Monday, October 20, 2014

Double K’s Take: The Oakland Athletics and the 2014 season…


                                                                                                As I sit here and watch the UCLA vs CAL football game I think back over this year and I am immediately drawn to the rise and fall of my team the Oakland Athletics. This year looked to be THE YEAR for the Green and Gold, but when the final out was had the A’s surrendered to a team of destiny in the Kansas City Royals. Im not guaranteeing a series win for the Royals but it does seem to be THEIR YEAR. I look at a season that early on lead a lot of people to know that the Oakland A’s are for real and they were led by a young Sonny Gray and a revived Scott Kazmir. To open the season the Athletics had a deep starting rotation…


                                                                                                A rotation that was filled with names like Griffin and Parker, both pitchers suffered season ending injuries to open the season. That’s when Gray stepped up and Kazmir followed as both had amazing 1st halves of the season and lead the Athletics to the best record in baseball early. Then came September and that Athletics fell apart. A lot of people want to blame the trade of two time all star and home run champ Yoenis Cespedes. But I say that they lost more I the locker room than at the plate. The Athletics other big bats Moss, Norris and Donaldson all went cold at the same time, there is nothing to say that the same thing wouldn’t have happened even with Cespedes (Who was batting .256 at time of infamous “Lester trade”). Then after that the Athletics starters began to unravel as the likes of Jeff Samardja and Jason Hammel began to struggle and even Grey and Kazmir hard rough 2nd halves…


                                                                                                Then came the back end of the second half when the Athletics were able barley hold on and make the Wild Card game after leading the west and most of baseball for about ¾ of the year. It was what some would consider a epic collapse, and I would be hard pressed to be able to argue the point against it. From 1st to the second WC spot in less than two months is a pretty far fall. But I remind you that the Brewers were up there with the Athletics early in the season and fell to completely out of the playoffs. So my point is that it could have been a lot worse for the A’s. Now at the end of the day the Royals used an amazing comeback in the bottom of the 7th, 8th and extra innings, against a very good Athletics bullpen and some questionable calls by manager Bob Melvin in the Wild Card game the Athletics sit at home and watch their cross town rivals look to eliminate the same team that eliminated them. For the 2nd time in 3 years, but as a Athletics fan I know that there is always next year but we will be without Lester and without Hammell and Dunn. We will be returning some great players and have a competitive team but they wont be this team the one that truly lost a magical chance…

Here are some of your regular season leaders for 2014…

Leader in Wins: SP Scott Kazmir (15 wins)












Leader in ERA: RP Fernando Abad (1.57 ERA)








Leader in Saves: RP Sean Doolittle (22 Saves)








Leader in IP: SP Sonny Gray (219 IP)
Leader in SO: SP Sonny Gray (183 SO)









Leader in Runs Scored: 3B Josh Donaldson (93 R)
Leader in Hits: 3B Josh Donaldson (155 H)
Leader in Doubles: 3B Josh Donalson (31 2B)
Leader in Home Runs: 3B Josh Donalson (29 HR)
Leader in RBI’s: 3B Josh Donaldson (98 RBI)
Leader in Walks: 3B josh Donaldson (76 BB)




















Leader in Triples:  OF Josh Reddick (7 3B)









Leader in Strikeouts: OF/1B Brandon Moss (153 SO)






Leader in Stolen Bases: OF Craig Gentry (20 SB)










Leader in .AVG: 1B Kyle Blanks (.333 AVG)


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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Double K’s Take: The Oakland Athletics at the trade deadline 2014…


                                                                                                This year’s Oakland Athletics team came into this season with a very strong lineup and pitching staff. The pitching staff was so good that they lost two of their best (Griffin and Parker) and still were able to be one of the best starting five in baseball. But that wasn’t enough for A’s GM Billy Beane he wanted a team that could stand with the best of them and to me it looks like he has put together that team. Some would say that Beane is going “all in” for this season. I think that he is too but I think that he has also set them up for success in coming years. As for 2014 let’s take a look at the key pieces that I think the A’s got themselves in this very active trade deadline and what they lost…


