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Athletics vs. Royals, Indians Series Recaps: A's Back Where They Started

The Oakland Athletics wrapped up a week of baseball that saw them go 3-3 and end up right back where they started. The A’s wrapped up a four game series with the Rangers last Monday and were 15-14 and now find themselves 18-17 after this six game split.

As has been par for the course this season, the A’s offense was inconsistent over the week. They didn’t have serious offensive explosions in their victories, but they did manage the kind of timely hits that have often evaded them this season. Offensively, Ryan Sweeney had the best week, hitting 8-for-15. David DeJesus made arguably the bigger impact however, as he put up a line of .273/.360/.636 thanks to a pair of home runs and a triple. If he is starting to awaken from his hitting slump, the A’s offense could be in good shape moving forward.

Amongst the pitchers, arguments could be made for each pitcher’s week. Gio Gonzalez and Brandon McCarthy were the only pitchers with two starts and they put together similar lines for the week. However, it just goes to show how useless wins can be as a statistic as Gonzalez was 2-0 on the week and McCarthy was 0-1. One got some decent run support, the other had to scrap for everything he could get.

Upcoming Schedule: The upcoming week will have the A’s traveling to face the Texas Rangers for three games and then coming home for three games with the Chicago White Sox. The A’s split their previous four game home series with Texas and took two of three from the White Sox in Chicago.

Series Results
Tuesday: Indians 4 – A’s 1
WP: Fausto Carmona (3-3)
LP: Brian Fuentes (1-3)
Sv: Chris Perez (8)

Wednesday: A’s 3 – Indians 1
WP: Trevor Cahill (5-0)
LP: Josh Tomlin (4-1)
Sv: Grant Balfour (1)

Thursday: Indians 4 – A’s 3 F/12
WP: Chad Durbin (2-1)
LP: Craig Breslow (0-2)
Sv: Chris Perez (9)

Friday: A’s 3 – Royals 2
WP: Gio Gonzalez (4-2)
LP: Sean O’Sullivan (1-2)
Sv: Brian Fuentes (8)

Saturday: Royals 4 – A’s 3
WP: Joakim Soria (2-0)
LP: Brandon McCarthy (1-3)

Friday: A’s 5 – Royals 2
WP: Tyson Ross (2-2)
LP: Jeff Francis (0-4)
Sv: Brian Fuentes (9)