After taking two of three against the Baltimore Orioles to open up the second half of the season, the Oakland Athletics host a three-game set against the Houston Astros, starting Tuesday. Houston visits the American League West leaders a mere 20.5 games back—however, the Astros proudly only sport the league’s second-worst record (41-58).
The A’s deserve some much-needed face time against the bottom-feeders, particularly after three consecutive series against teams (the San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners and Baltimore Orioles) that would be headed to the playoffs, were the season to end today. Oakland has not played a team with a non-winning ...
When handicapping baseball, most bettors start the process with starting pitching.
A great starting pitcher can completely take over a game and leave opposing offenses stymied. While a pitcher can do his part on the mound to hold back the opposing team's offense, there isn't much that he can do to get his own team's offense going.
For this reason, bettors must factor run support into their decision-making process. There are plenty of great pitchers who don't make great bets because they consistently fail to get much run support.
In many cases, these pitchers play for teams that don't produce much offense for any ...
Oakland Raiders cornerback D.J. Hayden missed eight games due to injury last season as a rookie. The 2014 NFL regular season is fast approaching and the talented defensive back may be in danger of missing even more time.
According to John Middlekauff of the Bay Area's 95.7 The Game, Hayden continues to nurse a foot injury that could keep him out for part of the preseason and perhaps beyond:
Hayden's injury history is a long one. Per Ray Aspuria of the Times-Standard, Hayden entered the NFL on the heels of suffering through a dangerous heart ailment. The Raiders still made ...
The Oakland Raiders have had an eventful and ultimately successful offseason. After adding several respected free agents and putting together an impressive draft class, the team looks to be vastly improved—at least on paper.
Of course, that doesn't mean anything if the team can't fulfill that promise on the field.
A successful training camp is absolutely crucial for the Raiders. With so many new faces, every member of the roster will be looking to find consistent playing time. It will be up to the coaching staff to sift through all of the personnel and all of the options in order to establish ...
The Oakland Raiders kick off training camp this week, and with it begin some interesting position battles to keep an eye on throughout the preseason.
There should be much more roster competition this year than there was in years past, and that goes a long way toward showing just how much the Raiders’ overall talent has improved in a short period of time.
Most of the competition will come at the skill positions on the offensive side of the ball, but a key battle in the secondary should have a significant impact on the success of the overall defense as well.
With predicted ...
The Oakland Raiders have had a successful offseason in 2014, but it hasn't been flawless.
The team entered the free-agency period with more than $60 million to spend, and the demand from the fans was high. They expected the team to make a push for any available big names.
However, this was never really a possibility.
The Raiders simply had too many holes to fill, and using up too much of that cap space on just one or two signings was not going to do them any good moving forward. The team needed to be careful when deciding which players to go after ...
The Oakland Raiders should be much improved in 2014 following what was their most productive offseason in recent memory.
However, the team is not without its fair share of question marks heading in, as there remain several areas of concern in regard to how the current roster shapes up.
If the Raiders can answer and/or solve all of which heading into the regular season, there is no reason why they shouldn’t find themselves in the thick of the AFC playoff picture coming down the stretch.
Here are the five biggest areas of concern for the Oakland Raiders heading into training camp.Begin Slideshow
With the trade deadline just over two weeks away, it may be easy to assume that the A’s will now stay quiet following the Jeff Samardzija trade and not make any more splashy moves. The team is already saturated with talent and without their two top prospects, Addison Russell and Billy McKinney, as trade bait.
But here is a scary thought if you are the rest of Major League Baseball: Not only did the A’s land two of the most coveted free-agent pitchers and become immediate World Series favorites, but now with a surplus of young, talented arms, they are primed ...
Not that the Oakland Athletics needed more good vibes in 2014, ending the first half with the best record in Major League Baseball and acquiring Jeff Samardzija before the All-Star break, but Yoenis Cespedes' performance in the Home Run Derby signals another dynamic shift in their season.
The A's slugger started off slow during Monday's event, with just three homers in the first round.
He then got stronger as the night went on by hitting 16 homers over the next two rounds before clubbing nine in the final round to beat Todd Frazier, who could muster just one in the finals.
Cespedes also ...
Training camps are fast approaching, and with them the opportunity for several players across the NFL to secure important positions in their teams' lineups. This is especially true for the Oakland Raiders, a team that has gone through a massive overhaul this offseason.
No matter where you look on the Oakland roster, you’re going to find a roster spot that is up for grabs. Fortunately for the Raiders, there are several players on the team primed and ready to take those spots.
Players like Rod Streater and Mychal Rivera have shown game-changing potential, and incoming rookies like Justin Ellis will enter training camp ...