Oakland Athletics have opportunity to build reputation as elite team in MLB playoffs
No one even imagined what was waiting up ahead on that rainy day of the Mother’s Day that the team that lost 6-2 against the Yankees in Yankees stadium with a standing of 19-21 who probably weren’t practically out of the wild-card spot race but weren’t doing so good as to nail a spot.
[USPRwire, Wed Sep 26 2018] No one even imagined what was waiting up ahead on that rainy day of the Mother’s Day that the team that lost 6-2 against the Yankees in Yankees stadium with a standing of 19-21 who probably weren’t practically out of the wild-card spot race but weren’t doing so good as to nail a spot.
19 weeks later to the incident they are now surging to the postseason with significant speed and are celebrating wins nonstop from past three months. A fact that was unforeseen at that point. Why it was so can be cleared out by some of the researched elements we are about to bring to your consideration by mentioning some of the preseason predictions.
In a Street and Smith’s Publication titled “Bottom line,” they projected A’s to be the fourth in line and also predicted it would be a good goal for A’s to hopefully reach .500 after leaving out the 2018 season behind they were likely to make that in near 2019 or even 2020. In two days of exiting the Bronx the A’s actually reached .500 owing to the passionate homer made by the Stephen Piscotty. And by the end of the May, they were more or so around .500 and 5 and a half games following Seattle Mariners for the number two wild card spot.
Then at the beginning of June, they fell back 11 games still keeping intake the around .500 games but likely losing their chances of earning a spot in wild card. But the last three months have turned the tables once more. They have noticeably diminished their deficit to 8 games and have won 21 out of 27 games.
Following Monday's 7-3 win, in the middle of the celebration, Jed Lowrie told reporters "You can't fake talent," We just had to have some guys mature and have them learn how to win on a big-league level."
"We certainly have the ability to be a playoff team," Lowrie said.
These Comments were made before the All-Star Break and after that many incidents have taken place within the team to demonstrate the power of these words. The things started with Jeurys Familia, Fernando Rodney, Mike Fiers, and Shawn Kelley trade after the joining of Edwin Jackson. Being one of the 14 starting pitchers 0f Oakland Athletics Jackson has a 3.16 ERA in 16 starts.
Another of the least expected things that occurred was Lowrie’s 22 homers and 95 RBIs when he never before earned more than 16 and 75. Besides Lowrie, Matt Chapman and Matt Olson also became the power threats in defense. Then there’s Khris Davis with his 46 leading homers in the major league.
It was very expected to the outside world but it seems now when they face Yankees again next week in the Yankees Stadium, they have a fair chance to win this time around for a right to go against Red Sox.
Playoffs are not new to Oakland they have been doing it for years. It just seemed impossible after so many lost games in the last three seasons that probed everyone to think otherwise. Many unexpected changes have been made by many teams in Baseball history and from the looks of it, this time right now is A’s turn.
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