By Pete Schwichtenberg @schwick26_pete on August 31, 2014
Since Billy Beane has been the general manager of the Oakland Athletics he has done remarkable things, but one thing he has not done is get his team to the World Series. This season, they have been on top of the American League from the start, but they will not finish that way. Here is a look at the top five reasons that they will not win the World Series in 2014.
With the newly installed second wildcard, it has been become all the more difficult for a team that did not win its division to make it all the way through October. In a one-game playoff anything can happen. Should the A's be put in this situation they could be matched up against pitchers like David Price or Felix Hernandez. This would not be an ideal situation in a must-win game.
Earlier in the year it appeared the A's were going to run away with the AL West. They owned the division from the start and held a lead as large as six games in late June. But over the past few weeks, the Angels not only appear to have the A's number, but they have also taken control of the division. With a three-game series in the final weeks, the Angels may have a chance to put the division away.
Before the season began the A's ninth inning situation looked to be certain. But newly acquired, two time Johnson struggled mightily, lost his job and his roster spot. Currently, Eric O'Flaherty appears to have taken over the closers role after, all-star reliever Sean Doolitte when down with injury. Pitchers without much ninth inning experience closing games is not a recipe for success in October.
Yoenis Cespedes offensive game does not fit the A's philosophy. While he does have power, he doesn't walk enough and strikeouts out to much to be a 'money-ball' player. However, he was not only a fan-favorite, but also a team leader. When he was in the lineup, the A's won much more than they have lost. His loss will prove to be much bigger than many first thought at the deadline.
Overall, the A's offense leads the league in runs scored, but since the aforementioned deadline trade, their offense has been brutal. They have an August team batting average of .228 that ranks 20th in the league. They also rank 20th in runs scored over that same time. With injuries mounting and their slugger traded, the offense appears to be trending down as the games get bigger.
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