09/29/2003 10:31 AM ET
Athletics facts and figures
By Daniel Rivkin / MLB.com
After two consecutive 100-plus-win seasons, the A's slipped by a few games to finish with a 96-66 record. Once again Oakland proved to be a second-half team, rolling to a 42-27 after the All-Star break.
Final MLB standings
Record vs. Red Sox
Oakland met the Red Sox seven times this season, in a pair of mid-August series. In the first set, a four-game series at Network Associates Coliseum, the A's took the first two games, which included Tim Hudson besting Sox ace Pedro Martinez in the series opener, before Boston recovered to capture the final two games. Less than a week later, the A's headed east to Fenway Park for three. Oakland took the first two games before dropping the finale to finish the season series at 4-3.
Record vs. playoff teams
The Athletics met each team that's appearing in the 2003 postseason, except the Chicago Cubs. Oakland went 16-21 against the other playoff teams, with AL Central champion Minnesota (1-8) giving the A's the most difficulty, by far. Oakland finished with a combined 5-7 record against NL foes Atlanta, Florida and San Francisco, with the most success coming against their cross-Bay rivals (3-3). Oakland fared well against the New York Yankees and the Red Sox, combining for a 10-6 record against the pair from the AL East.
Record vs. winning teams
Oakland logged a 44-43 (.506) record against 12 teams that finished the season above .500. The winning team they had the most success against was Kansas City (7-2). The A's struggled against division rival Seattle (7-12), the Twins and a trio of NL East clubs (they were 1-2 against Atlanta, Philadelphia and Florida).
All season long, the streaky Athletics offense has been the club's primary Achilles' heel. Oakland finished the season 13th in the American League and 26th in baseball in club average, at .254. The A's stole nearly 100 bases fewer than the Devil Rays, sitting 13th in the AL with 48 swipes. Their home run (176) and run totals (768) stood a little below the middle of the pack in the league at the end of the season.
MLB hitting stats
For the first time since 1998, the club lacked a regular with a .300 average. After a March and April in which he hit just .161, Miguel Tejada rebounded to finish the season hitting .278 with 27 homers and a team-leading 106 RBI. Eric Chavez put up numbers close to his career averages, hitting .282 with 29 homers and 101 RBI. Durable backstop Ramon Hernandez enjoyed a breakout season, tripling his home run total from last year to finish with 21 round-trippers, establishing a career high in RBI (78) and hitting .273, his highest mark since becoming a regular. An injury-plagued campaign caused Jermaine Dye to struggle to career lows in average, homers and RBIs.
Athletics hitting stats
Once again, the A's featured the AL's elite pitching staff. Oakland led the league in ERA with their 3.63 mark. It was the second consecutive year the club led in ERA and the first time its led in back-to-back years since 1988-1990. Oakland led the league in complete games (16), opponent's batting average (.246) and was second in shutouts (14).
MLB pitching stats
Tim Hudson finsihed the season leading the team -- and ranking second in the AL -- with a 2.70 ERA. He also was tops among A's pitchers with 16 wins. Reigning Cy Young Award winner Barry Zito struggled with bad luck and the occasional bad inning, but still finished 14-12 with a fine 3.30 ERA. Despite missing the final month with a hip injury, Mark Mulder finished the season in a tie for the most complete games in the AL (9). Keith Foulke was the glue to a fine bullpen and ranked tops in the AL in saves with a career-high 43. He also went 9-1 with a 2.08 ERA.
Athletics pitching stats
Oakland's defense ranked sixth in the league in fielding percentage with a .983 mark. A's backstops recorded the second-fewest passed balls in the league (9).
MLB fielding stats
Gold Glover Chavez continued to dazzle at the hot corner, tying for the league lead in double plays (33) for third basemen and enjoying a fine .971 fielding percentage. Hernandez tied for second in the AL for second-most runners thrown out stealing.
Athletics fielding stats
Career postseason stats
Chad Bradford (4 G, 0 R, 4 2/3 IP, 3 H)
Eric Byrnes (0-for-3, 2 SO)
Eric Chavez (15 G, .286 AVG, 1 HR, 9 RBIs)
Erubiel Durazo (11 G, .231 AVG, 2 HR, 4 RBIs)
Jermaine Dye (24 G, .236 AVG, 2 HR, 7 RBIs, 21 SO)
Mark Ellis (5 G, .368 AVG, 1 HR, 4 RBIs)
Keith Foulke (2 G, 0-1, 11.57 ERA)
John Halama (6 G, 3.77
Scott Hatteberg (12 G, .360 AVG, 1 HR, 4 RBIs)
Ramon Hernandez (15 G, .163 AVG, 3 RBIs)
Tim Hudson (5 G, 1-2, 3.42 ERA, 1 CG)
Ted Lilly (2 G, 0-1, 13.50 ERA)
Terrence Long (15 G, .236 AVG, 4 HR, 5 RBIs)
Jim Mecir (6 G, 1.86 ERA, 9 2/3 IP, 8 SO)
Frank Menechino (5 G, .083 AVG)
Ricardo Rincon (6 G, 9.53 ERA)
Chris Singleton (1-for-9, 1 RBI, 1 3B)
Miguel Tejada (15 G, .294 AVG, 1 HR, 6 RBIs, 9 R)
Barry Zito (3 G, 2-1, 2.29 ERA, 19 2/3 IP, 19 SO)
2003 stats vs. Red Sox
Tejada paced the Athletics' offense against the Red Sox during the regular season, hitting at a .357 clip (10-for-28) with a
homer and five RBIs.
Hudson made just one start against Boston this season, but it was a sparkling two-hit, complete-game shutout in a victory
over Martinez. Foulke picked up three saves in four appearances, recording a 1.59 ERA in 5 2/3 innings against the Red Sox.
Career vs. Game 1 starter Pedro Martinez
Eric Chavez: .143 (3-for-21), 1 HR, 3 RBIs
Erubiel Durazo: .000 (0-for-4), 0 RBIs
Jermaine Dye: .333 (6-for-18), 0 HR, 2 RBIs
Mark Ellis: 1.000 (2-for-2), 0 HR, 0 RBIs
Jose Guillen: .333 (4-for-12), 1 HR, 2 RBIs
Scott Hatteberg: .000 (0-for-3), 0 RBI
Ramon Hernandez: .273 (3-for-11), 0 HR, 1 RBI
Mark Johnson: .125 (1-for-8), 0 HR, 0 RBI
Terrence Long: .231 (3-for-13), 1 HR, 1 RBI
Frank Menechino: .000 (0-for-5), 0 RBI
Chris Singleton: .280 (7-for-25), 1 HR, 3 RBIs
Miguel Tejada: .238 (5-for-21), 1 HR, 2 RBIs
-- Compiled by Daniel Rivkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.