The A’s are on a role. They recently beat up Masahiro Tanaka to give Roark the fusion he needed to end up defeating the Yankees by a score of 5-3.
This comes on the heels of the A’s winning three out of four against the Astros the previous weekend. Now that they have swept the Yankees, they are tied with the Rays for the top Wild Card spot in the American League.
Yankees not Satisfied with the Game
The A’s are not satisfied with simply making it to the playoffs as a Wild Card team. They want to ride this momentum all the way to the World Series. Given the fact that they are a most respectable 26-19 this year against teams who appear heading to the playoffs, they should certainly be viewed as a contended.
Now that they are 21 games over the .500 mark, it definitely appears that they are serious about playing deep into September and October.
For much of the year, the A’s have been focused on hitting home runs to show that they can win. Recently, they have shaken that up a bit. They have just won their fourth game of the season in which they did not hit at least one home run.
Instead, they scored runs based on quality individual at-bats. Canha has recently extended to seven games his hitting streak. On top of that, he is batting a tremendous .354 in the current month.
Scoring early is allowing their pitching staff, Roark among them, to pitch confidently knowing that if they can get ahead in the strike count they will be ok. Roark recently pitched 65 fastballs. He plowed through the Yankees lineup on the heels of his teams superior offensive play.
Roark now has an ERA of 2.63 since joining the A’s and getting four games under his belt.
The bullpen is troublesome to stay the least. He wants to be able to safely hand the game off and be confident that the team will bring it home down the stretch. With 22 blown saves over the course of the season, the hope is that these troubles are behind them.
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