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2014 Oakland Athletics season

The 2014 Oakland Athletics season was the 46th for the franchise at O.co Coliseum, as well as the 114th in club history. The Athletics entered the season hoping to win a third consecutive American League West championship; to that end, the team made a number of key signings and trades during the 2013-14 MLB offseason. Notably, Athletics traded outfielder Michael Choice for left fielder Craig Gentry and pitcher Josh Lindblom; they also traded the promising but oft-injured Brett Anderson for reliever Drew Pomeranz. Additional trades brought in relievers Fernando Abad (acquired for John Wooten), Luke Gregerson (acquired for Seth Smith), and Jim Johnson (acquired for Jemile Weeks and David Freitas). In free agency, the Athletics signed former All-Star starting pitcher Scott Kazmir to a two-year deal. These moves, among others, sought to bolster the depth of team's starting pitching and bullpen.

2014 Oakland Athletics
American League Wild Card
Oakland A's logo.svg
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record88–74 (.543)
Divisional place2nd
Other information
Owner(s)Lewis Wolff, John Fisher
General manager(s)Billy Beane
Manager(s)Bob Melvin
Local televisionComcast SportsNet California
(Glen Kuiper, Ray Fosse, Shooty Babitt)
Local radioKGMZ
(Ken Korach, Vince Cotroneo, Ray Fosse)
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Shortly before the season opener, the Athletics were dealt a huge blow when starting pitchers Jarrod Parker and A. J. Griffin were ruled out for the season. The team responded by promoting reliever Jesse Chavez (and, eventually, Drew Pomeranz) to the starting rotation. Despite this setback, the team raced out to an impressive start; by the All-Star Break, the Athletics had compiled a league-best record of 59-36. Unexpectedly strong performances by starting pitchers Scott Kazmir, Jesse Chavez, and Drew Pomeranz enabled much of this surge; the Athletics' red-hot hitters (particularly sluggers Josh Donaldson, Yoenis Céspedes, and Brandon Moss) also played a major role.

Despite their fantastic first-half performance, the Athletics remained locked in a tight battle for first place in the American League West. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, like the Athletics, had also raced out to an impressive start; at the All-Star Break, the Angels owned the league's second-best record (and, at 57-37, only trailed the Athletics by 1.5 games). In part because of this, the Athletics traded noted prospects Addison Russell and Billy McKinney, along with starting pitcher Dan Straily, to the Chicago Cubs for two starters (ace Jeff Samardzija and veteran Jason Hammel) on July 4th.

The Athletics continued to play well throughout July. Still, they failed to gain significant ground on the Angels. On July 31, with a scant 2.5 game lead over Los Angeles, the Athletics stunned the league by trading Yoenis Céspedes for all-star starter Jon Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes. In the week immediately following the trade, things went well for the team; by August 9th, they had upped their lead over the Angels to four games. From that point forward, however, the A's were met with disaster. An historic collapse, defined largely by ineffective hitting and a spate of narrow losses, saw Oakland tumble in the American League standings; all told, the team won just 16 of its final 46 games. The Athletics only managed to clinch an AL Wild-Card berth on the final day of the regular season. The team finished some ten games behind the Angels, who clinched the league's best record with an impressive 98-64 finish.

The Athletics met the Kansas City Royals in the 2014 American League Wild Card Game. The Athletics held a 7-3 lead over the Royals through seven innings; a furious Royals rally, however, saw the Royals tie the game by scoring three runs in the eighth inning and one run in the ninth. In the 12th inning, the Athletics' took an 8-7 lead on an Alberto Callaspo line drive; the Royals, however, would again rally for a 9-8 walk-off victory (their first playoff win in 29 years). The Athletics did not reach the postseason again until the 2018 season.

Regular seasonEdit

Oakland's 2014 season was full of ups and downs. They held the best record in the MLB at (59-36) going into the All-Star break, and were ranked by the Bleacher Report as the number one team in Major League Baseball. By mid-August, however, the Athletics had quickly begun losing ground in the AL race with a record of (11-25) through a 36-game span from August 10, to September 19, and were in the midst of what some called an historic collapse. General manager Billy Beane and his well-known "Moneyball" strategy came under increased scrutiny when Oakland made several personnel transactions, the most significant of which was finalized on July 31, 2014, while they still maintained a 2-game division lead over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. This deal sent All Star left fielder Yoenis Céspedes to the Boston Red Sox in return for starting pitcher Jon Lester and veteran outfielder Jonny Gomes.[1][2] They would finish the season with a record of (88-74) and finished the second half of the year with a (29-38) record. Ended the season 10 games out of first place behind the Angels, and barely clinched the 2nd Wild Card spot just one game ahead of division rival, Seattle Mariners.[3]

American League WestEdit

AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 98 64 0.605 52–29 46–35
Oakland Athletics 88 74 0.543 10 48–33 40–41
Seattle Mariners 87 75 0.537 11 41–40 46–35
Houston Astros 70 92 0.432 28 38–43 32–49
Texas Rangers 67 95 0.414 31 33–48 34–47


American League Wild CardEdit

Division Leaders W L Pct.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 98 64 0.605
Baltimore Orioles 96 66 0.593
Detroit Tigers 90 72 0.556


Wild Card teams
(Top 2 qualify for 1-game playoff)
W L Pct. GB
Kansas City Royals 89 73 0.549 +1
Oakland Athletics 88 74 0.543
Seattle Mariners 87 75 0.537 1
Cleveland Indians 85 77 0.525 3
New York Yankees 84 78 0.519 4
Toronto Blue Jays 83 79 0.512 5
Tampa Bay Rays 77 85 0.475 11
Chicago White Sox 73 89 0.451 15
Boston Red Sox 71 91 0.438 17
Houston Astros 70 92 0.432 18
Minnesota Twins 70 92 0.432 18
Texas Rangers 67 95 0.414 21


