The Last Week in A's Baseball

The A's finished 5-1 in their six games last week. Casey Pratt details the good and bad aspects of the week of May 31 in A's Nation.

In what had become one of the most tragic, and uplifting, weeks in A's baseball, the team and it's legion of fans addressed an impending sense of doom that cost even the great Billy Beane to lose a few nights of sleep, for the first time in years. However, the A's miraculously rose to the occasion and proved that no matter how important, or expensive a certain individual is, he is still only one man on a 40 man roster.

A's record for the week: Despite losing Eric Chavez, the A's continued to prove that they are one of the hardest teams in the league to defeat at home. They finished the week with 5 Wins and 1 Loss and 1.5 games out of first place in the American League West.

Golden Hitter For The Week: Cleanup man Jermaine Dye had an amazing week picking up the slack for his team with an impressive display of raw power, he was 7/22 which accumulated to a .318 batting average with 6 runs, 3 Dingers, 6 RBI's and a stolen base.

Honorable Mention: Eric Byrnes and Scott Hatteberg will get the runners up awards, both providing some much needed offense for the A's. Byrnes was 7/21 on the week with an average of .333 he had 4 runs 1 homer 2 rbi, while Hatty came up big with his 6/22 effort for a .273 average 1 run 1 homer 7 RBI's.

Greenest Hitter Of The Week: Erubiel Durazo slumped this week providing the A's with 3 hits in 17 at bats and only 1 run. No RBI's, no homeruns and a .176 average.

Say What?: The A's starters set a major league record this previous week with 7 straight no decisions. Jermaine Dye and Eric Karros (not known for their wheels) executed a double steal during Sundays game against the Jays.

Golden Pitcher Of The Week: Tim Hudson was the brightest star of the A's pitching staff this week. Hurling a complete game shut out against the Jays, he fanned 5 hitters and recieved the W for his efforts, single handedly ending the A's string of no decisions.

Greenest Pitcher Of The Week: Chris Hammond came into Friday's game looking a little rusty after not having made an appearance since the A's road trip to Boston. He pitched 1.1 innings with an ERA of 13.50 and a WHIP of 3.00 while striking out 1 hitter.

Big Ups For the Week go to: The A's coaching staff. Ken Macha did an excellent job piecing together last minute lineups without our main masher Eric Chavez. Curt Young's pitchers (especially the starters) were absolutely amazing, and even the bullpen was not too bad. Ron Washington gets love for his teaching skills, working with Esteban German at 3rd base. Not to mention the old school stir-ups he continually sports day in and day out. Keep up the great work, Wash, and keep doing it in style.

This week in numbers:
Runs Scored:  24
Runs Allowed: 16
K's: 43
Homeruns: 8
Homeruns: Dye 3 (10,11,12), Byrnes 1 (5), Crosby 1 (8), Kotsay 1 (WALK OFF) (1), Hatteberg 1 (6),  Kielty 1 WALK OFF (5)

What To Look Forward To: The A's will be starting interleague play next week. They currently have the best interleague record in the MLB since it began. The A's will be playing teams from the NL Central and, as usual, they will play a series at home and away vs the rival Giants.

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