Scott Sizemore Making Contribution in Oakland

If you hadn’t been paying attention (and Oakland is, after all, 3 time zones away) Scott Sizemore did get the callup by Billy Beane three weeks ago and has been playing regularly for the A’s ever since.  It is no secret that Scott Sizemore underperformed in a Tigers uniform this year, when he was shipped out of Detroit he was batting .222 and slugging a meager .238.  The only thing he was doing right was drawing walks, so logically the only destination for him would be Oakland, right?

Fortunately (if you are a fan of Scott Sizemore) or unfortunately (if you are a foe of Ryan Raburn) Sizemore has turned his season around in Oakland.  In 17 games, Scotty Size has a slash line of .309/.377/.436.  I don’t think I need to mention how much better those numbers look than what Ryan Raburn has been giving the Tigers.  But, hey, at least we got David Purcey, right?

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  • John Parent

    It’s not usually a good idea to judge trades quickly, but this Sizemore deal always had the potential to blow up in the Tigers faces. While we know that he’s been hitting in Oakland, we don’t know that he ever would have in Detroit. 

    I think it’s easy to say that things like expectations don’t affect a ballplayer, but he was anointed the savior and didn’t live up to the hype. With each failed at bat, the pressure mounted, fairly or unfairly. In Oakland, he gets a fresh start without the burden of knowing that the team let a guy like Polanco walk to pave the way for him. There are no expectations of him there and so far at least, he’s reaping the benefits.

  • Zac Snyder

    Sizemore has been good with Oakland but Purcey has been good for the Tigers too (one home run allowed aside). The bullpen was an issue earlier in the season but bringing in Purcey helped stabilize things. 

  • Matt Snyder

    He got off to a quick start out of the gate in Oakland, but he’s been fading recently.

    Games 1-8: 1.083 OPS
    Games 9-17: 0.595 OPS