Oakland – Some Thoughts

With their win today against the Yankees, the A’s are now 51-44 and tied for the wildcard lead with the Angels and the Orioles. Wait, the Orioles are still tied for the wildcard? How can that be? I don’t know for sure, but there’s probably some witchcraft involved.

Anyway what I was talking about earlier was the Oakland Athletics being 7 games over .500, and making a run at the postseason. This was unexpected at the start of the season, because they traded away their two best starting pitchers in the offseason. Normally, teams that want to contend do not do things like this. That would be strange. For instance, the Giants did not trade Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain in the offseason. Now, they might have actually been better off if they had traded Lincecum, but I’m getting off-topic again. Back to the Athletics. They have been able to make up a rotation out of guys they got in return from the Diamondbacks and Nationals, as well as some guys they already had on the team. This rotation has put together a 3.67 ERA. Their bullpen has been even better, with a 2.80 ERA, and has been led by Ryan Cook, who they got in the Cahill trade. I don’t even really have much else to say about the A’s – just that they have surprised me. They’re winning with great pitching – the best in the AL, and juuuuussssttt enough runs to get by. You should know that they’re last in the AL in runs scored. And hits. And batting average. And second last in OBP. Their hitters aren’t good; that’s what I’m trying to get at here.

Their 3rd basemen this year have put up a line of .184/.230/.327. Brandon Inge has been their best 3rd baseman this year. That’s right, the A’s have had multiple 3rd baseman play worse than Brandon Inge. More than one.

Their shortstops on the other hand, have put up a line of .186/.247/.276. Sweet Jesus, that’s awful.

Their catchers – .189/.242/.243. I just threw up a little bit. Kurt Suzuki owes me an apology.

Luckily for the A’s, they do have some outfielders and DH types who have been pretty good. Because their entire infield may be dead. I didn’t watch the game today, but has anyone looked to see if maybe all of Oakland’s infielders died in a bus accident back in April? Because that would partially explain their play.

At this point, it’s still probably a long shot that Oakland makes the playoffs. It would be a fun story though.

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