It’s not time to panic quite yet… but it’s almost time to panic. The Oakland A’s are six games under .500 and are seven games behind the first place Texas Rangers. Now, that might not seem as dire if the A’s weren’t sitting dead last in the American League West chasing three teams instead of one.
But that’s the reality of the situation and as currently constructed, this A’s roster doesn’t really have the firepower to make a huge run late in the year. I outlined a few possible trade targets last week, but I’m not sure they will have the luxury of waiting until the trade deadline to add talent. In other words, the A’s still have a little time, but if they can’t get on the right side of .500 by the All-Star break, A’s fans will probably see their veterans flipped for prospects for like, the hundredth year in a row… or so it seems.
Sure injuries have played a part in the unimpressive start, but even Billy Beane figured his team would be higher in the standings on June, 6th. Jon Heyman of SI recently quoted Beane, saying “We all think we’re good enough to compete.” We’ll see, I guess.
After getting swept handily in back to back series against the Yankees and Red Sox repectively, the A’s will go against the Orioles, White Sox and Royals (all winnable series) before getting their chance at revenge against their rivals from the other side of the bay starting on June, 17th.
This is an extremely important stretch for the A’s as we’re getting to the halfway point in the season. The bats seem to be heating up but the pitching seems to be cooling off a bit. They need to get on the same page and they need to do it now.
If the A’s can somehow get back within a few games or (gasp) even get back to .500, then I think Oakland might be back in business. But if they are unable to do so, it is time for A’s fans to start accepting the probability of another disappointing year and guys like Coco Crisp, David Dejesus, and Josh Willingham will probably not be unpacking their bags.
On a lighter note: The 2011 MLB draft is tonight. A few of the guys the A’s are reportedly interested in include UCONN outfielder, George Springer, North Carolina short stop, Levi Michael, or even Joe Ross of Bishop O’Dowd, brother of A’s pitcher, Tyson Ross. I’ll do another post tomorrow about the draft and give my analysis of the picks.
About the Author
Written by Josh Muller
My name is Josh Muller. I was born and raised in Oakland, California and currently live in San Francisco. I watch sports religiously and organize my calender year to coincide with baseball season. I'm a diehard A's and Warriors fan, love talking sports all day and believe that the words "Opening Day" are the two greatest in the English language.