Let’s go back to September 24 through September 26 last year. The Oakland A’s swept the Houston Astros in three games in Oakland, a series that was their last gasp in a futile push for the postseason. That series was also significant because it was the last time that they had swept an opponent.
After 33 series, that is no longer the case. As Kyle Tucker hit a grounder to third for the final out of the A’s 4-2 victory, it marked their first sweep of the season. Having it come against the Astros just made that even sweeter.
Oakland A’s finally notch sweep in 2022
With 38 wins on the season, sweeps were going to be difficult to come by. That is especially the case in the Coliseum, where the A’s were 11-31 over the first half of the year. However, a 6-2 run to begin the second half is an encouraging sign.
That is really the goal for the second half. The A’s are going to sell as many pieces as they can before the trade deadline, giving those younger players an opportunity to cement a role going forward. An improved record would be nice, but this is about setting up their future.
This start to the second half, and their sweep of the Astros, could be a springboard. It is a positive moment that the A’s can point to throughout the rest of the season, a three day period where they proved that they could go toe to toe with one of the best teams in the game and come out victorious. That could be the confidence boost that they need.
The Oakland A’s are not suddenly going to contend because of a three game sweep. It is, however, a stepping stone for the future.