I don’t know what the hurry was, but the Oakland A’s wasted no time, in the aftermath of this post about their trade deadline prospects, in making me look like a fool. Getting swept by the Royals appears to make my remarks look ridiculous, but perhaps it’s not as bad as all that. Let’s face it–the Royals are the best team in the league right now, so it’s no surprise that they would come into Oakland and cool the Athletics’ engines. Even so, none of the games were blowouts, and the A’s led in each of the last two games.
Nevertheless, getting swept at home is getting swept at home. If the A’s rebound and play well against the loserish Rockies and Mariners–and that means at least 5-2, not barely scraping by with a series win and a split–then the upcoming three games against the Yankees will be telling. In other words, go 7-3 in the next ten, and think about adding on and getting back in the race. Otherwise, start dialing for dollars and/or prospects. So New York, July 7th, 8th, and 9th–start spreading the news, or start spreading the team.
In one sense, this is an interesting case study in how a Major League Baseball team has to address the issue of the trade deadline. A bad start followed by solid play leads to a need for continual reassessment; and every time new results come in, a further refinement to the thinking is required. A little bit of insight into what a GM has to assess, constantly, in order to keep his job.