While most teams in Major League Baseball underachieve potential upside, Oakland continues to get it done despite a lower-tier salary base ($84 million in 2019 – 25th). The A’s won 97 games in back-to-back seasons, but they bowed out of the playoffs in the American League Wild Card game each year. Over the past 21 seasons, Oakland made the postseason 10 times with no World Series appearances. In the team’s 119-year history, the A’s have nine World Series titles. They won five championships in Philadelphia (1910, 1911, 1913, 1929, and 1930) and four others in Oakland (1972, 1973, 1974, and 1989) while making the playoffs in 28 different seasons.
They finished sixth in the majors in ERA (3.97) with 45 saves last year. The A’s moved to eighth in runs scored (845), fifth in home runs (257), and ninth in RBI (800).
Oakland added a pair of bench players (C Austin Allen and 2B Tony Kemp) via trades with the Padres and the Cubs. The only pitcher added to the roster was RP T.J. McFarland. The A’s moved on from 2B Jurickson Profar.
In 2020, Oakland looks poised to ride two hotshot lefty arms (Jesus Luzardo and A.J. Puk) to the postseason. Their starting…