Josh Donaldson, the potential AL MVP candidate this year for the Oakland Athletics, is the spark this offense needs to really get going but he has been virtually useless in this series. Almost the entire team has done nothing. The 2-3-4 hitters have gone 2-22 with 13 strike outs. The 6-7-8-9 hitters have gone 5-27 with 1 strike outs. The only two players that have had it going offensively for Oakland are Coco Crisp and Yoenis Cespedes. You will not beat the Detroit Tigers when you allow 29 strike outs in 2 games.
Donaldson will be switching to the number two slot to hopefully get his mind back into it and hopefully to get Jed Lowrie going as well. Coco Crisp getting on base doesn’t help when the next three batters only have a 9 percent chance to get a
hit. Cespedes has been responsible for all 3 runs the A’s have scored this series and while he has proven himself clutch in the playoffs, he can’t be the only source of run support.
The A’s are going up against Anibal Sanchez, who happens to be the American League leader in ERA, who would only be third in the rotation on this Tigers Team, and he has the home field advantage that the Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander didn’t in the first two games. The A’s only chance to stay in the game is if
Jarrod Parker stays as consistently dominant as he was during his 19 game unbeaten streak. He may be young but has proven himself efficient and capable of sustaining his talent for many years to come.
If the A’s want to win this series, they need to get going and spread the love around the line up to get some runs. Parker will pick up the slack and steal home field advantage back for Oakland.