The Oakland A’s are expected to have a rough stretch beginning in 2022. With their expected fire sale and the start of a rebuilding process, wins could be hard to come by. The A’s streak of four consecutive winning seasons may be in jeopardy.
Not everyone is pessimistic however. WynnBet.com projects the A’s to be at approximately .500 for the upcoming season, setting their over/under for wins at 80.5.
A reason for optimism with Oakland A’s
Based on the A’s statements and expectations, this would seemingly be a perfect opportunity to make a quick buck. 80.5 wins seems incredibly optimistic when one considers that the likes of Matt Olson, Matt Chapman, Sean Manaea, and Chris Bassitt are expected to be traded away. Depending on how many players are traded, the A’s may more closely resemble a Triple-A team than a major league roster.
But casinos and gambling sites are not in business to lose money. How often do we see teams cover the spread in the last few seconds of a game? How often do we, at the end of the year, look back and see that these places were far closer to the end result than anyone would have imagined?
The same could be the case with the A’s in the coming year. Yes, the rebuild is expected. However, due to the ongoing lockout, it may be difficult for the A’s to move some of those players before the start of the season. They are still going to want to maximize their return as much as possible.
If the A’s start the year with their pair of Matts and the same rotation as they had in 2021, that projection could be accurate. They could have at least a month or two with close to the same roster that won 86 games last season as the core would remain intact. But it all depends on when that fire sale happens.
The Oakland A’s over/under for wins has been set at 80.5 for 2022. Maybe there is a reason to be optimistic about the coming year after all.