Record by Runs Scored from BB Prospectus
TEAM-- W-L ; 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
ANA -- 95- 67; 0- 6 1-14 8-10 13-14 10-11 16- 5 9- 3 15- 2 5- 1
OAK -- 88- 74; 0-12 1-15 5-18 5-11 8- 8 17- 4 15- 4 5- 1 8- 1
The A's style simply got "MoneyBawled" in low scoring games.
Arte's 6 games better in Shut outs; A's = 0-12
Arte's 1 game better in 1 run games; A's = 1-15
Arte's 6 games better in 2 runs games; A's = 5-18
Arte's 6 games better in 3 runs games; A's 5-11
- My suspicions are the A's play TOO MANY games with "give it up" ineffective station-to-station offensive strategies vs better starting pitchers. There is a misplaced faith that they will get to the bullpen later and you just can't do that against better (Read winning) teams
- I believe it is due to this flawed dependency on this of date offensive philosophy and that Station-to-station offense works only when the A's are getting HRs and Extra Base Hits.
- Station-to-station works against some starting pitchers and bullpens and it is smart to continue that strategy with those opponents.
- Starters and Pens that are NOT susceptable to S-to-S strategy are well known, and documented. A different offensive strategy with a chance of winning such contests should be developed and worked on to make the A's a dominant "MoneyBall" team the way the book would have us believe.
- The A's must get agressive, steal, double-steal, hit by pitch, swing at first pitches, bunt for hits, ...when the opposing team's pitching has a history of limiting our offense to 3 or less runs.
- (April-May '04 & '05) Anemic hitting lineup should be repaired to avoid those excruciatingly S-L-O-W starts. (I can't watch that shit again)
- The A's lineup can be improved easily with a couple of XBH hitters for DH, Bench, and possible power upgrade(s) at other position(s).
- It seems the A's start TOO MANY games the same way they start too many seasons;
. . . S L O W W W W W
It also seems that A's "MoneyBall" to become "WinningBall" must change it's station-to-station philosophy for such games and develop valid offensive attacks vs MLB's better pitchers and bullpens.
Is MoneyBall capable of exploiting such obvious "market" inefficencies, or not?