#1 SP Jon Lester (10-7, 2.52 ERA, 149 SO) from the Boston Red Sox: This was a huge pickup with the postseason in mind. Lester not only is an ace on any staff that he is on but he is one of the best pitchers in recent memory in October and November. So we will not know the true value of the trade for him until the postseason gets here…


#2 SP Jeff Samardja (2-1, 3.19 ERA, 27 SO) from the Chicago Cubs: This was a trade that no one saw coming kind of like the Lester trade. The only difference is that what the Athletics gave up to get the Shark is a lot less than what they gave up to get Lester. But this one was another win now trade that put the A’s in position to get to the Series in 2014…


#3 OF Sam Fuld (.212 avg., 1 HR, 4 RBI, .297 OBP)(Twins) and OF Jonny Gomes (.234 avg., 6 HR, 32 RBI, .329 OBP)(Red Sox): Now these two guys were both picked up on deadline day and both will be looked to, to replace the offense lost by the trade of Cespsdes. Neither guy is a power hitter but both are smart at the plate and understand what manager Bob Melvin wants being that they both have played for the A’s in recent years…

                                                                                                Now remember in order to get something in the MLB you have to give something up. In order to get the Shark the Athletics had to give up some of their future in top prospect Addison Russell and in order to get a ace like Jon Lester the A’s had to give up their 2 time HR Derby champ and All Star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. Was it worth it?, Only time will tell but this is what they gave up to get these guys…


#1 OF Yoenis Cespedes (.256 avg, 17HR, 67RBI, .303 OBP) to the Boston Red Sox: Cespedes was one guy that I have hated to see go. Mainly because I think that this guy is going to hit a lot of homeruns throughout his career and I wanted that to happen in the Green and Gold. Instead he will spend at least the next two years in Boston, but getting back a pitcher that can help us win a title this year makes it worth it to this A’s fan…


#2 SP Tommy Milone (6-3, 3.55 ERA, 61 SO) to Minnesota Twins: Milone asked to be traded after he had a great run of games before being sent down to the minors to make room for the Shark and Hammel. So at the trade deadline the A’s gave him his wish and he is now a Twin and hopefully can be successful in his future endeavors….


#3 SP Dan Straily (1-2, 4.93 ERA, 34 SO)(Cubs) and SS Addison Russell (N/A)(Cubs):Now these two guys were not a big loss for the Athletics only because Straily started the season In the rotation and struggled before being sent down and traded and Russell was a non factor in AA with a lot of potential to make it to the majors. So these two will make a impact down the road but they could help Oakland now so its not a loss to lose them to the Cubs…

                                                                                                Overall I think that these moves made the A’s a more dangerous team especially come October when pitching really matters. So keep an eye on one of the teams that was busiest during the trade deadline. Can the Athletics win a World Series this year? I think they can they have all the pieces in place to get it done, they just have to get to October so they can show the rest of the league…

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Double K’s Take: The San Francisco 49ers loaded Wide Receiving core….


                                                                                                                This year’s niners team is loaded in so many area’s from the quarterback position to the running back position, the defensive line to the amazing line backer core. But for the purpose of this article we are going to focus on the wide out position. I say wide out because I am also going to include the tight ends in this article. So lets first look at the starters then I will take a look at receivers and tight ends who I think can and will make an impact this season regardless of time on the field. Now let’s look at the starting 4…


WR1 – Michael Crabtree (Drafted in 2009 by SF) (Career: 279rec 3,629yrds 22TD, 2013*: 19rec 284yrds 1TD): Crabtree came into the league as a diva and he still remains one. This wide out though has proven to be worth the trouble. When he is on the field the dynamic of the defense changes because you know that he is a threat to go to the house at any moment. He has been the target of Seahawks defensive back Richard Sherman’s barbs for most of the offseason. Let’s hope that helps him develop even faster in the wide out he has the potential to be. I can see him going for over 1,000yrds if he can stay healthy and stay on the field. He is just the first of the 49ers weapons I think that will be crucial to Kapernick’s success…


