2019 Oakland Athletics Season Preview and Betting Picks
2019 Oakland Athletics
Owner – John Fisher
General Manager – David Frost
Manager – Bob Melvin
Stadium Venue: Oakland Coliseum
Location: Oakland, California
The 2019 Oakland Athletics are hoping they can one-up the 2018 Oakland Athletics and make a return to the postseason.
In 2018, the Athletics went to the American League Wild Card game but were dominated by the big bats of the New York Yankees.
The Athletics are hoping that this success will carry over into the 2019 season and shooting for improvement to get them past the first round elimination.
2019 Oakland Athletics Management
The Oakland A’s are led by three time Manager of the Year, Bob Melvin. Melvin has won the Manager of the Year in 2007, 2012 and last year, in 2018. Melvin has had success in both the American League and National League as a Manager, and will now look to go from taking the Oakland Athletics from Wild-Card team to World Series contending team.
Melvin had a losing record with the two teams he managed prior to the Oakland Athletics. He went 156-168 in 324 games with the Seattle Mariners and then 337-340 in 677 games with the Arizona Diamondbacks. His record with the Oakland Athletics is fairly impressive, with a record of 634-599 in 1233 games.
2018 Oakland Athletics Recap
The Oakland Athletics were one of baseball’s best stories in 2018. They went from being 12 games under .500 in 2017 with a record of 75-87 to posting a record of 97-65 in 2018 and playing in the American League Wild-Card game.
The Athletics went on to drop the AL Wild-Card game to the New York Yankees by the score of 7-2 but coming in 3 games shy of 100 wins is a sign of things to come. That was the most wins that the team has recorded since 2002.
Oakland Athletics Offseason Signings and Departures
The Oakland Athletics stayed true to their “Moneyball” theories and didn’t really spend a lot of money in the offseason. They were able to maintain the bulk of their lineup and pitching staff. They complimented the lineup by going out and picking up a few fill-in players but no one that will really turn your head. The following is the offseason signings and departures for the 2019 Oakland Athletics:
- February 15, 2019 Agreed to terms with OF Robbie Grossman on a one-year contract.
- February 13, 2019 Agreed to terms with LHP Brett Anderson on a one-year contract.
- January 25, 2019 Agreed to terms with RHP Marco Estrada on a one-year contract.
- January 22, 2019 Claimed RHP Parker Bridwell off waivers from the L.A. Angels.
- January 11, 2019 Agreed to terms with LHP Sean Manaea, INFs Jurickson Profar and Marcus Semien and OFs Mark Canha and Khris Davis on one-year contracts.
- January 10, 2019 Agreed to terms with LHP Ryan Buchter on a one-year contract.
- December 24, 2018 Agreed to terms with RHP Mike Fiers on a two-year contract.
- December 21, 2018 Agreed to terms with RHP Joakim Soria on a two-year contract.
- December 21, 2018 Traded RHP Emilio Pagan and a 2019 competitive balance round A draft pick to Tampa Bay.
- December 11, 2018 Agreed to terms with C Chris Herrmann on a one-year contract.
- December 1, 2018 Traded RHP Wilkin Ramos to Pittsburgh to complete an earlier trade.
- November 30, 2018 Agreed to terms with RHP Ryan Dull and RHP Liam Hendriks on one-year contracts.
- November 20, 2018 Acquired RHP Tanner Anderson from the Pittsburgh Pirates for a player to be named later or cash.
- October 31, 2018 Exercised their 2019 option on RHP Fernando Rodney.
2019 Oakland Athletics Projected Lineup
The Athletics kept the majority of their lineup intact and are just a player or two away from being phenomenal. This unit is young but they are exciting and it is the same basic lineup that took them to the AL Wild-Card game in 2018.
- Nick Martini – OF
- Marcus Semien – SS
- Stephen Piscotty – OF
- Khris Davis – DH
- Matt Olson – 1B
- Matt Chapman – 3B
- Jurickson Profar – 2B
- Ramon Laureano – OF
- Chris Herrmann – C
2019 Oakland Athletics Pitching Staff
The Oakland Pitching staff isn’t really one that you would be intimidated by but what it does do is provide lots of reliability. The Oakland Athletics rely heavily on having one of the top bullpens in the American League.
The A’s are going to hope that their bullpen can be strong again this year in an offensive heavy division.
- Mike Fiers
- Paul Blackburn
- Chris Bassitt
- Jesus Luzardo
- Marco Estrada
2019 Oakland Athletics Outlook and Betting Preview
The Oakland Athletics on paper, may not seem like a very strong team but they have heart and they work together as a team. They may not have the big name stars that some other teams have but that shouldn’t matter, as this team is very talented and should be taken seriously!
This team is catching some other teams within their division on down years and that will only help the A’s. I look for them to be very competitive this year and at the very least, compete once again in the American League Wild-Card game.
Our friends over at MyBookie have the Oakland Athletics listed as +2500 to win the World Series. They also have them listed at +1200 to win the AL Pennant and +700 to win the AL West.
I really like Oakland from a betting standpoint this year. I think they have the ability to shock some people and contend for the AL Pennant and potentially a World Series Championship.
Be sure you check out the 2019 MLB Season Preview and Betting Guide to see more team previews and an overall outline on the 2019 MLB Season.