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Friday, August 03, 2012

Dan Straily joins A’s rotation

Can’t wait to see him on the Yankees.

The A’s assembly line for churning out strike-throwing pitchers has provided another model: Dan Straily, who leads all of pro baseball in strikeouts, will make his major-league debut at the Coliseum on Friday.

Straily, 23, will take the place of left-hander Travis Blackley, who shifts to the bullpen. Blackley has been terrific since being acquired on waivers from the Giants in May, but that’s yet another indication of how promising Straily is. He’s wedged his way into a rotation that already is among the league’s best….

Straily, much like relievers Sean Doolittle and Ryan Cook and starter A.J. Griffin, is a good story, unheralded going into the season. He was not in big-league camp, like Griffin, and he was a 24th-round pick in 2009 - after pitching as a walk-on at Marshall.

“I never got into the prospect thing, because I never was one,” said Straily, who is from Oregon and went to Western Oregon before transferring to Marshall.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 03, 2012 at 10:56 AM | 19 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Danny Posted: August 03, 2012 at 12:53 PM (#4199781)
With McCarthy and Anderson both expected back in the next couple weeks, it'll be interesting to see what they do with the rotation. I assume Griffin and Milone are the most likely to move to the pen, but neither seem to have the type of repertoire that benefits much from relieving (4 pitches, not much velocity).

Gotta like Blackley's attitude:

Blackley had no problem with moving to a relief role. He started off as the A's long reliever in May and worked his way into a starting role. He said he can make himself more valuable by being able to do both things. "And I get to pitch more often this way," he said.

He's also psyched to see Straily pitch. Blackley said he follows the River Cats' Twitter feed, so he knows all those sparkly numbers.
   2. Guapo Posted: August 03, 2012 at 12:55 PM (#4199786)
“I never got into the prospect thing, because I never was one,” said Straily, who is from Oregon and went to Western Oregon before transferring to Marshall.


Hipster Prospect
   3. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: August 03, 2012 at 12:59 PM (#4199793)
Marshall has a baseball team?

Upon further inspection it seems to be on the Coastal Carolina list of schools that have had more draft picks in the last 5 years than they had had in the previous 40. Three previous major leaguers went there, two big stars (Rick Reed and Jeff Montgomery) and one guy named Joe Goddard.
   4. Shooty Is Disappointed With His Midstream Urine Posted: August 03, 2012 at 01:11 PM (#4199810)
Looking forward to the game tonight. Hopefully Straily can replicate Tim Hudson's arrival on the scene.
   5. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: August 03, 2012 at 01:21 PM (#4199817)
Straily finally got added to the ESPN fantasy baseball player universe, but now he's going to go for $10 in our FAAB auction. Stupid ESPN.

/fantasy baseball whine no one else cares about
   6. Danny Posted: August 03, 2012 at 01:21 PM (#4199818)
A's SP debuts in the Beane era, sorted by game score:
                                                                   
Rk           Player          Date Opp    Rslt  IP H ER BB SO HR GSc
1      Aaron Harang    2002-05-25 TBD  W  6-0 7.0 3  0  3 10  0  78                                                                   
2       Blake Stein    1998-05-10 CHW  L  3-4 7.0 3  0  2  8  0  69                                                                   
3     Dallas Braden    2007-04-24 BAL  W  4-2 6.0 3  1  1  6  0  67
4       Rich Harden    2003-07-21 KCR  W  6-1 7.0 4  1  2  4  0  67                                                                   
5       Vin Mazzaro    2009-06-02 CHW  W  5-0 6.1 3  0  4  1  0  64                                                                   
6      A.J. Griffin    2012-06-24 SFG  W  4-2 6.0 3  2  1  4  1  61                                                                   
7      Bobby Cramer    2010-09-13 KCR  W  3-1 5.1 4  1  1  4  1  59
8        Barry Zito    2000-07-22 ANA  W 10-3 5.0 2  1  6  6  0  59                                                                   
9        Greg Smith    2008-04-09 TOR  W  6-3 6.0 2  2  5  5  0  58                                                                   
10     Shane Komine    2006-07-30 TOR  W  6-5 6.0 4  1  4  1  1  57                                                                   
11     Gio Gonzalez    2008-08-06 TOR  L  1-5 6.0 4  4  2  4  1  50                                                                   
12    Jason Windsor    2006-07-17 BAL  L  3-5 5.0 5  1  3  3  0  49
13      Mark Mulder    2000-04-18 CLE  W  8-5 6.0 5  4  3  6  2  49                                                                  
14       Tim Hudson    1999-06-08 SDP  L  3-5 5.0 7  3  4 11  1  48                                                                  
15    Trevor Cahill    2009-04-07 LAA  W  6-4 5.0 5  2  5  1  0  43                                                                   
16   Brett Anderson    2009-04-10 SEA  L  4-5 6.0 7  5  2  2  0  38                                                                   
17     Marcus Jones 2000-07-17(1) COL W 11-10 2.1 5  4  3  1  1  29                                                                   
18   Graham Godfrey    2011-06-10 CHW  W  7-5 4.1 9  5  2  2  1  25

