|2013 Season (CBSSports.com)||70.00||3.00||3.00||34.00||3.21||1.15||64.00||27.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs Texas|| 1.0||0||0|| 0.00||0||0||3|
|vs LHB|| 6.2||0||0|| 1.35||0||4||8|
|vs RHB|| 10.2||0||0|| 1.69||0||4||11|
|05/21/2013||Grant Balfour, RP OAK|
Adrian Beltre, 3B TEX
|Alex Cobb, SP TB|
Josh Donaldson, 3B OAK
|05/21/2013||Jarrod Dyson, CF KC|
Matt Tuiasosopo, SS DET
Grant Balfour, RP OAK
Nick Markakis, RF BAL
|A.J. Griffin, SP OAK|
Trevor Bauer, SP CLE
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B LAD
|05/21/2013||Grant Balfour, RP OAK||David Ortiz, DH BOS|
Trevor Rosenthal, RP STL
|Last 10 Games|
|Grant Balfour stays perfect in save opportunities|
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
(5/19/13) Athletics closer Grant Balfour stayed perfect in save opportunites with his eighth Saturday against the Royals. He walked one in a scoreless inning and dropped his ERA to 1.56 in 17 1/3 innings.
|Grant Balfour picks up save No. 7|
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
(5/18/13) Athletics closer Grant Balfour entered Friday's contest against the Royals in the ninth inning with a one-run lead.
Balfour needed just 16 pitches as he struck out one and retired the side in order to secure a 2-1 victory. He has a 1.65 ERA and has converted all seven of his save opportunities.
|Grant Balfour picks up sixth save |
|by Adam Moore | CBSSports.com|
(5/12/13) Athletics closer Grant Balfour notched his sixth save Saturday against the Mariners. Balfour came on with a 4-3 lead in the ninth inning and was able to keep Seattle off the scoreboard.
He did issue a walk and single in the inning but recorded a pair of strikeouts before getting Kyle Seager to ground out to second base to end the game.
Balfour has now converted on each of his last 24 save chances dating back to last year.
|Grant Balfour nets 23rd straight save|
|by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com|
(5/5/13) Athletics closer Grant Balfour extended his streak of consecutive recorded saves to 23 on Sunday in New York. It wasn't that easy, but he got the job done.
Balfour needed 24 pitches and allowed a walk and a base hit, but struck out two for his fifth save of the year. His ERA is 2.03.
The 35-year-old closer has recorded saves in back-to-back appearances after going four straight appearances without one.
|Grant Balfour collects one-out save |
|by Adam Moore | CBSSports.com|
(5/3/13) Athletics closer Grant Balfour notched his fourth save Friday night against the Yankees. Balfour came on with a 2-0 lead and two outs in the ninth inning and was able to strike out Eduardo Nunez to secure the win.
Balfour is 4 for 4 in save chances and has not allowed a run in each of his last three appearances.
|Grant Balfour started out the 2012 season as the Athletics' closer, but by early May, poor command had gotten the better of him, and he was relegated to a setup role. Balfour thrived in that capacity, and meanwhile, Brian Fuentes and Ryan Cook failed in their chances to seize the closer's job. By August, Balfour was back to work in the ninth inning, and he converted all 17 of his save opportunities from that point forward. The nine-year veteran succeeded by rediscovering the strike zone, though he benefited from some good fortune as well, as he did not yield a home run over his final 23 appearances in spite of a high flyball rate. Balfour heads into 2013 poised to be the A's closer again, and with only sporadic control issues over the last three seasons, owners can trust him to pitch well enough to keep the job. Not only should Balfour help with saves, but he's been consistent in recent years in posting good ERAs, WHIPs and strikeout rates. Though he had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee in February, Balfour could be ready on or close to opening day. He is worth taking with a late-round pick in standard mixed leagues. (Updated 2/20/13)|
|Upcoming 7 Games|
|5/21/13||@ TEX||8:05 pm||Yu Darvish|
|5/22/13||@ TEX||2:05 pm||Ross Wolf|
|5/24/13||@ HOU||8:10 pm||Erik Bedard|
|5/25/13||@ HOU||7:15 pm||Lucas Harrell|
|5/26/13||@ HOU||2:10 pm||Dallas Keuchel|
|5/27/13||SF||4:05 pm||Matt Cain|
|5/28/13||SF||10:05 pm||Madison Bumgarner|
= probable start