Three straight A’s wins over Houston this weekend helped Oakland avoid playoff elimination.
The A’s scored all four of their runs Friday night in the second inning. Detroit finally chipped away at the early deficit in the seventh inning, eventually erasing it in the eighth after back-to-back two-run innings before an eventual 5-4 11th-inning victory.
The Athletics finished the 2018 season with four healthy starting pitchers on their 40-man roster — none of them especially reliable.
The Athletics rotation, through much of the first half, was in a search for consistency. That search is over.
The Athletics have been patiently waiting for All-Star Jed Lowrie to awaken from his second-half slumber.
Though he continues to search at the plate after a right hand injury, Matt Chapman has made his return very visible in the field.
Despite a laborious first two innings, Paul Blackburn settled down to retire 14 of 15 en route to a 3-1 Oakland win.
But by the time birthday boy Jonathan Lucroy dug into the box for his first at-bat of the evening the game had already been decided.
Evan Gattis tagged Daniel Mengden with a three-run homer and two-run double to hand the A’s a 6-3 loss.
Over six innings, Paul Blackburn held Kansas City to three hits while coaxing 12 ground-ball outs.
With their entire roster slumping, the Oakland offense is hardly in position to overcome a three-run deficit.
Frankie Montas, recalled from Triple-A Nashville before the game, did his best to match Daniel Mengden’s Saturday gem.
The A’s announced a pair of roster moves shortly before taking on the Texas Rangers on getaway day.
The Athletics rotation took yet another hit Thursday, when Paul Blackburn became the latest starter do go down with an injury.
Just when things were beginning to take shape for Jharel Cotton, who was vying for a Opening Day rotation spot, bad news has struck.
Given the A’s handful of offseason additions, a few veterans will join the youngsters unable to seize one of the few vacancies.
After wily, grey-haired vets Kendall Graveman and Sean Manaea the competition is pretty much wide open for spots in the Oakland rotation.
The pair of pitching additions Oakland did make offer the combination of youthful power and veteran savvy to that overworked relief corps.
The major league season unofficially begins in less than four weeks, when pitchers and catchers report to camp.
A funny thing happened on the way to 87 losses.