The A's, despite looking no better than your average T-ball team, with the ball seldom reaching the outfield, ground balls looking like they have a life of their own; where baserunning errors and strange slides into second happen more often than we'd like to recount, are actually only one game below the .500 mark, and three games behind the Rangers.
If there is a silver lining to a painful week (the A's are 5-5 in their last 10 games), it's that the injury-plagued Rangers have also gone 5-5, while thanks to the Red Sox, the Angels have gone 4-6 in their last 10. As a result, the A's are only one game behind the Angels and three games behind the Rangers. All things considered (especially taking into account Texas' hot start), the A's are lucky, very lucky, and should they remember how to hit and field, there is no reason to think that they couldn't make a real run at the AL West. But--and this is a big one--we have no real reason to think that the offense will suddenly catch fire; the most we have to go on is, "They can't be that bad all year, can they?" And no one seems to have an explanation for the yips in the infield, or why a solid defensive player looks like he has never fielded a ground ball before.
This weekend's series with Texas looms large; the A's really need to get off to a good start tonight.
In case you missed the quotes of the day yesterday, for your viewing pleasure:
The A's need to start stepping out on .500 and cheat on her with .775
.500, she’s always "glass half-empty" anyway… whatever she gives you she just takes away in some other fashion and you never get anywhere with her. If I were the A’s I’d explore my other options and if all goes well I’d make my move on .775 and see if i can’t move in with her. The sooner they kick .500 to the curb the happier we’ll all be cuz it’s just no fun to date bipolar people like that, they’re always up and down and up and down.
I wish these ladies weren’t always so concerned with money and income, though. You look at that .775 and she’s always hanging around the teams with all the cash, trying to get next to them…. why doesn’t she ever wanna go out with a fella from the wrong side of the tracks like the A’s? What do A-Rod and Roy Halladay have that we don’t? She’s a status seeker but if we ever wanna move up in the world we have to go after her and make her ours.
.775 is way out of our league
Remember, 10 years ago, when we were dating .625? And that great, never-leave-the-bed-except-to-go-to-the-bathroom, three week tryst with 1.000? Those were great times. Well, we could never take .625 all the way, so she dumped us for those a-holes down south. Sure, we might date .775 for a couple of weeks, but not for much longer.
Maybe we’d prefer the stability that comes with the 18-year relationship with .400 that those guys in Pittsburgh had. Sure, it ain’t exciting, but at least you know what you’re getting.
So the poll to the left? Go vote about how you feel right now about the Athletics.