Oakland Athletics: 5 Lessons from Series Sweep of Houston Astros

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Oakland Athletics: 5 Lessons from Series Sweep of Houston Astros
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The second series of the Oakland Athletics' season came and went this past weekend. The A’s introduced themselves to the Houston Astros—the new members of the American League West—or rather, got reacquainted with one another.

This trio of games was a reunion for several members of these two organizations. The A’s and Astros were involved in a five-player deal this past offseason, with Oakland sending three players, Chris Carter, Brad Peacock and Max Stassi to Houston in exchange for Jed Lowrie and Fernando Rodriguez. Additionally, Houston obtained Travis Blackley from the A’s in a trade on April 4.

All in all, the series featured five former A’s (Blackley, Carter, Peacock, Carlos Pena and Brett Wallace) and two former Astros (Lowrie and Nate Frieman) on their new respective major league rosters.

This familiarity between the two squads assuaged some of the newness of Houston joining the American League, and it provided an early opportunity in the season to evaluate which organization got the better of these player acquisitions. But after Oakland’s three-game sweep in which they drubbed the host Houstonians by a combined 23-9, it’s pretty clear that the A’s will be taking advantage of their new division mates often and potentially rather ruthlessly. And that the Astros are going to be as terrible as nearly everyone predicted them to be.
Aside from the obvious discrepancy in the one-sided scoring, here are five things we learned from the Athletics-Astros series last weekend.
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