Oakland Romp is Tribute to Parity in 2017

Could the 1927 Browns have done to the 1927 Yankees what the 2017 A’s just did to the 2017 Astros? Nor likely. – Talent parity is far better today.

 

Astros*Notes

The A’s did it, finishing the 4-game, first-time ever, series sweep of the Astros by 10-2, producing some tabs worthy of a baseball house of horrors

For the A’s: 4 wins in 4 tries; 41 runs on 51 hits – and 11 homers!

A’s 11 HR in 4-Game Series vs. Astros, Sep. 8-10, 2017

HR#/G# INN BATTER B L/R RUNS 0UTS PITCHER T L/R
1/1 2nd Matt Chapman BR 2 1 Collin McHugh TR
2/1 3rd Matt Joyce BL 1 0 Collin McHugh TR
3/1 7TH Marcus Semien BR 4 0 Luke Gregerson TR
4/1 9th Boog Powell BL 1 0 Ben Giles TR
5/3 6TH Matt Olson BL 2 0 Brad Peacock TR
6/3 7TH Chad Pinder BR 1 2 Chris Devenski TR
7/3 8TH Chad Pinder BR 3 2 Michael Feliz TR
8/4 5TH Matt Chapman BR 1 0 Dallas Keuchel TL
9/4 7TH Ryan Healy BR 2 1 Francis Martes TR
10/4 8th Boog Powell BL 2 2 Luke Gregerson TR
11/4 8TH Matt Olson BL 2 2 Tony Sipp TL

Two Basic Observations from the Chart’s Data:

(There are many others there, simply awaiting your own excavations.)

1.) 7 of of the 11 HR were yielded by relievers;

2.) 21 of the 41 total runs scored by the A’s came on these charted long balls;

One Overlayed Subjective Observation:

This series screams at the overall parity of talent that spreads today from MLB’s alleged best to worst teams. The 1927 St. Louis Browns never could have done this kind of job in a series with the 1927 New York Yankees if you had spotted them four strikes and four outs per inning. The talent simply was not there within the Browns to get the job done. Assuming that to be true, it does make it easier for a new ownership of a failed performance franchise today to sell the idea to fans that a quick return to serious competition is both possible and probable – with good management and money thrown at the identified solutions. Back in the 1920s, clubs like the A’s did what the old Browns and Senators also actually did. They survived by selling their best players, simply to pay the rent and light bills.

The Damage Tab to the Juice that Squeezed from Houston Strong/Verlander:

Plans for purchasing the Buffalo Bayou Bridge at the foot of Main and painting it orange and deep blue in honor of the 2017 World Series Champions, the Houston Astros, have been put on serious hold.

Three Positive Getaway Thoughts:

  1. The Astros will not lose today. Monday is a day off;
  2. No matter what, as always, the sun will come up tomorrow, just as it did today, as long as our personal time is not up; and,
  3. The hope for something beautiful is the future’s gift to the present.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST STANDINGS

THRU GAMES OF SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2017 

RANK AL WEST W L PCT. GB
1 ASTROS 86 57 .601  
2 ANGELS 73 70 .510 13.0
3 RANGERS 71 71 .500 14.5
4 MARINERS 71 72 .497 15.0
5 ATHLETICS 63 80 .441 23

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AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST GAME SCORES

THRU GAMES OF SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2017

 ATHLETICS 10 – ASTROS 2

 YANKEES 16 – RANGERS 7                 

 ANGELS 5 – MARINERS 3

AMERICAN LEAGUE BATTING AVERAGE LEADERS

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BATTING AVERAGE LEADERS

THRU GAMES OF SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2017

RANK PLAYER TEAM AB H 2B 3B HR BA
1 JOSE ALTUVE HOU 538 189 38 4 23 .351
2 ERIC HOSMER KC 534 175 27 1 24 .328
3 AVISAIL GARCIA CWS 447 144 22 4 16 .322
4 JOSH REDDICK HOU 441 139 30 3 13 .315
NR* CARLOS CORREA HOU 532 164 48 6 25 .307
5 JOSE RAMERIZ CLE 529 162 47 6 25 .306
6 ELVIS ANDRUS TEX 569 174 41 4 20 .306
7 JONATHAN SCHOOP BAL 548 167 33 0 31 .305
8 JJOE MAUER MIN 458 139 32 1 6 .303
9 JOSE ABREU CWS 550 166 37 5 31 .302
10 JEAN SEGURA SEA 470 141 28 2 9 .300
RANK OTHER TOP 40 ASTROS TEAM AB H 2B 3B HR BA
13 MARWIN GONZALEZ HOU 404 119 28 0 21 .295
15 GEORGE SPRINGER HOU 482 141 25 0 31 .293
20 YULI GURRIEL HOU 473 136 36 1 17 .288
22 ALEX BREGMAN HOU 490 139 34 5 16 .284

NR * LOST TIME ON THE DL HAS TEMPORARILY REMOVED CORREA FROM AN OFFICIAL QUALIFYING PLACE IN THE RANKING OF TOP 40 HITTERS.

 

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Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle

 

 

 

 

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4 Responses to “Oakland Romp is Tribute to Parity in 2017”

  1. Larry Dierker Says:

    Most home runs are hit off fat pitches, not low breaking balls or fastballs up and in and low and away. In my opinion, it comes down to one “C” — Command. Command of one’s mental and emotional state and the strike zone. If you don’t have command today’s hitters will hit home runs. And, oftentimes they will hit them with men on base who have walked because you don’t have command. Shitcan the radar guns! Velocity is a hood ornament. The steering wheel is the thing.

    • Tom Hunter Says:

      “Shitcan the radar guns! Velocity is a hood ornament. The steering wheel is the thing.”

      Great line, Larry. I hope you don’t mind if I steal it in my friendly arguments with friends here in Denver about the importance of command over speed. I’ll even preface it with “As Larry Dierker says . . .”

  2. Bruce Biundo Says:

    Did you send this in response to my message? I received this earlier and responded with what I thought was a humorous comment. Bruce

    • Bill McCurdy Says:

      What Bruce Biundo said to me by e-mail was quite fitting:

      “I was thinking more poor play by defensive backs giving up too many easy touchdowns.” – Bruce Biundo.

      Bruce – I just came in from being away from these keys for most of the day. To see your comment here first in the future, please leave it here first as your own comment. If you send it to me as an e-mail, no matter how early I get it, it cannot go public until I see it and then decide to post it.

      E-mail is for personal communication. A direct post here is for public comment. You are not the only one who has mistaken the two – and that’s why I’m responding here to your public inquiry.

      Thanks!

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