The final week of the 2021 MLB regular season is upon us and we need an epic week for the A’s, as well as some help from elsewhere, to prolong our season beyond Sunday.
It’s almost ‘same again’ as last week, albeit with us facing the Mariners and then the Astros on the road rather than at the Coliseum. The home ‘leg’ was a tale of two very contrasting fortunes, so we’ll see what this week brings.
There are plenty of permutations in an intriguing AL Wild Card race; however it’s simple enough for the A’s. Realistically, the aim has to be to win all six remaining games to get us to 91 wins.
Seattle Mariners (A)
Season series so far: 4-12
If we miss out on the play-offs then we can look back at how we’ve played against the Mariners as a key reason why. They’re a better team than some want to give credit, but it would be a let-down for us to finish behind them in the standings given the quality we have, never mind the disappointment of potentially not claiming a Wild Card spot.
The way they swept us last week was almost the death knell for our season. We have to get revenge by getting the brooms out at T-Mobile Park if we are to have any chance of being in the mix over the final weekend.
- Gm1. Cole Irvin – Chris Flexen
- Gm2. Chris Bassitt – Yusei Kikuchi
- Gm3. Frankie Montas – Logan Gilbert.
Houston Astros (A)
Season series so far: 7-9
After the Astros swept the four-game opening series, it tasted very sweet to get a sweep over them this past weekend. Doing it again and winning the season series 10-9 would be a near-miraculous turnaround.
That would be fitting given that we’re in need of a miracle over the final week!
- Gm1. Sean Manaea – Zack Greinke
- Gm2. Paul Blackburn – Framber Valdez
- Gm3. Chris Bassitt – Jake Odorizzi