2010 season snapshot: The good stuff

Taking stock of all the good that came out of Oakland in 2010:

Pitching

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  • Ranked third in the Majors with an American League-leading 3.56 ERA, which was the lowest mark by an A’s team since the 1990 club posted a 3.18 ERA.
  • Led the AL in shutouts with 17, along with opponents slugging percentage (.379) and pickoffs (27). The 17 shutouts were the second best total by an A’s team over the last 21 years (19 in 2002).
  • Ranked second in opponents batting average (.245) and opponents on-base percentage (.313).
  • Now have an AL-best 3.97 ERA since 2000. 
  • Craig Breslow ranked second among AL relievers with 75 games pitched, tied for fourth with 74 2/3 innings and tied for sixth with 71 strikeouts, which set an Oakland record for a left-handed reliever.
  • Bullpen ranked sixth in the AL with a 3.75 ERA and had just 13 blown saves, which tied for the fewest in the AL. 

Starting Pitching

  • Major League-leading 3.47 ERA marked the lowest ERA by an American League team since 1990, when Boston compiled a 3.32 ERA.
  • Posted the lowest opponents slugging percentage in the Majors (.373) and led the AL in opponents batting average (.243).

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  • Trevor Cahill and Gio Gonzalez’s ability to garner at least 15 wins each while aged 24 years or younger represented just the 17th time in the post-World War II Era that a Major League team has done so. However, it marked the third time it’s happened in Oakland (2001, 2002) over the last nine seasons.
  • Cahill tied for fourth in the AL with 18 wins, most by an A’s starter since Mark Mulder tallied 17 in 2004. It was the first time a pitcher aged 22years or younger won 18 games since Brett Saberhagen went 20-6 for Kansas City as a 21-year-old in 1985.

Defense

  • The A’s committed 99 errors, which was the fifth fewest in the AL. It marked the sixth time in the last seven years they committed fewer than 100 errors.
  • Mark Ellis ranked second among AL second baseman with a .995 fielding percentage. He has now finished at least second in each of the last four seasons in which he qualified for the leader board. 

Offense

  • Ranked ninth in the AL with a .256 batting average and .324 on-base percentage.
  • Tallied 527 walks for the second consecutive season and have not walked fewer than 527 times in a non-strike season since 1985.
  • Had 30 triples, which were the most by an A’s team since 1987 (33).
  • Daric Barton led the AL with 110 walks, ranked fifth with a .392 on-base percentage and tied for ninth with five triples.

Running Game

  • The club’s 156 stolen bases represented the ninth best single-season total in Oakland history and the most by an A’s club since the 1989 team stole 157. 
  • Ranked third in the AL and the Majors in steals and led the AL and ranked second in the Majors in stolen base percentage (80.4%).rickey rajai 2010.jpg
  • Rajai Davis (50), Coco Crisp (32) and Cliff Pennington (29) combined for 111 of the 156 stolen bases, marking the most by three Oakland teammates since1983 when Rickey Henderson (108), Mike Davis (32) and Bill Almon (26) combined for 166.
  • Crisp’s 32 stolen bases was a career high, and he achieved the mark in just 75 games. He was successful in 32 of 35 (91.4%) attempts, which was the best percentage in the Majors and second best in Oakland history.
  • Davis’ 50 stolen bases was also a career-high, and the mark ranked second in the AL and third in the Majors. He now has 116 career steals with the A’s, which ranks eighth in Oakland history.
  • Pennington’s 29 steals were most by an A’s infielder since Carney Lansford had 35 of his 37 steals in 1989 while playing in the infield.

Miscellaneous

  • The A’s pitching staff had a 3.27 ERA with Kurt Suzuki behind the plate, which was the lowest catchers ERA in the AL by more than half a run.
  • The A’s compiled a 47-34 (.580) record in Oakland, their best home mark since 2006. The pitching staff’s 3.02 ERA at home was the third lowest home ERA in the Majors. They allowed just 62 homers at home, which was the fewest in the AL.
  • Oakland had the second best day record in the Majors with a 35-21 (.625) mark. 

1 Comment

Hey, Jane, who do you think the A’s will try to land during the offseason, offense wise.

I’ve heard Carl Crawford, from athletics nation, but I think we don’t need another speedy outfielder.

What about a player like Carlos Gonzalez?

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