Every year it happens: Big-league trades send hitters and pitchers from the National League to the American League—and vice versa. This isn’t always a good thing, though, as pitchers have a hard time adjusting going from the NL to the AL, while hitters have a hard time adjusting going from the AL to the NL.
As they continue to look up at the top spot in the AL East and at both wild cards, the Bombers are in desperate need of everything and have actively been trying to upgrade a roster decimated by injuries.
If the A’s are going to make the playoffs again, it will be on the strength of their pitching. A.J. Griffin will be a big part of that.
Instead of being benched against southpaws, Curtis Granderson is thriving against them this season. Granderson became the first left-handed hitter to homer off Brett Anderson in nearly two years to help the Yankees beat the Athletics for the ninth straight time, 10-3 on Tuesday night.