AJ Griffin (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE)
Sept. 13, 2012
Story Written by By David Schoenfield | ESPN.com
Oakland A's rookie right-hander A.J. Griffin has made 11 career starts. He hasn't been charged with a loss in any of the games and the A's have won nine of those games, including Wednesday's 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels, their third straight in the four-game series. He's a big kid at 6-foot-5, 215 pounds or so, but his fastball isn't all that big, 88 to 90 mph. But he throws strikes, mixes in a curve, slider and changeup, and opponents are hitting .202 off him. He hasn't allowed more than three runs in any of his 11 starts.
It's been a remarkable 11 starts for Griffin: He has had to face Matt Cain, David Price and Felix Hernandez. He beat a pitcher who struck out 15 batters. The A's have now pulled 5.5 games ahead of the deep-pocket Angels in the wild-card race, and Griffin is one big reason why. His 11 starts: