The Oakland Athletics have lost 6 of 7 games heading into their second day off this week. It seemed like just yesterday that the A’s were 6.5 games ahead of the Texas Rangers, but the A’s current skid has coincided with the Rangers winning 9 out of their last 10 games. While I don’t want to hit the panic button just yet, the A’s are going to have to start winning some games to get their confidence back.
Hopefully, pulling out their passports and heading north to Toronto will do the trick for the struggling A’s. The upcoming 4 game series is arguably the most important series of the year. With the Rangers facing the lowly Houston Astros in a 4 game series, the A’s can’t afford to lose ground. The national media proclaims the A’s are too young and inexperienced to know how to win down the stretch (Did they even watch baseball last year?). I don’t agree with the national media’s assessment but the A’s are still a young team that could lose even more confidence if they leave Toronto in second place in the AL West.
Oakland A’s manager Bob Melvin needs to stress to the hitters that they should be aggressive at the plate from the very first at bat in Toronto. A’s hitters feed off of each other, so an early run would help boost their confidence. Melvin should treat this series like he would a playoff series by manufacturing runs any way he can. If the A’s can maintain their spot in the standings, they get their favorite treat of the year in the next series, the Houston Astros.