What an incredibly difficult stretch the Oakland Athletics find themselves in. After taking two of three in a hard-fought road series with the New York Yankees, the A’s hobbled their way to Cleveland to face an equally feisty Indians squad.
The bad news is the Athletics got swept out of town in four games. The worse news: They left more physically damaged than psychologically—which is saying something considering the "Railinggate" blown home run call during Wednesday’s loss.
To be sure, Oakland is not immune to injury. The A’s are used to players getting hurt and the team is equipped to have major league depth at each position to compensate. However, the Athletics right now have too many starters who are on the mend, which is greatly impairing the team’s performance on the field in all facets—the offense, defense and pitching. One game they’ll score a few runs and lose; and the next night they’ll be completely shut down offensively.
They simply cannot put a whole game together when so many players are missing.
This team has been through these types of trials and tribulations before. Last year they were able to overcome rough patches like the one they’re currently in. Can they do it again this season? Will they be able to tread water until they get back to full health and strength? If the Cleveland series is any indication, then not likely.
Here are five lessons learned from the series against the Indians.