The Athletics of Oakland don’t usually lose games in succession; they definitely don’t make it a habit to lose the lead in their division either.
But based on how they have played since trading Yoenis Cespedes for their newest ace and former Boston Red Sox Jon Lester, it seems that nothing is out of the question now.
Problems in Oakland
Oakland has played with solid pitching and decent bats; I’ll repeat that last part again, DECENT bats. For a team that is usually the epitome of an ideal MLB team, they have been forced to pitch well and fight for runs as of late.
How much of a difference can Mr. Cespedes make? Well just before the trade the Athletics were on top of the American League West over teams like the LA Angels and the Seattle Mariners as well as having the best record in all of baseball at one point.
But since making the Lester trade the team has slid out of first place and has now conceded the division lead to Los Angeles. The A’s have tried to make up for his absence in the line up with frontrunners Josh Reddick, John Jaso, and especially Josh Donaldson pulling the cart.
But unfortunately, it is quite apparent that it just isn’t enough to get the job done as the team was before the trade deadline. And while I still believe that Oakland will make playoffs for sure; it does look like they will have a tough time scoring runs for the foreseeable future.