Andrew Austin Triggs was originally signed by Royals scout Rich Amaral…graduated from Nashville's Montgomery Bell High School in 2007…earned a degree in political science at the University of Southern California in 2011…spent the 2011-12 academic year in the university's MBA program…at USC, he earned conference All-Academic honors each season from 2009-12 and was named the 2012 Pac-12 Baseball Spring Scholar-Athlete of the Year…posted a 3.96 ERA as a redshirt freshman in 2009, earning Pac-10 honorable mention status…was the team's No. 1 pitcher in the rotation in 2010.
For the second consecutive season, he began the year in the A's starting rotation before his season ended early due to an injury…was 3-1 with a 5.23 ERA in nine starts when he was placed on the 10-day disabled list May 18 with nerve irritation in his right arm…would not pitch again until Sept. 5 when he began a rehab assignment with Single-A Stockton…that would be his only outing before undergoing surgery Sept. 26…his ERA was his highest of his three big league seasons as was his .413 opponents slugging percentage, but his .231 opponents batting average was his lowest…struck out 43 batters in 41.1 innings, which marks the first time he finished with more strikeouts than inning pitched…his opponents batting average included a mark of .231 (18-for78) against left-handed hitters compared to .232 (19-for-82) against right-handers…yielded a .200 average with runners in scoring position, including .111 with RISP and two outs…opponents were 2-for-2 with a grand slam and six RBI with the bases loaded…they are now 6-for-11 (.545) with a double, triple, three home runs, 21 RBI and a walk in his career (1.636 slugging percentage, 2.175 OPS)…allowed a .263 opponents average the first time through the lineup, .167 the second time and .292 after that…held opponents to a .156 average with two outs…yielded a .190 average to the opponents clean-up hitter and has a .179 (14-for-78) average against the four hitter in his career…went 2-1 with a 3.42 ERA in five starts against American League West teams, 1-0 with an 8.40 ERA in four starts against everyone else…is now 6-2 with a 3.42 ERA (31 er in 81.2 ip) in 18 career games against the AL West compared to 3-6 with a 5.64 ERA (51 er in 81.1 ip) in 27 games against all other teams…was 2-1 with a 3.45 ERA in six starts at night compared to 1-0 with a 9.24 ERA in three starts during the day…allowed two home runs in 28.2 innings at night, five home runs in 12.2 innings during the day…opponents were successful in all five of their stolen base attempts off him and are 20-for-24 (83.3%) with him on the mound in 21 starts over the last two seasons…allowed two runs or fewer in six of his nine starts and six hits or fewer in all nine starts…however, walked at least two batters in seven times…the A's were 6-3 (.667) in his starting assignments.
OAKLAND: Was on the A's Opening Day Roster and went 1-0 with a 2.87 ERA over his first three starts…then compiled a 2-1 record and a 6.66 ERA over his final six starts…picked up the win in his second start of the season April 7 at Los Angeles (AL)…it was his first win since May 10, 2017, also against the Angels, and it snapped a career-high four-game losing streak…left his start on April 13 at Seattle with a 3-2 lead but the bullpen blew the save…allowed six runs in 1.1 innings April 18 against Chicago (AL), which was the shortest start of his career…ended up with a no decision as the A's came back to win 12-11 in 14 innings…matched his career highs with 7.0 in nings pitched and nine strikeouts and allowed just two base runners in a 2-1 win over Baltimore on May 6…issued a career-high four walks and surrendered a career-high tying three home runs in a no decision at New York (AL) on May 12…tossed just 2.1 innings in his final start May 17 at Toronto…went on the DL the next day and was transferred to the 60-day DL July 13…began a rehab assignment with Single-A Stockton on Sept. 5…pitched 1.2 scoreless innings of relief in Game 1 of the California League Semifinals against Visalia (1 h, 2 bb, 2 so)…was shut down after the one outing and underwent successful thoracic outlet surgery on Sept. 26…the surgery, a first rib resection and scalenectomy, was performed by Dr. Gregory Pearl from the Texas Vascular Associates in Dallas, Tex.
Was on the A's Opening Day roster and went 5-6 with a 4.27 ERA in 12 starts before his season ended June 10 with a hip injury…had surgery to repair the labrum in his left hip July 13…was 5-2 with a 2.12 ERA and .209 opponents batting average over his first eight starts…then went 0-4 with a 9.64 ERA and .381 opponents average over his final four starts…allowed a .266 opponents batting average, which included .215 (23-for-107) against left-handed hitters compared to .302 (45-for-149) against right-handers…despite missing 3½ months of the season, he tied for seventh in the American League in unearned runs (11) and stolen bases allowed (15)…held the opposition to a .211 batting average with two outs but surrendered six of his nine home runs in that situation…allowed a .188 average against the opponents clean-up hitter and has a .175 (10-for-57) average in that situation in his career…opponents were 3-for-8 (.375) with a triple and two home runs with the bases loaded…the two grand slams tied for the most in the majors… compiled a 2-2 record and a 3.14 ERA in five starts on the road compared to 3-4 with a 5.15 ERA in seven starts at home…went 4-1 with a 2.04 ERA in six starts against AL West competition, 1-5 with a 6.90 ERA in six starts against everyone else…was 1-3 with an 8.24 ERA in four starts on four days rest, 4-3 with a 2.56 ERA in eight starts on five days rest or more…allowed one earned run or fewer in seven of his 12 starts…walked one batter or fewer six times and has now issued one free pass or fewer in 12 of his 18 career starts…eight of his 19 walks came in the first inning.
