Finally, at long last, the 2021 season is upon us. The Oakland A’s are looking to not only reach the postseason for the fourth consecutive year, but they are also looking to defend their AL West title. This may not be easy, especially given the improvements that other teams in the league made this offseason.
But that does not mean that the A’s are in trouble. They still have a formidable core, both in their lineup and on the pitching side. Their offense struggled last year, but that should change with a normal spring training and a return to their usual levels of production.
Three bold predictions for the Oakland A’s
For as much as we can prognosticate, we really do not know anything until the games are played. But that will not stop anyone from making predictions, some more obvious than others. Here, we will make three predictions that, while they may not come true, have the potential to do so.
Here are our three bold predictions for the Oakland A’s for the 2021 season.
Matt Olson is an MVP finalist
Olson is already getting attention over the course of the offseason. He had been predicted to tie for the American League in home runs, which would certainly garner attention for both the All Star Game and MVP. His performance in the preseason would seemingly indicate that he is ready to live up to those hopes.
Add in his Gold Glove caliber defense at first, and Olson has a chance to become a star this season. The A’s should not only contend for a playoff berth, but may be the best overall team in the West. Should Oakland return to the postseason, and Olson plays to his potential, he should end up in the conversation for several awards.
One of those awards could be the AL MVP. If Matt Olson leads the AL in homers and the Oakland A’s reach the postseason, he will be a finalist for the MVP award.