The American League Central was a true one-horse race in 2018 — it was Cleveland and five also-rans.
Cleveland unleashed a late-inning rally over the A’s en route to a 15-3 stomping Sunday afternoon.
Not one time Saturday afternoon did Edwin Jackson pitch out of the stretch.
Despite a laborious first two innings, Paul Blackburn settled down to retire 14 of 15 en route to a 3-1 Oakland win.
The AL Central was one of the weakest divisions in baseball last season winning a combined 398 games, and it will continue this trend in 2018.
The Oakland offense handed Sean Manaea an early lead, and the big lefty embraced the advantage.
It took Sonny Gray a while to settle in. But when he did, he blew by Cleveland, carrying Oakland to a 5-0 win.
Since the 2013 emergence of the Kansas City Royals, the AL Central has been among the most entertaining division in Major League Baseball.
Major League Baseball’s 2016 All-Star Game was a shining example of the game’s changing of the guard — a youth movement, really.
An early run seemed poised to turn around the A’s bad luck Friday night, but it was hardly enough.
Mum was word Thursday night for the A’s and their bats, as the Cleveland Indians and Carlos Carrasco hushed Oakland with a 3-1 loss.