The optimism of the Athletics’ first lead of the season quickly diminished during Tuesday night’s 5-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The A’s 0-6 record matches the team’s worst start to a season since 1916. Needless to say, the clubhouse vibe doesn't feel great.
“I’ve said things,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said after the game.
Melvin wouldn’t go into detail about the things that were said, but one could imagine. Melvin appeared to take longer than normal to arrive at his postgame availability.
Starter Chris Bassitt admitted the Dodgers lineup is a tough one.
“They whooped my a-- today, no way else around it,” Bassitt said.
The A's as a whole, however, isn’t panicking. Remember, it’s a long season.
“I think everyone’s just kind of looking themselves in the mirror and what can you do better? What can you clean up? That’s pretty much it,” Bassitt said. “I think long-term wise, I don’t think anyone’s too worried. I just think short-term, it sucks.”
“Yeah, we’ve all had conversations. Again, it’s more so -- it’s six games into a six-month season,” Bassitt said. “I mean, it sucks to start this way, but we know how good we are. Again, I think it’s more so just embarrassing, it’s not so much a panic long-term, it’s embarrassing right now.”
A’s outfielder Stephen Piscotty said something similar.
“It’s still optimistic," he said. "I don’t think there’s any panic. It’s not fun, we’re not happy about it, but I think this group looks at it through the right lens and has some perspective on 162 so we need to improve sooner rather than later, but there’s no panic.”
Piscotty admitted he felt he said “no panic” multiple times.
“I don’t think we dwell on it,” he said. “It’s not in our nature -- we’ve gone through rough patches in the past.”
Melvin said this is a chance to change the lineup a bit, which means the possibility of bringing outfielder Seth Brown, who was recalled on Tuesday from the alternate site, in to start on Wednesday.