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   7. Danny Posted: August 03, 2012 at 02:46 PM (#4199902)
Kurt Suzuki to the Nats for another Hawaiian catcher.
   8. Avoid running at all times.-S. Paige Posted: August 03, 2012 at 02:59 PM (#4199918)
Maybe Moneyball can buy you love? at least this season?
   9. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: August 03, 2012 at 04:48 PM (#4200026)
Looking forward to the game tonight. Hopefully Straily can replicate Tim Hudson's arrival on the scene.

Me, too.
Trying to talk Amazing GF into heading out to the Coliseum for Fireworks Night, but she made an extremely persuasive counteroffer.
We shall see.

Is a BBTF A's outing happening this year? Did I miss it somehow?
   10. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: August 03, 2012 at 05:10 PM (#4200068)
A's SP debuts in the Beane era, sorted by game score:

Rk Player Date Opp Rslt IP H ER BB SO HR GSc
...
10 Shane Komine 2006-07-30 TOR W 6-5 6.0 4 1 4 1 1 57


This might've been my favorite pitcher debut ever:
Pitch 1 - called strike down the middle, Komine asks for the ball, they roll it into the dugout, pitcher gets a nice hand.
Pitch 2 - batter deposits ball into LF stands. Welcome to the big leagues, Mr. Komine.
   11. T.J. Posted: August 03, 2012 at 05:21 PM (#4200082)
Straily still hasn't been added to the Yahoo! fantasy baseball player universe, and it's first-come, first-served in the league I'm in. I've been trying to claim him for the past day. And they only added Olt right before his major league debut. Stupid Yahoo!.

/fantasy baseball whine no one else cares about and only Matt Clement of Alexandria can appreciate
   12. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: August 03, 2012 at 05:28 PM (#4200093)
In my ESPN league Straily was added but does not clear waivers until Sunday.
   13. Kurt Posted: August 03, 2012 at 05:55 PM (#4200123)
Straily still hasn't been added to the Yahoo! fantasy baseball player universe, and it's first-come, first-served in the league I'm in. I've been trying to claim him for the past day. And they only added Olt right before his major league debut. Stupid Yahoo!.

My yahoo league has about four days of waivers after the player is added. Really, all minor league players should be available for pickup, if you can afford the bench slot.
   14. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: August 03, 2012 at 06:01 PM (#4200130)
I assume Griffin and Milone are the most likely to move to the pen, but neither seem to have the type of repertoire that benefits much from relieving (4 pitches, not much velocity).

Griffin was a closer in college supposedly. They could also send Parker someplace to limit his innings.
   15. The Fallen Reputation of Billy Jo Robidoux Posted: August 03, 2012 at 06:25 PM (#4200157)
Straily still hasn't been added to the Yahoo! fantasy baseball player universe


You can always try adding him manually using his player id #. Yahoo says he isn't allowed in my league.
   16. Petunia inquires about ponies Posted: August 03, 2012 at 10:04 PM (#4200313)
My yahoo league has about four days of waivers after the player is added. Really, all minor league players should be available for pickup, if you can afford the bench slot.

Yup. It really is just that the people at Yahoo are too lazy and/or uncaring to do this. At WORST a guy should be added when he gets called up to the big club; they can't even manage that.

You can always try adding him manually using his player id #. Yahoo says he isn't allowed in my league.

Wait, what? If I can't find him in a player search in the league, how would I know his player ID?
   17. Poster Nutbag Posted: August 03, 2012 at 10:28 PM (#4200322)
Is a BBTF A's outing happening this year? Did I miss it somehow?


I think it'd just be us two....so, August 31st Vs. Red Sox? LF or RF Bleachers?

;-)
   18. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: August 03, 2012 at 11:11 PM (#4200343)
I think it'd just be us two....so, August 31st Vs. Red Sox? LF or RF Bleachers?

;-)

I'd be down for RF, I think. Maybe I can even get Amazing GF out there for a game... September 14 is the last Fireworks Night, so that's another good possibility.
   19. Poster Nutbag Posted: August 03, 2012 at 11:27 PM (#4200352)
I know mine would be in to (PS, you stole that name! Makin' me look bad!)...I know I already have tix for each game from 31st-Sept. 4th.....but I'm sure I could talk her into the 14th too....keep me posted, I'd love to gather some steam and see if we can't get a good BBTF crowd out there!

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