Critical win for the A’s on Sunday. Let’s not make any bones about it. The world would not have come to an end had the A’s been swept by the Los Angeles Angels over the weekend, but it would’ve looked considerably more gray. They needed to taste a little success, so they had reason to feel good going forward, and Mark Ellis’ walk-off slam did the trick.
That said, the A’s found out how they measured up to AL West’s best team, and clearly, they come up quite short. It took a stiff like Chris Bootcheck coming out of the bullpen for the A’s to get a match-up that favored them, and that’s not going to happen too often. What I took out of the series was that the Angels’ lineup is deeper, their starting pitching will shut down the A’s, and the bullpens are relatively even.
In other words, the A’s aren’t in the Angels’ league. At least not as presently constructed with Frank Thomas, Ryan Sweeney, etc., on the disabled list. Not that they were built with 2008 supremacy in mind. At least now, they have an idea of how much improvement still is needed.
Four more series still left with the Angels, and a lot can happen in the final 16 weeks, so keep that in mind, too.