Oof. So much for all those good feelings I had after the weekend sweep in Seattle. I’m back to feeling “meh” about this team after after one bullpen meltdown and a lackluster offensive performance from most players not named Marcus Semien contributed to a three-game sweep by the Los Angeles Angels. It’s only been 10 games and this is already a roller coaster.
I’m not sure which A’s are the real A’s. Are the A’s that got dominated (again) by Nick Tropeano the real A’s? Tropeano is only even in the bigs because of an injury to the Angels’ main fifth starter, but he looks like Cy Young against the A’s. This was his third career start against the A’s (out of total 12 in the big leagues) and he’s 3-0 with an ERA of 0.51. What is it with this guy, or is this just the A’s?
Are the A’s that blew a 4-1 lead on Tuesday night the real A’s? This would be the most distressing to me, honestly, as we already went through that last year and I’m ready for things to be different this year. And of course this happens just days after I sang the praises of our new and improved bullpen after the weekend in Seattle. But Ryan Madson gave up two runs on a two-out, two-RBI double by Albert Pujols, and then in the ninth with a one-run lead, Sean Doolittle allowed a two-run homer to former A Geovany Soto and that was that. I’m not sure what to make of this, as Madson has been really solid
otherwise, and I think the pitch to Pujols was a good pitch that a future HOFer was just able to pull into the right spot on the field. But as for Doolittle, this was the second time in this very early season he has allowed a homer at an inopportune time (the other was the Jimmy Rollins HR that broke a 4-4 tie in the second game of the season) and that just can’t happen on a regular basis.
Or are the A’s that were dominated by Matt Shoemaker on Wednesday afternoon the real A’s? These A’s looked a lot like Monday’s A’s, so maybe these are the most likely real A’s. Or maybe it was just a bad series and things will get better. We’ll have an off day to think about it and then it doesn’t get easier this weekend as the world champion Kansas City Royals come to town for a weekend set of three games. They have owned us ever since that gave in late September of 2014 that shall not be mentioned. But maybe they’ll surprise me. Go A’s………