Sixteen games into the season now, the A’s are 12-4 and have the best record in the American League and are second only to the Braves in all of baseball. To be fair and realistic about it though, you have to look at two different records – versus Astros and versus non-Astros.
The A’s just finished their second sweep of the season against the Houston Astros on Wednesday to put their record at 6-0 against their new division mates. Unfortunately we won’t see these guys again until May 24, but fortunately, we still have 13 more games against them.
It’s not like the Astros are solely responsible for the A’s flashy record, as the A’s are 6-4 against teams that are not the Astros. They have split a four-game series against the Mariners, swept the Angels in three games, and dropped two out of three to the Tigers.
Break it down even more and you see that the A’s are 1-2 against over .500 teams (Detroit) and 11-2 against under .500 teams. All those under .500 teams are also in their division. Hey, you’ve got to beat the teams you’re supposed to beat, so I don’t see much wrong with that statistic. Also, those two losses against Detroit included pitching performances from two guys (Brett Anderson and Jarrod Parker) who won’t pitch that poorly very often. I think you can expect them to improve on .333 against over .500 teams. But they’ll also likely regress from .846 against under .500 teams.
Conclusion? It’s early. Really early.
The A’s get another struggling team this weekend in Tampa Bay. Let’s hope they keep it going. Not only are they 11-2 against under. 500 teams, but they are 6-0 on the road. Go A’s!