Athletics

A's ready to use San Diego day off to wash away losing streak

Athletics
Ramon Laureano

Three straight losses, all by one run. That's the A's reality right now as they slide down the AL West standings and loosen their lead in the AL wild-card standings after Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Seattle Mariners. 

"It means that we came up short a run every game and that we got to re-group and there's a lot more baseball left to be played," A's manager Bob Melvin simple said. "Give them credit. Whether it's a big play, whether it's a hit, whether it's a big out by the pitching staff, they were a little better than us this series.

"But there's a lot more baseball left to be played." 

The A's have plenty of reasons to be frustrated right now. They know they could have left Seattle with a four-game sweep over a division foe. This would have put the heat on the Houston Astros and made Oakland feel nice and comfortable when it comes to the wild card. Instead, they left T-Mobile Park ready for an unhappy flight to San Diego. 

Melvin's squad could easily hang their heads and turn all their attention to Tuesday night when they face the San Diego Padres, a team that just acquired an All-Star second baseman. That would just be counterproductive, though. This is a long season and every team needs a deep breath. 

Or a day at the beach. 

"Couple of us have talked about jumping in the water there in San Diego," starting pitcher Cole Irvin said. "It might be a few of us that go to the beach a little bit and just kind of relax. Try to keep our minds straight, kind of re-group -- we're not far off. ... I know some guys' families will be in San Diego, so I'm sure that'll be a nice thing for them.

 

"I think we'll be able to re-group and have a good week this next week and see where we're at."

Again, this is needed. At some point, players have to move on from losses, no matter how infuriating they might be. You can only dwell for so long. 

Come game time, the A's know what they must do. They're now 5.5 games back of the Astros in the AL West and only 1.5 games up on the Mariners for the seond AL wild-card spot. The MLB trade deadline is days away, and they don't want to keep moving in the wrong direction. 

They're also confident they can get hot in a hurry. Just ask first baseman Matt Olson, who hit his 27th homer of the year on Sunday. 

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"We have been a second-half team and there's no reason we can't be," Olson said. "It hasn't been too long after the break. We still got 60 games left, a ton of baseball. It's a big hit away, a blowout away, just something to get a little momentum.

"... There's nothing that looking in the past is gonna do for us. Learn from it, move on and go win some ball games." 

Elephants will stomp around a San Diego beach at some point on Monday, and yes, that's just as good of a thing for a baseball team as it sounds. Soon after, it'll be time for a needed win at Petco Park.