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.
Brett Anderson pitched effectively into the seventh inning for his first win in more than a year and the Colorado Rockies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-1 on Friday night.
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.