The Oakland Athletics look like they were cruising to another win Saturday night. Until they weren’t and the night came crashing down in 1 inning. The Athletics surrendered 8 8th inning runs to get behind by 10-4 in an instant. This season is really playing out like a Big 12 football season. If you are not familiar, no lead is safe in the Big 12.
Points come in bunches without much defense being played. Late in Major League Baseball games, bullpens have been blowing games just that easily. It can happen to any bullpen at anytime. Even the best bullpen in the game has fallen victim to absolute trash innings like that. It’s been happening way more than I can remember.
Oakland can’t afford a lot of those innings down the stretch. They enter Sunday boasting a strong record of 74-54, which sounds wonderful. It isn’t wonderful when you find out that the Athletics are in the American League, though. The A’s would be a lock to go to the postseason with that record in the National League. Instead, they’re a half game back of the Rays for the final wildcard.
The Athletics must quickly put that game in the past. Despite the loss, it was only their second loss in nine games. They were coming off a sweep of the Yankees and everything was amazing until that 8th inning hit.
It’s only one game and the most important thing is what they do to respond in this spot. Brett Anderson will get the call to start this one for the Athletics, while the Giants are expected to opt for rookie Logan Webb. Head below for our free Giants vs. Athletics pick.
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Logan Webb will look to duplicate his lights out debut with another against the Athletics this afternoon in Oakland. Webb was on point with a stellar performance in the desert to direct the Giants to a 11-6 win. The bullpen allowed the Diamondbacks to make it a respectable score, but Webb did his part in his very first major league outing.
Debuts like that are ones to remember. It’s not going to get any easier from here on out, though. Webb allowed 5 hits and 1 earned run across 5 innings of work. That’s a nice outing for Webb and a way to impress his employer. It’s also a nice way to keep the Giants in the postseason race.
They might be on life support for a wildcard, but they’re not dead yet with a 5-game deficit. The Mets, Phillies, Brewers, and Cubs all stand a better chance of notching the final wildcard than the Giants. If the A’s were in the National League, they’d be hosting the Nationals in a Wild Card Game if the playoffs started today.
Brett Anderson probably should have enjoyed a win in his most recent appearance against the Giants, but the offense didn’t come to play a couple of weeks ago. Anderson allowed just 2 earned runs, but it wasn’t enough in a 3-2 loss in San Francisco.
Despite the loss yesterday, the A’s have been playing quality baseball, with a record of 7-2 in their previous nine games. The offense has scored at least 5 runs in those seven games. Webb was good in his debut and has been in the minors, but I’m siding with the Athletics to get to Webb in his second major league outing.