WR2 – Anquan Boldin (Drafted in 2003 by ARI) (Career: 857rec 11,344yrds 65TD, 2013: 85rec 1,179yrds 7TD): Boldin is the veteran of the group and the only one that is a Super Bowl champion. When Boldin first came over from the Ravens I knew he would have impact and he did pretty much from game one until Crabtree hit the field Boldin was the number one option on most plays. He put up decent numbers in his first year with the team but I think we have yet to see what Bolding truly has to offer when he isn’t the only viable weapon on the field. This year will be that year when he can show exactly why he was a first round pick of the Arizona Cardinals 11 years ago…


WR3 – Steve Johnson (Drafted in 2008 by BUF) (Career: 301rec 3,832yrds 28TD, 2013: 52rec 597yrds 3TD): Steve Johnson is the second major addition to the wide receiving corps in the past two seasons. I think that this is the best thing that could have happened for his career. He comes to a place where he doesn’t have to be the man, all he has to do is go out there and perform. He has the talent with his 6+ foot frame and a little over 200 lbs he should be able to give most nickel corners fits when he gets out there and makes plays. Overall great addition that that will help them come playoff time as he bounces between the 2-3 spots on the depth chart…



TE1 – Vernon Davis (Drafted in 2006 by SF) (Career: 397rec 5,201yrds 53TD, 2013: 52rec 850yrds 13TD): With Vernon finally showing up at training camp this team can begin to dream. These four men will give most defenses too many targets to cover. But Vernon is pretty much the most important piece to the puzzle because he will open up things for Boldin and Crabtree. Vernon is a true deep threat and can run routs better than most of the tight ends in the NFL. When the season begins if all of these guys are healthy expect the 49ers offense to be pretty potent!!...

                                                                                                                And then there are the guys that I think will see play time and when they do they will have an impact on this team’s ability to win in the postseason. Coach Harbaugh was known for his depth with the Cardinal and I think he has built a similar team here that can win on a consistent basis. Here are a couple of the guys I think will provide that impact!!...








WR4 – Quinton Patton (Drafted in 2013 by SF) (Career: 3rec 34yrds 0TD): Patton was drafted two years ago and never really given a chance to break into the starting lineup. This year won’t be any different with three solid starters in place but he will get his chance to be on the field. I think if he can just make sure to perform well when he is on the field he will continue to get more playing time in. He is a quick and small which will allow him to be elusive and I think that he will also make a good slot rotation receiver when Johnson is tired…









WR5 – Bruce Ellington (Drafted in 2014 by SF) (Rookie): Ellington like Patton is small and quick, I don’t think he will be getting a lot of playtime this season. Where I think he will make his impact will be on special teams. This kid can make some big plays in that area and I think that will result in him getting a roster spot and developing within this offense he was a steal with where the Niners were able to get him in the draft. Let’s see if that steal will pay off with on the field and during the season…







TE2 – Vance McDonald (Drafted in 2013 by SF) (Career: 8rec 119yrds 0TD): Harbaugh used former tight end Delanie Walker a lot during the 49ers first run to the NFC Championship game. I think that Vance will fill a similar role in his second year. He is a very talented athlete who struggled in his rookie season but I think that he will have a breakout year this year and will work his way into regular rotation as the season progresses. I personally think he is capable of having a 500+ yard season if he remains productive and progressing at the same rate. So look for these three to have impact in their own ways but all will be a part of what I expect to be a successful season in 2014-15…

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Double K’s Take: The Warriors off season sofar…


                                                                                                                If you have been watching ESPN like everyone else you know that the Golden State Warriors have not been very loud this offseason. They have made a couple of moves that I think will help the team but they haven’t really made any huge splashes!! Well I may be wrong about that the 1st move that the Warriors made after their 1st round exit from the playoffs was firing the 1st man to take the Warriors to the playoffs in back to back seasons in over 20 years!! Mark Jackson was a great coach and he really did nothing wrong, he was a great coach and most of the roster was devoted to him. I do believe that he will find a job elsewhere in the NBA!! After that the Warriors shocked the NBA world by hiring another in experienced Head Coach in former player and GM Steve Kerr. Kerr takes the job over the Knicks job and coaching for his mentor Phil Jackson. The roster he has inherited isn’t a bad one at all but they are still trying to add pieces to make it better so let’s get into that a little bit…


