Happy Tuesday, Athletics Nation!
We’re now into the second full month of the season and so far the A’s have managed to get by with a .500ish record, sadly sliding a few games below over the weekend. Before Opening Day we checked in with the general opinion of the Athletics across the baseball world, so let’s see what’s changed after the first month of play.
Before the season the A’s were consistently placed at the bottom of all teams, generally around 28th place. This was a significant drop from the end of the 2021 season, when they sat mid-pack. Let’s see where baseball punditry ranks the green and gold now:
Site - Rank (Opening Day rank)
- MLB.com - 23/30 (27/30)
- ESPN - 20/30 (28/30)
- The Athletic - 22/30 (27/30)
- Sports Illustrated - 21/30 (28/30)
- CBS Sports - 21/30 (25/30)
- theScore - 23/30 (28/30)
- FanGraphs - 20/30 (27/30)
On average the A’s are ranked 21st, which is 6 places up from the previous average. The biggest move on any of the lists is the 8 places the A’s sailed up on ESPN. In the rankings that include write-ups, the general consensus seemed to be that the squad has been boosted by Sheldon Neuse, Tony Kemp, and the starting efforts of Montas, Irvin, Jefferies, and Blackburn.
Looking at these ranks together, they seem appropriate for how the A’s April went. The nature of power rankings being a weekly exercise does mean that they’re a little slower to adapt to current events like a series sweep by the Guardians. The A’s are still beating the low expectations set for them a month ago, and while leading the pack for the bottom-third of teams isn’t necessarily the highest accolade to receive, it’s better than dwelling at the bottom of the list.
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A local business leader discussion with Kaval about the ballpark today
What's ahead for @Athletics bold plan to transform Howard Terminal into vibrant waterfront ballpark & development? Join us 5/3 when @JimWunderman talks with @LibbySchaaf @DaveKaval @PortofOakland COO Kristi McKenney @AlamedaLabor Liz Ortega. Free. Register https://t.co/Qe5V4eDHmC pic.twitter.com/zBjV1NLJZq— Bay Area Council (@BayAreaCouncil) May 2, 2022
An attempted joke on A’s themed beer has struck a nerve with some fans
What's up Casey! A ton of us here at Altamont are die hard A's fans. Our intention wasn't to upset the fanbase we consider ourselves a part of. When a beer is canned, our canning line team adds a unique message to each can. This message came from a disgruntled A’s fan towards— Altamont Beer Works (@AltamontBW) May 2, 2022
So much for the thought of Petit returning to the A’s
Yusmeiro Petit to San Diego on a Minor League deal. Bob Melvin gets one of his all-time favorites back.— Martín Gallegos (@MartinJGallegos) May 2, 2022
Pinder has a new walkup song
Kudos to Chad Pinder with a walk up I can actually recognize pic.twitter.com/WMbJaRQZv7— Vince Cotroneo (@vincebaseball) May 3, 2022
Kaval on the word that BCDC looks to be in favour of a pro-Howard Terminal ballpark vote
Dave Kaval: “I think we had momentum pushing away from us with that Seaport Advisory vote (in March). And this kind of halts that in its tracks and flips it around and gives us the momentum. It’s almost like we had maybe a five-run deficit and now we have a five-run lead." https://t.co/5i2kXCCB7V— Matt Kawahara (@matthewkawahara) May 3, 2022