The Oakland Athletics just continue to roll out of the gate.
In dispatching the Houston Astros 11-2 on Monday night in Oakland, the A’s now sit at 10-4 on the young season. Monday’s victory, in which Tommy Milone improved to 3-0, propelled the A’s to standing alone in the American League, as they’re now the first AL squad to notch 10 wins.
Oakland now holds the second-best record in all of MLB, record-wise. They’re looking up at the Atlanta Braves, who are currently 11-1 (buoyed by Justin Upton‘s incredible first few games with his new team).
Traditionally, the A’s stumble through April before picking up steam in May and June, but that’s definitely not the case in 2013. Monday’s game was a microcosm of everything that has gone right for Bob Melvin and the team thus far: even without the services of everyday outfielders Yoenis Cespedes (on the DL) and Josh Reddick (given the day off against Astros lefty Erik Bedard), the team still managed to score double-digit runs.
They’re getting contributions from everyone, including first baseman Nate Freiman, who hit his first big-league home run in Oakland’s six-run first inning against Bedard.
Milone is also quietly off to an excellent start himself. He earned his third win of the season on Monday, changing speeds effectively and keeping the Astros’ hitters off-balance for most of the evening.
Of course, this is the A’s. Tou probably won’t hear much about their 10-4 start to the 2013 campaign from the national sports media, which tends to be more concerned with the big-budget teams (and, understandably, the Braves, who seem unbeatable).
Despite the lack of respect from most major outlets, the reigning AL West division champs continue to make a statement on the field. It’s surely something A’s fans everywhere are enjoying a few weeks into what is expected to be an exciting season.