Oakland Athletics Need A Positive Week

By Gregory Philson
Adam Dunn
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The Oakland Athletics have spent much of the 2014 MLB season with the best record in baseball because of a potent offense and great pitching.

That has, however, gone away much quicker than anyone could have anticipated after the Los Angeles Angels have not only taken over the American League West, but are starting to run away with the division. The Athletics dropped all four to the Angels over this past weekend and desperately need to have a positive change of pace this week.

The A’s started the week off right with a 6-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners at O.co Coliseum Monday. Jason Hammel had his best start as an Athletic with eight innings of five strikeout, one-run ball. New pick-up Adam Dunn homered and drove in two. Josh Reddick and Geovany Soto also collected a pair of RBI.

The rest of the week contains two more games against the Mariners and a should-be easier three-game set against the Houston Astros. The series against the Astros could not have come at a better time, but the Athletics must come out ready to sweep one of the worst teams in baseball. The Athletics lead baseball in runs scored, but struggled scoring in August. The acquisition of slugger Dunn will help, but it is more important that Brandon Moss (.169 average in August) finds the swing he had earlier this season.

The Athletics are going to make the American League playoffs unless something catastrophic occurs, but if they continue to play like they have recently rather than they played earlier this year, an early exit is on the horizon.

Gregory T. Philson is an MLB contributing writer at RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @GTPhilson, “Like” him on Facebook, and add him to your network on GoogleRead more here.

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