The last three years in the AL West have been mostly been straightforward wins for the Houston Astros, but after a tumultuous offseason and now a difficult start to the abbreviated season, they are facing a fight to even make the expanded playoffs.
How will Oakland fare in 2020?
Each Major League Baseball season brings a new group of prospects ready to explode onto the big league scene. Sometimes service time nonsense deprives us of a few weeks, sometimes new contracts mean they are with us from Opening Day onwards.
The Tampa Bay Rays and the Oakland Athletics will get the American League side of the 2019 MLB postseason underway in just two days as for a second consecutive year a team with 95+ wins will find itself out of contention just one game in. That’s the beauty of the Wildcard games.
Sadly, the time has come to face the ending moments of a very competitive 2019 season in Major League Baseball. But while much of the playoff picture has already been determined, a few crucial battles are yet to conclude.
The Oakland Athletics, Tampa Bay Rays and Cleveland Indians will battle it out for the last remaining playoff spots over the final week of the season. The american league wildcard race is now the final competitive contest of the regular season.
We’re getting the most competitive AL wildcard race since 2017 but what most fans are interested in remains which teams will eventually end up playing in the play-in game on October 2nd. And what better time to evaluate the teams’ chances than when September is right round the corner?
They continue to overperform, and while they’re not the only team who punch above their financial weight, it shouldn’t be taken for granted.
Starting pitcher Tanner Roark has been traded from the Cincinnati Reds to the Oakland Athletics, as reported by The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.
Toronto Blue Jays versatility man Eric Sogard should be a target for the Oakland Athletics.
Oakland Athletics won 97 games in 2018 and are looking to get somewhere near that mark again in 2019. There's a lot of uncertainty in the Bay.
Swiss-army knife Marwin Gonzalez is one of several big-name, unsigned free agents. The former Houston Astro could fit on almost any Major League roster, but interest has been relatively limited thus far.
The Oakland Athletics are willing to do whatever it takes to get Kyler Murray to play baseball. Murray won the Heisman Trophy and is considering declaring for the NFL Draft.
Which team will come out on top?
For many years there was a monopolistic National League but come the turn of the century a new league was formed: The American League. The AL was originally called the Western League but was changed to the AL in 1900 and was officially founded as a major league in January 1901.