Naturally all the talk in the AL West in the offseason centered around the Los Angeles Angels and the Texas Rangers. Mostly about slugger Josh Hamilton’s switching of allegiances and how that could shift the balance of power over to the southern California side of the division.
There was even talk of how the Seattle Mariners would put the pieces of their young team together behind ace Felix Hernandez and make a run at the title.
Lost in all the talk, as usual, is the Oakland Athletics. As insinuated in the now mega-famous book and major motion picture about the way their front office handles it’s baseball business, that’s just fine with them.
The A’s have started this year right where they left off last season. They are 8- 2 having just completed a series sweep of–you guessed it–division favorite L.A.
And there was no dramatic fashion to it. Oakland out pitched, out hit and outplayed the Angels in all three games.
Oakland hitters are really showing some fire, especially during the third game of the series on Thursday night when every batter in their starting lineup got at least one hit. That included home runs by third baseman Josh Donaldson and outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.
The victory was the sixth in a row for Oakland after losing its first two of the year to Seattle. With the Detroit Tigers going to the Oakland Coliseum then the lowly new AL West addition Houston Astros following for three, the A’s are sitting in position to continue their hold on first place.