Nine games in seven days; that’s what is in store for the Oakland A’s this week.
Normally I would be of the opinion that there’s no such thing as too much A’s baseball; however considering we come into this week on a nine-game losing streak it’s fair to say we’re going to be up against it.
This run of games is either going to be great news for us, giving us no chance to dwell on losses and get straight back at it, or could be a nightmare!
The Tigers series has an odd look to it with a double-header on Tuesday. It will be even stranger in practice as the first-half is a make-up of one of the games that was postponed from what should have been the first week of the season. Consequently, although the game will be at Comerica Park, the A’s technically will be the home team and therefore bat in the bottom half of the innings.
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In our latest YouTube video, I review what was a poor series in Minnesota against the Twins and then look ahead to the games coming up this week.
The A’s have made a roster move in the past couple of hours, calling up outfielder Luis Barrera and designating Billy McKinney for assignment.
The latter was worth a shot as an inexpensive off-season pick-up who would bring some MLB experience to the team, but he’s struggled so badly at the plate (only 5 hits in total from 57 plate appearances) that it was difficult to justify him taking up a spot on the 40-man roster, let alone the active 26-man roster.
It’s probable that McKinney will accept the assignment and join the Las Vegas Aviators in Triple-A as it seems unlikely another team would take him right now. He’ll know that if he can get his swing going in Vegas there’s a decent possibility that he could get some more playing time with the A’s later in the season, so sticking in the organisation may be his best option.
McKinney only needs to look at the man who has replaced him to understand how quickly things can turn around.
Luis Barrera was somewhat surprisingly DFA’d back on 11 April to clear a 40-man roster spot. He wasn’t claimed by another team, so he accepted the assignment to return to the Aviators and has hit .286 with three home runs in 23 games.
Given the offensive struggles the A’s have had over the past couple of weeks, there’s a roster place for him to grab hold off if he can show some promise. He’s getting an immediate chance to do just that as he’s been named in the A’s starting line-up for tonight’s game against the Detroit Tigers.