The Oakland Athletics should be glad that the month of May is over and done with. What started out as a somewhat promising month quickly was highlighted by key injuries that helped contribute to dismally low offensive performances.
It was a straining 31 days for the entire team, though. Three members of the starting lineup along with the team’s ace all saw time on the disabled list. Oakland’s closer was demoted. The A’s were shut out five times and finished May with eight straight losses—dropping them to last place in the American League West. Heck, manager Bob Melvin was even ejected twice during the month.
Needless to say, it was a tough go-round for this group of young players who were one of MLB's bright spots for exceeding expectations over the course of the season’s first five weeks. But obviously, the baseball gods evened out Oakland's karma for the season, putting the team in some dire situations in May. Not many ballclubs could overcome losing two members of their outfield, their third baseman and their No. 1 starting pitcher—all within a week of each other. And for an inexperienced team like the A’s, it proved to be even more difficult to handle.
That said, the Athletics certainly did their best given the circumstances. But they still finished May with an 11-16 record.
It was definitely not easy to watch, but there are always lessons to take away from those trying times. Here are five things we learned about the A’s in the month of May.