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A’s drop series opener to Los Angeles Angels in decisive fashion

The A’s fell into third place in the A.L. West, a half-game behind the Los Angeles Angels. They dropped out of a wild card spot for the first time in 16 days. Neither is a huge deal at this point. But what should be troubling to A’s fans is that the Angels appeared to clearly be a superior team in Monday’s 4-0 win over the A’s. Before the season, that was an obvious statement. But then the A’s went and surprised us with their torrid run through July. The expectations were raised and so were the stakes, to the point where this early August three-game series unexpectedly means something. The Angels arrived in Oakland having lost four of their previous five, but they have a roster that’s capable of really turning it on and getting hot. The A’s faced a serious Cy Young candidate in Jered Weaver on Monday. They tried containing an M.V.P. candidate in leadoff hitter Mike Trout. Oh yeah, No. 3 hitter Albert Pujols ain’t bad either.

It’s hardly gloom and doom for the A’s because they lost the opener of this series. We’ve seen how resilient this team is, how it picks itself up off the canvas when it looks finished. Having lost six of their past nine, the A’s need to do that now. Sending Bartolo Colon to the mound Tuesday offers good potential for a rebound, though Angels lefty C.J. Wilson counters with a 2.29 ERA. On Wednesday, the A’s face former Cy Young winner Zack Greinke. Their work is cut out for them, no doubt.

Will the A’s get Yoenis Cespedes back Tuesday? That’s a pretty big question. His absence was glaring in a game like Monday’s. His presence alone gives the lineup so much more credibility, it gives opposing pitchers more to worry about, and it has to send a shot of confidence through everyone in the A’s dugout. Cespedes’ wrist has sidelined him for two of the past three days, but manager Bob Melvin seemed hopeful of perhaps getting Cespedes back Tuesday night.

That’s all for now …

Joe Stiglich

  • Stan

    Bob did it again..no Yoenis vs the biggest rival right now. What an idiot. A sprain right now can be taped..he’s young,strong..Yoenis can take it. Melvin is NOT a good manager. Carny would have told Yoenis to play AND paint the outfield stripes while he’s at it. Yoenis can rest all winter. Beane,wheres his guts when the A’s need it?

  • Stan

    “Look at our record with him and without”..says Melvin not realizing the pure stupidity of then playing the Angels WITHOUT him. A LOSS.

  • Stan

    Hey-Beane and Melvin are sure showing me..how right I am!

  • Stan

    Is this Hatteberg doll part of that great A’s marketing you were telling me about Joe?..take this idea to your other boss-Beane. Barry Zito Cy Young bobblehead! 12th anniversary..oh,they will go like hotcakes!. A sell out at OcO.Com..hell with that-THE COLISEUM! Rules!

    BRING BACK RAY.

  • Stan

    The PADRES sold for 800 million!. Now tell me again the A’s have no equity?..uh,180-220 million bought,and seven years later gained 600 million +. And we passed on Hanley Ramirez?..just a joke,this ownership group..failing upwards by the year. ALL that’s wrong with corporate America.

  • Stan

    I wonder what Andy Doitch would have done with 600 million?

  • Todd Fuller

    Stan, if you actually think Melvin is a terrible manager, then you are dumber than I thought. Melvin has done an unreal job with this squad. You speak nonsense.

  • Stan

    He “rests” Yoenis in May..vs the Angels. Dumb squared. I called him down on that then. He rests Yoenis because he has an owee the day before,A’s lose. And his relief calls? horrible. A guy gives up a game losing HR..Bob puts him in the same situation the NEXT day..boom..another loss.
    Bob might be a nicer guy then Geren,and a better manager then that “worst ever” as Fuentes called him..but THAT does not make Bob a great one himself.

  • Stan

    Am I right Joe? being a better manager then Geren isnt much?

  • Stan

    And I think most of my readers know I didn’t say-ever- that Melvin was a terrible manager. If your going to call me down on what I say..could you stick to what I actually said and not your own unique interpretation,huh Todd?