The good news is: The A’s aren’t in last place. They currently have a .5 game lead over the Astros for that “honor”. That could change today however, as the A’s are idle while Houston is playing.
Last week I talked about all the injuries A’s have had to deal with so far. Since then Jed Lowrie has been able to return and they have won four games and that’s about the end of the good news. That’s right. Things are so bad for the A’s I’m considering their 4-6 record since last article a good thing. And if you really want to get technical in their past 2 series between the Yankees and Mariners, Oakland is 1-6.
Josh Reddick, Josh Phegley and Sonny Gray have all found their way to the disabled list. Canha did end up having to have season ending surgery that was feared. Liam Hendricks still has his status as “TBD”, but he’s been shut down from throwing for several days after receiving a cortisone shot on May 19. At this point the A’s disabled list is going to have a larger roster than the ones that feature September call ups.
To compound with the losing games and players this last week, we once again found the Oakland Coliseum in a story about shoddy plumbing.
Last Friday night, the Yankees were the latest victim to Oakland’s one of a kind problems. Water started leaking into the Yankee dugout caused by a backed up toilet. Cleaning crews were still working to get rid of the water and stench Saturday afternoon when the Yankees and A’s were squaring off. It obviously didn’t affect the Bronx Bombers too badly, as they swept the A’s in a four game set, but it’s just the most recent example of the Coliseum being a disgrace.
The Giants got a similar experience to the Yankees in 2014 when they played their exhibition games in Oakland. The year before that the A’s had the lovely experience in their own clubhouse and those of us that live in the bay area will never forget when the A’s game was rained out due to poor drainage.
With the Raiders renewing their contract for only one more year while Mark Davis tries to tell anyone who will listen how he wants to leave Oakland, the A’s days at the Coliseum may be numbered.
With the stadium issues and constant injuries to key players, it will be almost a miracle if the A’s get into September without literally, and figuratively stinking up the division.