The A’s were dominated today in the rubber game against the Orioles 10-3 as they left six men in scoring position early in the game and never recovered. Oakland rookie pitcher Sonny Gray was roughed up giving up 6 earned runs in 3 1/3 innings, and while it was his first bad start it doesn’t bode well for the struggling rotation the A’s have had as of late. However even worse for Oakland, they didn’t only lose the game, they lost Josh Reddick in the 6th after aggravating an old wrist injury and his return to the DL at this point is 50-50.
The A’s best move at this point is to solely focus on the AL West crown for a second straight year as the Rangers also lost their second straight game against the White Sox. Oakland remains 2 ½ games back in the division as they get set to take on Detroit’s heavy hitters and dominating pitchers, while the Rangers are paired up against the Mariners who are considerably less dangerous. The A’s will have to do their best to win at least two of the following four games against the tigers to stay within range of the division and to hopefully stay ahead of Cleveland and Baltimore in the Wild Card.
Brandon Moss may also be put back in the outfield with Reddick out and Coco resting his legs allowing big man Nate Freiman to take back over at first base which will hopefully allow for some power hitting and run support this next series. Also the A’s rotation hopes to hear great news as Brett Anderson and Bartolo Colon will take bullpen sessions to gage their healthiness as the last month is swiftly approaching. The A’s may have dropped the first series in Baltimore, but this playoff race is long from over and let’s not forget that Oakland was 5 games back with 9 games to go last year and they took the division lead after the last game of the season for the first time all year.