoff caliber teams. Any improvements at the plate or off the mound could push them to the top. Where they were most deficient compared to the elite four teams projected as 2020 World Champion frontrunners is in run production.

Oakland's 2019 run production was around a half a run per game behind the Yankees, Astros and Twins. Unfortunately, each of those teams play in the same league with the A's. However, this is a team with a strong chance to overcome that deficit. However, pitching is a point of concern. Any regression from last year would only negate any advancements Oakland makes on offense. The staff is headed by one of the Houston whistleblowers. That could target Oakland with their own tag.

Starting Lineup

M. Fiers , (R), P
1. M. Olson , (L), 1B
2. F. Barreto , (R), 2B
3. M. Chapman , (R), 3B
4. S. Murphy , (R), C
5. R. Laureano , (R), CF
6. M. Canha , (R), LF
7. S. Piscotty , (R), RF
8. M. Semien , (R), SS
Pos Pitcher
P Mike Fiers M. Fiers (R)
Pos Pitcher Rating GS Record IP Batters Faced Hits Runs ER HR Allowed BB SO K% BB% WHIP BABIP
P Mike Fiers M. Fiers (R) 66 0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% 0.00% 0.00 0
Pos Hitter Rating Order G PA Hits 1B 2B 3B HR RBI Runs SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
1B Matt Olson M. Olson (L) 87 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
2B Franklin Barreto F. Barreto (R) 67 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
3B Matt Chapman M. Chapman (R) 93 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
C Sean Murphy S. Murphy (R) 67 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
CF Ramon Laureano R. Laureano (R) 73 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
LF Mark Canha M. Canha (R) 78 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
RF Stephen Piscotty S. Piscotty (R) 85 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
SS Marcus Semien M. Semien (R) 84 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A

2020 Recent Athletics Lineups

Game Score Starting Pitcher 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

2020 Oakland Athletics Pitching Analysis

Oakland’s rotation is not in a good spot heading into the season, and the chance of recreating a 90+ win season from last year is going to be tough. Sean Manaea, Daniel Gossett, and Jharel Cotton are all injury names that will have a shortened season, or if any season at all. Their younger arms are not quite ready to be called up, so it leaves a lot of average to below average arms starting in the rotation. Oakland also lost Trevor Cahill, and when he was healthy, Cahill was an excellent option. He is now in Los Angeles, so he didn’t move far. Oakland is simply in trouble, and there is really no quick fix for them right now. They will have to rely on the names in the current rotation, and hope for the best. Oakland overachieved with their rotation last season, owning the 11th best team ERA in baseball. This year is going to be tough to try and repeat that. Heading into the season, it looks like Mike Fiers is going to be their number one pitcher. Fiers flashed some potential, but overall is a league average right-hander that is not expected to carry a 3.56 ERA again. He is just the beginning of the A’s regression.

Daniel Mengden is another regression candidate, who had a 4.05 ERA last season. He has below average strikeout stuff, and it will be tough for him to last long in most games with his inability to get guys out the second time through the order. Mengden would need to make a change to his arsenal and elevate some of his off-speed stuff if he wants to take another jump. If that does happen, he is an interesting name to keep an eye on. Frankie Montas has a blazing fastball, but not much more. He had some success last season, but also had some good luck, and teams trying to figure him out. He is expected to take a major drop in production when you compare seasons. Chris Bassitt pitched limited innings last season, and the A’s will rely on him a bit more with all the injuries. He isn’t the worst fourth or fifth starter, but the names around him just add to why we aren’t buying into the Oakland rotation this season.