OAKLAND: Won each of his first three starts and did not allow an earned run for a season-opening 17.2-inning streak without an earned run…the season-opening streak of no earned runs was the longest in Oakland history by a starting pitcher on the Opening Day roster…since the earned run became an official stat in the AL in 1913, he is just the third A's pitcher to start the season with three games of five or more innings and no earned runs…joins Eddie Rommel (1924) and Vean Gregg (1918)…received 16 runs of support in those three starts (8.15 RSA) but had just 16 runs of support over his final nine starts (3.02 RSA)…issued a career-high three walks in his first start April 6 against Los Angeles (AL), his first of three starts with three walks (May 10 vs. Los Angeles-AL, May 21 vs. Boston)…took the loss April 23 against Seattle to snap a career-best fourgame winning streak dating back to 2016…allowed his only home run over his first seven starts (40.2 ip) in that outing…surrendered at least one home run in each of his final five starts (8 hr in 24.2 ip)…struck out a career-high nine batters and logged a career-high 7.0 scoreless innings April 29 at Houston…finished April with a 4-1 record, a 1.84 ERA and .194 opponents average in five starts…tied for second in the AL in wins in April and ranked seventh in ERA…the wins matched the most by an Oakland pitcher in the month of April over the last 27 years (eighth time) and the ERA was second lowest by an A's pitcher over the last 10 years (Kazmir, 0.99 in 2015)…then went 1-3 with a 3.45 ERA and .269 opponents batting average in five starts in May…tied for fifth in the AL in May losses…tossed a career-high 105 pitches in a 3-1 win over Los Angeles (AL) May 10…had his only no decision in the A's 9-6 win at Seattle on May 16…left with a 4-1 lead but the bullpen allowed three runs in the seventh inning for the blown save…then allowed at least six runs in each of his final four starts beginning May 21…is the fourth pitcher in Oakland history to allow six runs in four consecutive games, the first since Vin Mazzaro (July 18-Aug. 2, 2009)…is the second of those four to take the loss in each start (Bill Krueger, May 26-June 14, 1985)…compiled a 9.61 ERA and .381 opponents batting average during the four-game losing streak, which is the longest of his career…was charged with five unearned runs May 28 at New York (AL), which match the most unearned runs by an A's pitcher over the last eight seasons (last: Milone on June 30, 2012 vs. Texas)…yielded a career-high nine hits in 3.2 innings each of his final two starts on June 2 against Washington and June 9 at Tampa Bay…had career highs in home runs (3) and runs (8) in the latter contest…was placed on the disabled list June 10 with a strained left hip…underwent surgery on July 13 in Vail, Col when Dr. Marc Philippon repaired the labrum in Triggs' left hip.
Was claimed off waivers from Baltimore during the spring and went 1-1 with a 4.31 ERA and .255 opponents batting average in 24 games (six starts) over eight stints in his Major League debut with the A's…the eight stints are believed to be the most in one season in Oakland history…the stints were April 25-26, April 29, May 7 (26th man for doubleheader), May 10-June 3, June 18, June 30-July 1, July 4-August 3 (includes stay on the DL from July 18-Aug. 1) and Aug. 5 through the end of the season…five of his eight stints began less than eight days following his previous option…had three one-day stints and two two-day stints…struck out 55 and walked just 13 for a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 4.23…compiled an 8.00 ERA and .312 opponents batting average in 10 relief appearances over his first four stints through June 3…then went 1-1 with a 2.58 ERA and .224 opponents batting average in 14 games (six starts), over his final four stints…allowed three home runs over his first four stints (18.0 ip) and two in his last four (38.1 ip)…his opponents batting average included a .235 (28-for-119) mark against right-handed hitters compared to .277 (28-for-101) against left-handers…issued 9 of his 13 walks to lefties…was 1-1 with a 2.81 ERA and .191 opponents batting average in his six starts, 0-0 with a 5.58 ERA and .302 opponents average in 18 relief appearances…walked just one batter in 25.2 innings as a starter…first batters faced hit .176 with no extra base hits and one walk (.222 on-base percentage)…allowed 4-of-8 (50.0%) inherited runners to score…had an 0-1 record and a 2.81 ERA in 12 games at home compared to 1-0 with a 5.58 ERA in 12 games on the road…surrendered four of his five home runs on the road…logged a 0.93 ERA and .183 opponents batting average over innings one through three compared to a 6.08 ERA and .289 opponents batting average from the fourth inning on…held the opposition to a .144 batting average with two strikes…the three hitter in the order batted .429 but he allowed a .160 batting average against the clean-up hitter …tossed at least one inning in 17 of his 18 relief appearances, including two or more 10 times…pitched fewer than five innings in three of his six starts and his longest start was six innings…the A's were 1-5 (.167) in his starting assignments…walked one batter or fewer in all but two appearances.