You can blame the A's not making the playoffs this year on Bobby Crosby and his tank-like presence in the infield.
Because the A's would've made the playoffs had they had Mark Ellis, according to Baseball Prospectus.
Now, I'm not sure that I necessarily believe that, but it's true that Ellis would've been better defensively that anything the A's threw out there.
Whether that meant two more wins or not, I'm not sure and no one will ever truly know.
But the truth is that the A's wouldn't have gone far in the playoffs with the pitchers struggling the way they were any way.
So, the speculation is just that. A fun way to dissect a team coming up short.