Five takeaways from A's 7-3 East Coast road trip
A's hold their own on East Coast trip
The A's finished off a four-game sweep of the Blue Jays Sunday to cap an impressive 7-3 road trip, which also included series with the Yankees and Red Sox. It was Oakland's first seven-win road trip in more than four years. Here are five takeaways:
1. Road power surge continues
The A's lead all of baseball with 47 home runs hit on the road this season. That's more home runs than 10 teams have hit total. During this 10-game road trip, Oakland belted 19 home runs and outscored its opponents 60-44. The A's hit at least one homer in every game, and 10 different Athletics went deep. Oakland now has seven players with at least five home runs on the season.
2. Bullpen comes up huge
The A's bullpen was phenomenal, particularly during the Toronto series, when starters Andrew Triggs and Brett Anderson left early with injuries on back-to-back days. The pen had to pitch 20 2/3 innings over a four-day span and they allowed just seven earned runs for an ERA of 3.05. For the trip, the bullpen posted a 3.43 ERA in 42 innings of work.
3. Mengden keeps dealing
RHP Daniel Mengden has officially solidified himself as Oakland's number two starter. The 25-year-old has a 2.18 ERA over his last seven starts, lowering his season ERA to 3.30. In his two starts on this road trip, Mengden allowed just one earned run in 13 innings, picking up two wins to even his record at 4-4.
4. Chapman breaks out of slump
Remember when Matt Chapman was mired in an offensive slump? That seems like ancient history now. Chapman hit .382 (13-for-34) on the road trip, with two home runs, five doubles, six RBI, and 10 runs scored. In his previous 10 games, the A's third baseman went just 2-for-35 at the plate. For the season, Chapman is hitting .254 with eight home runs and 21 RBI.
5. Piscotty honors his mother
The most emotional moment of the road trip came in Boston, when Stephen Piscotty hit a home run in his first at-bat since rejoining the team, following his mother Gretchen's funeral. As he touched home plate, Piscotty patted his chest to honor his mother, who passed away at the age of 55 after a battle with ALS. Piscotty also made the defensive play of the trip (and maybe the year) in Boston, when he flipped into the crowd to catch a foul ball.