Oakland Athletics: Grading the A’s Season So Far
By Mark Sigmon
With the month of May coming to a close, it’s a good time to evaluate the Oakland Athletics season so far.
Heading into Tuesday’s game, the Oakland Athletics were ranked last in the American League West, having posted a 23-29 record through the first two months of the season. The A’s also have the second-worst ERA in the AL, the ninth-best team batting average, and the most errors.
It is difficult to know how good this Oakland A’s team can be. At their nadir, the Athletics had 13 players on the disabled list. Injuries have played a major role in how the A’s have performed so far this season. From ace Sonny Gray to backup catcher Josh Phegley, the Athletics’ medical staff has had a busy start to the 2016 season.
The A’s injury woes also included season-ending Tommy John surgeries for Chris Bassitt and Felix Doubront. Bassitt was expect to be a major force in the A’s rotation, and Doubront had pitched well in Spring Training, so the loss of both pitchers so early in the year was a major blow to the A’s.
Without a doubt, injuries like theirs have caused complications for the Athletics, but let’s take a look at how the team has performed so far:
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