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Monday, November 18, 2019

A’s GM David Forst says bullpen improvement main priority for 2020

MLB’s hot stove season has been lukewarm, to say the least, especially when it comes to the A’s. But they need arm help, especially in the bullpen.

Last year’s reliever squad sang a different tune from what we heard in 2018. The A’s led all of MLB with 30 blown saves last season, and that’s something A’s general manager David Forst wants to make sure doesn’t happen again.

“We need to get better. We need to try and catch the Astros and get out of that one-game playoff,” Forst told’s Martin Gallegos. “We have a number of things to do, but addressing the bullpen is definitely at the top of the list.”

The AL Wild Card has been a thorn in the A’s side in their last three playoff appearances. They’ve lost the wild-card game each time, including a 5-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays in October.

Mind you, current events being what they are, it may be about to be easier for them to catch the Astros than they are acknowledging here…..


QLE Posted: November 18, 2019 at 12:25 AM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Rally Posted: November 18, 2019 at 08:25 AM (#5901905)
Mind you, current events being what they are, it may be about to be easier for them to catch the Astros than they are acknowledging here…..

I don't know, in the short term the 2020 Astros will be OK even if Luhnow, Hinch, and other front office members get suspended for a long time, Crane gets fined a billion dollars, and they have to forfeit their entire draft and international budget.

Unless they start talking about long term suspensions for Verlander, Bregman, Correa, Altuve, and Springer the team on the field will still be fine.
   2. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: November 18, 2019 at 10:41 AM (#5901959)
Well, "Astros get caught..." does seem to be a recurring theme these days.
   3. Jose Canusee Posted: November 18, 2019 at 11:09 PM (#5902213)
If you subtract out the games they won after blowing a save and taking a typical team's save opportunity conversion that might make up the deficit in 2019. But Houston's starting pitching superiority might have meant fewer 4 inning save opps where 3 or 4 relievers all got a chance to blow a lead instead of 2.

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