With the series finale at 12:35 PM of the three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays today, the A’s are eyeing their first series sweep of the year. Oakland is currently sitting at a 26-32 record and have Jharel Cotton taking the mound in today’s day game.
The Athletics’ bats are heating up and the bullpen as of late has been nailing the coffin when summoned by manager Bob Melvin. But this is nothing Oakland fans are not accustomed to; egregious road trips and satisfactory home stands. Reliever Daniel Coulombe yesterday in the A’s 4-1 win pitched two thirds of an inning, lowering his ERA to 2.41. Coulombe has been spectacular for the Athletics this year. Madson and Casilla both did their part with a shutout inning of their own and surprisingly, Casilla didn’t give the Oakland faithful any heart attacks, letting just one runner on base.
Ryon Healy has been on fire and has been the only piece in the A’s lineup who I can have the utmost confidence in. Healy a few days ago tied a franchise record with four extra base hits which happened to include his first career two-homer game. Healy this past week has a .346 average, four homeruns and ten ribbies.
Another member of that lineup who has been relatively productive is Jed Lowrie. It’s looking more and more likely that Lowrie will be dealt at the trade deadline with his .292 average and 20 RBIs. However, this isn’t all that bad. This opens room for the A’s shortstop prospect Franklin Barreto who has been tearing it up at Triple-A Nashville.
Barreto’s stats: .278 avg., 4 triples, 31 RBIs, .318 OBP
Opening eyes from Nashville as well is supposed “gold glove ready” third baseman, Matt Chapman. Members of the Oakland Athletics farm system and MLB Pipeline.com have critically acclaimed Chapman as a gold glove third baseman playing in the minors – I won’t believe it till I see it. Chapman the other day had his first multi-homer game. That’s odd… his bat is supposedly the only thing holding him back from being called up. I guess a blind squirrel finds a nut every once in a while.
Chapman’s stats: .255 avg., 14 HRs, 26 RBIs, .335 OBP, .955 fielding percentage
Will the A’s cap of this brief home series against the Jays today? Time will only tell. But every time Oakland has taken two out of the first couple games of a series, they can never find a way to cap it off.