The A’s are about to start the first of 4 major series against playoff caliber teams tonight against Baltimore and how they fare may determine whether or not they will be in the playoffs as well. Starting tonight Oakland has a 7 game road trip starting with 3 in Baltimore followed by 4 in Detroit, followed by a 10 straight home games, but against the Rays, Rangers, and Astros (who seem to have figured out how to beat the A’s.)
2 ½ games back of the AL West and 2 ½ games above the Indians for the second wild card spot, the A’s are clinging to their fast start as much as they can but they seem to be showing their inexperience as they have gone 15-16 since the all-star break, and with the league’s elite coming up, this kind of play can’t continue. If Oakland can’t win at least half of these games and hopefully sweep Houston, their playoff hopes may be coming to an end as early as September.
With John Jaso still on the DL and Derek Norris breaking his toe Tuesday, the A’s were forced to sign Kurt Suzuki to help rookie Stephen Vogt take on the catching load. He will not be much of an improvement on the offensive side but he should be more of a defensive presence and can hopefully help the younger core of pitchers that seem to be struggling recently.
The A’s are in desperate need of something or someone to jump start them into playoff mode and with all of the injuries looming it needs to come soon. Brett Anderson is still looking to get back to major league form but has been roughed up thus far in minor league play. Whether or not he will be a starter or reliever in still up in the air. Dan Straily takes the mound tonight against Baltimore and is looking to get his first win since July 9th.