Record against opponentsEdit

Final season record
2014 AL Records

Source: AL Standings Head-to-Head
Team BAL BOS CWS CLE DET HOU KC LAA MIN NYY OAK SEA TB TEX TOR NL
Baltimore 11–8 5–1 3–4 1–5 4–3 3–4 4–2 4–3 13–6 2–4 5–2 12–7 6–1 11–8 12–8
Boston 8–11 4–3 2–5 1–5 4–3 6–1 2–5 4–2 7–12 3–4 1–5 9–10 4–2 7–12 9–11
Chicago 1–5 3–4 9–10 9–10 3–3 6–13 1–5 9–10 2–5 4–3 3–4 5–2 2–4 5–2 11–9
Cleveland 4–3 5–2 10–9 8–11 5–2 10–9 2–5 11–8 4–3 2–4 2–4 4–2 6–1 2–4 10–10
Detroit 5–1 5–1 10–9 11–8 4–3 13–6 3–4 9–10 3–4 5–2 2–4 3–4 4–3 1–5 12–8
Houston 3–4 3–4 3–3 2–5 3–4 3–3 7–12 3–3 4–2 8–11 9–10 2–5 11–8 4–3 5–15
Kansas City 4–3 1–6 13–6 9–10 6–13 3–3 3–3 11–8 4–3 5–2 2–5 4–2 5–1 4–3 15–5
Los Angeles 2–4 5–2 5–1 5–2 4–3 12–7 3–3 7–0 2–4 10–9 7–12 5–2 14–5 5–2 12–8
Minnesota 3–4 2–4 10–9 8–11 10–9 3–3 8–11 0–7 3–4 1–6 5–2 2–4 2–5 4–2 9–11
New York 6–13 12–7 5–2 3–4 4–3 2–4 3–4 4–2 4–3 2–4 3–3 8–11 4–3 11–8 13–7
Oakland 4–2 4–3 3–4 4–2 2–5 11–8 2–5 9–10 6–1 4–2 9–10 4–2 9–10 4–3 13–7
Seattle 2–5 5–1 4–3 4–2 4–2 10–9 5–2 12–7 2–5 3–3 10–9 4–3 9–10 4–3 9–11
Tampa Bay 7–12 10–9 2–5 2–4 4–3 5–2 2–4 2–5 4–2 11–8 2–4 3–4 5–2 8–11 10–10
Texas 1–6 2–4 4–2 1–6 3–4 8–11 1–5 5–14 5–2 3–4 10–9 10–9 2–5 2–4 10–10
Toronto 8–11 12–7 2–5 4–2 5–1 3–4 3–4 2–5 2–4 8–11 3–4 3–4 11–8 4–2 13–7


Schedule and resultsEdit

Game logEdit

Legend
Athletics Win Athletics Loss Game Postponed / Tie Home Game
2014 Game Log
Total: 88-74 (Home: 48-33; Away: 40-41)

Post-seasonEdit

Wild Card GameEdit

The 2014 American League Wild Card game took place on September 30, 2014 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. The Oakland Athletics took on the Kansas City Royals. Oakland went out to an early lead after a first inning 2-run home run from Brandon Moss, scoring Coco Crisp. Kansas City responded in the bottom half of the inning, and trimmed Oakland's Lead to 1 after a Billy Butler single, scoring Nori Aoki. The Royals later took the lead in the 3rd inning, following two RBI singles from Lorenzo Cain, and Eric Hosmer. In the top of the 6th inning, Brandon Moss hit his second homerun of the game, which scored Sam Fuld and Josh Donaldson. Followed by RBI singles from Derek Norris and Coco Crisp, making the score 7-3 Oakland after 6 innings. The Royals then scored 3 more runs in the bottom of the 8th inning, making the score 7-6. Kansas City would later tie the game in the bottom of the 9th using their well documented "small ball" techniques, and scored from an Aoki sacrifice fly, sending the game to extra innings. Both teams remained scoreless until the top of the 12th, where Alberto Callaspo scored Josh Reddick on a single to left field, which put the Athletics up 8-7. In the bottom of the 12th Kansas city rallied back, and tied the game on an infield single, and later won the game in walk-off fashion on a Salvador Pérez single down the 3rd base line. The 2014 AL Wild Card playoff game became the longest game in the history of the MLB wild card. The Royals would later continue their hot streak, and found themselves in the 2014 World Series, where they later lost to the San Francisco Giants.[4][5]

Postseason game logEdit

2014 Postseason Game Log
Total: 0-1 (Home: 0-0; Away: 0-1)


RosterEdit

All-starsEdit

The following players represented the Athletics at the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game:

  • 3B Josh Donaldson
  • C Derek Norris
  • 1B Brandon Moss
  • OF Yoenis Céspedes
  • LHP Sean Doolittle
  • LHP Scott Kazmir

Farm systemEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.sfgate.com/sports/jenkins/article/A-s-trade-of-Yoenis-C-spedes-has-backfired-5744915.php
  2. ^ http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2135942-mlb-power-rankings-where-all-30-mlb-teams-stand-after-the-all-star-break/page/30
  3. ^ http://oakland.athletics.mlb.com/mlb/standings/?c_id=oak#20140928
  4. ^ http://scores.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=340930107
  5. ^ Major League Baseball wild-card game#American League
  6. ^ Leventhal, Josh, ed. (2014). Baseball America 2015 Almanac. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America. ISBN 978-1-932391-54-1.

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