Another team that has come away with a steal in a trade, the A's acquisition of Josh Reddick (82%) for Andrew Bailey has been a break the A's have longed for. At the break, Reddick has hit 20 long balls while driving in 43 runs and scoring 52! Granted Reddick hit half of his HRs in May, Reddick has been hot again in July with 9 hits in 7 games including 5 doubles and 2 dingers. Reddick's only issue is that no one else seems to get on base for the A's. Reddick would have 60+ RBI on almost every other team.
Fellow outfielder Yoenis Cespedes (71%) has been another pleasant surprise early on even with all the injuries. Even missing 30 some odd games, Cespedes still has 36 RBI and 9 HRs. If and thats a big IF, Yeonis can stay healthy the second half, he should provide fantasy owners with 12-15 HRs and another 35+ RBI.
1B prospect Chris Carter (1%) was called up the week before the break, and slugged 3 home runs driving in 5 and scoring 6 times. He has failed to produce at the Major League level in the past 2 seasons, but if Carter settles down, he provides fantasy owners with a nice waiver option. He is a guy who has 25+ 2B and 25+ HR power while batting a .260 over a full season.
Another ex-Red Sox player, Brandon Moss (9%) has somehow managed to hit 10 HRs in just 87 ABs. Those 10 dingers have led to 18 RBI and 15 Runs scored. Of all the A's though Ross is the one guys I would be weary of.
It's hard to imagine that an A's club that has Coco Crisp (31%) hitting just .236 and Jemile Weeks (35%) hitting just .222 that they are 43-43 at the break. Clearly there pitching staff has been great.
Tyson Ross is the only Athletics starter with an ERA above 4.00. Bartolo Colon (20%) and Tommy Milone (38%) have each logged over 100 first half innings while combining to win 14 games. Both have allowed too many long balls, but by owning low WHIPs they do little damage. Both are solid starters going forward.
Jarrod Parker (54%), acquired in the Trevor Cahill deal, has been sensational over his 14 starts. He owns a 2.86 ERA and a .216 BAA. He is a must own in the second half.
Brandon McCarthy (46%) is having trouble staying healthy, just 12 starts, but has pitched some gems. In 78 innings he has 2.54 ERA with a 1.21 WHIP earning 6 wins. When healthy, he is a must start.
The bullpen has had its issues but Ryan Cook (57%), also acquired for Cahill, has been lights out with a 1.41 ERA, 0.89 WHIP .105 BAA and 39 Ks in 38.1 innings pitched earning 8 saves since June. He has not allowed a run in 15 of his last 16 appearances. If you need relief help you MUST add Ryan Cook.
AL East - Boston Red Sox
AL Central - Cleveland Indians
NL East - New York Mets
NL Central - Pittsburgh Pirates
NL West - San Diego Padres