Game 19 wrapup: Early problems against non-AL West teams could bode ill for A’s

Are we picking up a pattern here?

Could it be that the A’s are fish out of water when they leave the American League West?

Oakland was swept for the first time in 2013 when the Tampa Bay Rays outscored the A’s 17-4 in a thorough dismantling in Tropicana Field this weekend.

    It was the sixth game the A’s have played against a non-AL West opponent and the A’s are 1-5 in those games against the Tigers and the Rays.

But in games against the West Oakland is 11-2, although the A’s have yet to play Texas, which moved back into the first place with a weekend sweep of the Mariners.

That makes this week’s three-game set in Fenway Park something of a barometer for Oakland. If the A’s do well, then the early failure outside the West will be just a blip on the radar. If not, it may be an indication that it’s going to be a long season going against the AL East and AL Central.

As it is now, the Oakland pitching staff has a 3.00 ERA against the West and a 5.67 ERA against everyone else. That kind of disparity is based on a small sample size, making it difficult to judge, but if it becomes a trend, the A’s are in trouble.

John Hickey

A longtime baseball writer three years into in his second go-round covering to the Oakland A's beat after a dozen years covering the Seattle Mariners. Covered the A's through the late 1980s and 1990s.