Well, at least the A’s didn’t lose yesterday. You can’t lose when you don’t play!
Unfortunately that is where we’re at with the A’s right now. They have dropped five of their last six, including a full weekend three-game sweep at home by the Houston Astros. It wasn’t pretty – in fact it was downright ugly at times. Their four errors in the three games versus Houston added to their American League leading 20 on the season, and they dropped an extra inning game Friday night despite two comeback efforts that came up just short. Kendall Graveman got torched on Saturday and was subsequently sent back to AAA the next day, while the A’s blew a lead in the ninth to drop the Sunday game, making them 0-7 in day games so far.
So is the solution no more day games? Stop playing the Astros? Stop using the bullpen? I guess all those things would help given what we’ve seen, but unfortunately we can’t do that. Despite some already bad losses, the thing to keep in mind is that it’s still early. We’re also without Coco Crisp, Sean Doolittle, and most recently Ben Zobrist, and those guys will be back to contribute throughout much of the season. Hopefully.
There are also bad things that are just nonsensical and unsustainable, like the aforementioned day games record. There is nothing about that but bad luck that just so happens to be during day games. They A’s are also 0-8 in games decided by two runs or fewer, and 0-3 in extra innings. Their run differential is +11, tied for 10th in MLB. Throw out that icky 14-1 loss to the Angels last week and that run differential is even more skewed. Basically the A’s are getting lots of bad luck 20 games into the season. Bullpen guys will blow games sometimes, but a lot of the time they won’t, because they’re good at baseball. This is the kind of stuff that should balance itself out over time. Hopefully. Go A’s…..