Like the article, but Parker hasn’t long been a top talent because of that changeup. Pre-TJ he could touch 97 with a plus-plus slider. Since TJ, he throws a tick or two slower and his slider is still a good pitch but not plus-plus. From what I’ve heard, the changeup transformation started some last year and really gained momentum starting this year.
Was at this game. Electric atmosphere. Parker really cemented himself as the leader of the A’s pitching staff in this game. Tough kid.
Perhaps even more impressive performances which won’t get written up were (1) Coco Crisp accounting for 3 of the A’s four runs shortly after sitting out with pinkeye, and (2) the A’s bullpen completely dominating the Rangers in the last three innings. Doolittle, Cook as Balfour had their collective finest hour.
I would love it if the As took the division. One game left and they are still in it. All those preseason magazines and papers picked Oakland and the Nationals last. RTFLMAO
Comment by kiss my GO NATS — October 3, 2012 @ 3:21 am
Who picked the Nationals to finish below the Mets?
Comment by Ivan Grushenko — October 3, 2012 @ 4:57 am
Could you possibly have written this article in a more annoying way? A new low for precious sub-Cistulli (a real achievement) DFW-biting awfulness.
Comment by Boof Bonser — October 3, 2012 @ 6:51 am
Who, with a brain, picked the Nats to finish after the marlins?
Comment by Antonio bananas — October 3, 2012 @ 7:04 am
Great analysis. I am tired of hearing that no one thought the A’s would compete this year. If you knew anything about minor league players and prospects you knew that they A’s would be tough. If they had gotten 90 plus starts out of Anderson, McCarthy, and Braden they probably would have had the best record in MLB. The fact that they have accomplished what they have without their projected 1, 2, and 3 starters makes the 2012 A’s one of the greatest Cinderella stories in recent memories. I laugh when I hea Yankee and Red Sox fans whining about injuries when the A’s have had over 100 starts by rookie pitchers. The 2012 A’s have provided me with oneof the most exciting seasons in my life and may change MLB for the better.
Comment by david hathaway — October 3, 2012 @ 9:58 am
Someone gif every changeup James Shields threw last night. Nasty.