Today’s Oakland A’s Player of the Day is the man who led the A’s with most innings pitched, A.J. Griffin. Griffin was a solid piece of the rotation in 2013, never missing a start. Let’s take a look at what he was able to accomplish in those 200+ innings.
A.J. Griffin was an amazing pitcher for the A’s in 2013. He also gets my vote for best hair on the team. He was getting negative attention for allowing a lot of homeruns, in fact he had the most homeruns allowed. Despite all of those home runs allowed, he still fared well in his outings. Most of the home runs allowed were solo shots, so in many cases Griffin was still able to get the win for the team. He finished the season with 14 wins and 10 losses in 32 games started and an ERA of 3.83. Sometimes a pitcher’s effectiveness isn’t accurately measured by their stats, and that is the case with Griffin. Every game that he started on the mound, he kept the A’s in the game. He was reliable to start. You didn’t have to worry about him making a trip to the DL and having to fill yet another hole. He was a good, solid reliable pitcher that you could count on to be on the mound and keep the A’s in the game.
2014 will be a good year for A.J. Griffin. He’ll once again be in the 4th spot of the rotation and since he’s now got a full season of experience under his belt, I expect that he will allow less homeruns. His ERA will go down to sub .350 and he will still have the best hair on team. Griffin will also repeat his feat of getting at least 200 innings completed. There isn’t much to say about 2014 for Griffin other than that he will improve slightly but for the most part we can expect the same A.J. Griffin from 2013. Let’s hope he also keeps the same hair.