As the A’s round out their first successful road trip this season with a 6-4 record, their winning percentage sits at .527 (29-26). This is good enough for a half game out of first place in the AL West. That corresponds to a final record of 85-77, which may be enough to take the division.
This is not a bad season, overall; however, a lot can be done to raise this percentage and give the A’s a legitimate chance at a late playoff appearance, and possible success.
Although the pitching is performing admirably, the A's desperately need to add a power bat to their lineup. One open position is left field. Some possible corner outfielders include:
With just one acquisition in left field, the A’s lineup looks formidable enough to contend in the playoffs:
Crisp/ Davis CF
With numerous trade pieces looming in the minors, the A’s have all the tools they need to make a deal this July. And with the Mariners struggling and Kendry Morales, the west may become a two-team race.
Major prospects such as outfielder Michael Taylor and first baseman Chris Carter should provide a major boost this September or sooner, but the next two months are a perfect time for Beane to make a move. And there is no denying the A’s pitching deserves it.
What do you think?
Who should the A’s go after?
Can they win in October with the current offense?