A’s center fielder Coco Crisp doesn’t much care for the idea that the trade deadline deal that sent Yoenis Cespedes to the Red Sox was a bad one for the A’s.
Crisp likes the additions of Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes, even if the A’s are 7-10 since the trade went down taking the slugging Cespedes to Boston, including a 1-6 road trip through Kansas City and Atlanta and a season-high five consecutive losses.
He said that in the first four months of the season the A’s never had to face much in the way of a slump. Now, they are facing a major test. Oakland has scored three runs or less in 13 of 17 games this month, and even with the A’s good pitching, it’s hard to generate many wins like that.
“Everybody goes through ups and downs,’’ Crisp said while packing for the trip home after the A’s 4-3 loss Sunday night to the Braves in Atlanta. “This is our first.
“It’s just unfortunate that the timing coincides with the trade. I still believe that things are going to work out for the best. I think that once we get on the right foot after this off day we’ll snap back into it.’’
The A’s have Monday off, then start a two-game series with the Mets in Oakland Tuesday night.
“It was a tough weekend,’’ Crisp said. “Nobody likes to lose. We’ve got to come out here, get this off day, regroup and try to get on a good note.’’
Crisp, who seems to be for the moment over the neck problem that had troubled him in June and July, seemed to regroup a little Sunday. He came into the game in a 5-for-43 skid (.116), but shot a double inside the left field line to open the game. It was the kind of at-bat that, earlier in the season, probably would have produced a run.
This time he didn’t make it past second base. It’s the way things have gone for the A’s lately, failing time and again to deliver with men in scoring position.
“Is it deflating?’’ manager Bob Melvin said. “Yeah, a little, when you get a guy on second and you don’t score. But it’s still the first inning. You can’t throw in the towel.’’
Crisp, who later drove in the A’s third run with a line drive to left for a sacrifice fly, said that, his numbers notwithstanding, he’s been feeling fine at the plate.
“All I can do is go up there and try my best,’’ Crisp said. “Whatever the results are, is going to be the results. I just have to be prepared for it, good or bad.’’
The same, it should be said, is true of the A’s as a whole.
“You are going to have your spill,’’ Crisp said in looking at the A’s overall. “It’s a matter of when you bounce back. We have to come out like we’ve played the last two games and hope that it ends up in our favor.’’