Warriors are in talks to trade for the Timberwolves PF Kevin Love – This has been a ongoing thing for the past couple of months. There have been reports that the holdup is that the Warriors are unwilling to part with SG Klay Thompson in the deal and Minnesota wants him badly. I personally think you keep Thompson of the table because the thought of having a starting lineup that consist of the “Splash Brothers” Curry & Thompson, Igodala, Love and Bogut in the front court. That is a starting 5 that can have NBA Western Conference Finals, if not NBA Finals aspirations. But we have yet to see this deal come to fruition so for now all it is, is a dream. Also the LeBron James situation has pulled Loves interest to two teams and the Cavaliers have more to offer the Wolves than the Warriors so it looks like we are going to have to sit back relax and watch the cards fall…


Warriors sign G Shaun Livingston and F Brandon Rush to contracts – These two guys make sense for what the Warriors are trying to do. Rush is a former Warrior who performed well when he was with the team and to his credit is a very good defensive forward. He can come in and give Igudala a rest and allow the team not to miss a beat on the defensive end. Livingston can provide a rest for Thompson from time to time and once again not lose a beat on the defensive side of the court. But both will be critical to the bench if the Warriors are going to contend in the Western Conference. These are the 1st two new pieces to Kerr’s Warriors, lets see what he can do with them…




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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Double K’s Take: The LeBron James situation…

The LeBron James Situation…


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              So after all the hub bub and a very long wait the prodigal son is returning to Cleveland. That’s right something that I thought was never going to happen has become fact. This offseason started out with the inevitable with Carmelo Anthony opting out of his contract In New York. A little south of the Big Apple down in Miami the King made his decision to opt out of his contract with the defending Eastern Conference Champions. Now when Bosh and Wade opted out of their contracts I thought for sure that this was all part of the master plan. That LeBron and his buddies had planned this all out to save Miami some money under the cap to allow them to go after some of the top free agents that were available this summer…


                                                                                                                                                That is not what turned out to be; once again the decision was the focus of everything that I saw on ESPN. Where was LeBron going to go? (The whole time I thought for sure he was resigning maybe even taking a pay cut to bring them more help to the Heat!!) Who would follow him back to Miami or any other destination he went to? Then there were the rumors that the Cavaliers had made enough moves to have the cap space to bring him home!! (Still didn’t think it was going to happen!). Then the fateful day came and the announcement was made “LeBron James was going home, he was going back to Cleveland” (What!?!) The more disturbing part was the reaction of the Cleveland fans that a little over a year ago were still hoping that he would choke on those darn title rings he won in Miami. They somehow miraculously forgave him for everything and were ready to accept him home as the prodigal man!!...


                                                                                                                                                Now with that story told let’s look at the Cavaliers moving forward. There are rumors that the team can get all star forward Kevin Love away from the T’Wolves and that is a very scary thought. That combination of players would result in Cleveland being an instant contender for the Eastern Conference crown with the Bulls who just added former Lakers PF Pau Gasol to replace Carlo Boozer who they will most likely amnesty for salary cap reasons. Let’s not jump the gun though that trade has not been made and the roster as constituted is really young and really talented but I don’t know if they are truly ready for where LeBron can take them. I know that they are the “Vegas Favorites” to win the title in 2014-15 seasons. I personally don’t like this because I don’t have as much faith in what this young roster can do. I definitely think that this team has a lot of potential but are they championship ready? This guy here says that you have to wait for things to really be good and LeBron put them on a two year clock that might expire after a year if the King isn’t happy. I think that he is poised for a long stay in Cleveland I just don’t know how many titles are in the city with him…

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