It is difficult to lose 100 games in a season. Even teams that are obviously rebuilding and looking to improve their draft position can accidentally win 63 games. That is exactly the position that the Oakland A’s find themselves in.
And yet, that is the prediction for at least one site. Our sister site, Call to the Pen, has made their bold predictions for every team. In that post, they predicted that the A’s would lose at least 100 games during the 2022 season.
Losing 100+ games would be historic for Oakland A’s
It would be an almost unprecedented level of ineptitude for the A’s to lose 100 games. The last time they managed to reach that 100 loss plateau was back in 1979, when the A’s were 54-108. That season led to BillyBall and two winning seasons in three years before Billy Martin wore out his welcome.
In fact, for all of the A’s futility over the years, they have only lost 100 or more games 16 times in franchise history. Even when Connie Mack was selling his players because he could not afford to pay them, the A’s were still typically able to avoid being completely putrid.
At the same time, it is easy to see why one could imagine the A’s losing 100 or more games. Frankie Montas is the last man standing in the rotation right now and he could be out the door at any moment. Their lineup is basically Sean Murphy, Ramon Laureano, and a lot of nothing. There are so many question marks on the roster that it could double as The Riddler’s suit.
But the A’s continue to find a way. Those unheralded players end up typically panning out. The A’s continue their conveyer belt of talent, eventually emerging from that rebuild with a couple of minor bumps in the road. It is highly probable that they lose 90 games, but a 100 loss season would be a first in a generation.
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At least one website is predicting the Oakland A’s to lose 100 games in 2022. It would literally be the first time in a generation that happened.