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Friday, October 04, 2019

A’s set sights on division after another wild-card loss

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Manager Bob Melvin knows the Oakland Athletics might need to find a way to win the AL West to guarantee themselves a long playoff series.

Pulling past the powerful Astros is the next aim for the A’s, daunting as it might be.

Two straight AL wild-card losses following 97-win seasons have left the A’s going into the offseason again wondering what it will take to finally get over the hump in a tough division dominated by Houston the past three years. Oakland has lost nine straight winner-take-all games since 2000 after a 5-1 defeat to the Rays on Wednesday night with Tampa Bay getting to Sean Manaea from the start.

The A’s were playing at home this time, a far different scenario from the 7-2 loss at Yankee Stadium in the 2018 wild-card game.

Mind you, if this century has meant anything, winning the division may be only a minor improvement in terms of overall playoff results…..


QLE Posted: October 04, 2019 at 12:39 AM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: October 04, 2019 at 04:35 AM (#5886333)
At first glance, I can't say I like their chances. Looks like a reasonably solid core with Chapman, Olson and maybe Semien and Laureano but the rest of the offense looks weak. A bounceback from Davis would help obviously. And the pitching staff is positively ancient and got good healthys seasons out of Fiers and, I can't believe this, Brett Anderson. 13 pitchers gave them 50+ innings and 10 of them were 29+, 4 of those 33+.
   2. Bote Man Posted: October 04, 2019 at 11:39 AM (#5886405)
Why don't they just skip to winning the pennant and cut out the middleman???
   3. Tin Angel Posted: October 04, 2019 at 12:48 PM (#5886444)
And the pitching staff is positively ancient

Well, they should have Jesús Luzardo (22) and A.J. Puk (24) entering the rotation next season.
   4. bbmck Posted: October 04, 2019 at 01:46 PM (#5886494)
Current streaks in winner-take-all games:

5 wins: Giants
3 wins: Tigers
2 wins: Angels, Astros, Blue Jays, Mariners, Marlins, Rays
1 win: Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Dodgers, Nationals, Padres, Rockies, Royals, Yankees
1 loss: Cubs, Mets, Red Sox, Twins
2 losses: Brewers, Orioles, Phillies, Reds
3 losses: Pirates, Rangers
4 losses: Braves
7 losses: Indians
9 losses: Athletics

The White Sox have never played a winner-take-all game in their 11 playoff series and are the only team not to win at least one, the Mariners, Marlins and Padres have also never lost a winner-take-all game. If every team had at least 9 winner-take-all games there is a 5.7% chance that at least one would be on a nine game losing streak if every game was a coin flip.
   5. Karl from NY Posted: October 04, 2019 at 02:55 PM (#5886546)
A.J. Puk

Stupid question: is that said as "Puck", "Pook", "Puke", or "Pyook"? Wikipedia doesn't say and I haven't heard it said.
   6. Nasty Nate Posted: October 04, 2019 at 03:05 PM (#5886550)
9 losses: Athletics
This is crazy.

They have also lost 8 of 9 playoff series (cherry-picked starting point - but doesn't include the 3 wild card game losses). Their only playoff series win since Bush Senior was president was against the Twins; and the only Twins playoff series win in that time period was naturally against the A's.
   7. I Helped Patrick McGoohan Escape Posted: October 04, 2019 at 03:08 PM (#5886552)
Stupid question: is that said as "Puck", "Pook", "Puke", or "Pyook"? Wikipedia doesn't say and I haven't heard it said.


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