Oakland Athletics Season Preview and Tickets

The only way is up for the Oakland Athletics after a 2022 season where they finished bottom of the American League West with just 60 wins. Their 102 losses were the most in the American League – and the second most in baseball – and they finished a goliath 46 games behind the division (and World Series) winning Houston Astros. Running down the Astros is a non-starter, but a solid improvement would be getting ahead of the Texas Rangers, a team they finished eight wins behind last season.

The Athletics do get the boost of starting the 2023 season at home as they welcome the Los Angeles Angels to RingCentral Coliseum on Thursday, March 30. They play three games against the Angels before hosting the Cleveland Guardians for three games immediately after. Other April home series for the Athletics include tilts against the New York Mets, Chicago Cubs, and Cincinnati Reds.

Here are three questions for the Athletics ahead of the 2023 season.

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Three Key Questions

Are the Athletics just aiming for Las Vegas?

It is rough to suggest that an MLB team has no interest in winning baseball games. That is 100% the vibe you get from the Athletics, however, as team ownership has done nothing major to address the failings of their 100-loss 2022 season. A handful of veterans and young players have signed to team-friendly deals, but the feeling is that most of those have been signed to be trade fodder should one (or more) excel. The A’s didn’t have a single player with over 20 games played hit over .250. That is disastrous, yet most will be back in 2023. This is a team that – at the ownership level – has no interest in winning in Oakland, they want their move to Las Vegas.

Can the pitchers hold up?

After noting that the A’s batting was a disaster last year – though it might be somewhat better in 2023 – it is worth looking at the arms on the Athletics’ roster. They hit the foreign market, bringing Drew Rucinski from South Korea and Shintato Fujinama from Japan. They also have a crop of legitimate pitching prospects in Kyle Muller, Ken Waldichuck, and J.P. Sears, while Paul Blackburn and James Kapriellan are solid – if unspectacular – at the top of the rotation. This staff is a year or two – and one major addition – away from being more than competent.

Is there any infield hitting?

The A’s are solid at catcher, but the infield is a mess after that. THey project to be the worst team in the Majors in first base production while also sitting in the bottom five at shortstop, third base, and DH. The farm needs to produce – quickly – while a bounceback season from Jesus Aguilar after his disastrous 2022 with the Marlins would be huge. It will take several unexpected bats appearing simultaneously for this lineup to be dangerous on a day-to-day basis.

Upcoming Athletics Home Games (Before the All-Star Break)

Thu, March 30 – Los Angeles Angels

Sat, April 1 – Los Angeles Angels

Sun, April 2 – Los Angeles Angels

Mon, April 3 – Cleveland Guardians

Tue, April 4 – Cleveland Guardians

Wed, April 5 – Cleveland Guardians

Fri, April 14 – New York Mets

Sat, April 15 – New York Mets

Sun, April 16 – New York Mets

Mon, April 17 – Chicago Cubs

Tue, April 18- Chicago Cubs

Wed, April 19 – Chicago Cubs

Fri, April 28 – Cincinnati Reds

Sat, April 29 – Cincinnati Reds

Sun, April 30 – Cincinnati Reds

Tue, May 2 – Seattle Mariners

Wed, May 3 – Seattle Mariners

Thu, May 4 – Seattle Mariners

Thu, May 11 – Texas Rangers

Fri, May 12 – Texas Rangers

Sat, May 13 – Texas Rangers

Sun, May 14 – Texas Rangers

Mon, May 15 – Arizona Diamondbacks

Tue, May 16 – Arizona Diamondbacks

Wed, May 17 – Arizona Diamondbacks

Fri, May 26 – Houston Astros

Sat, May 27 – Houston Astros

Sun, May 28 – Houston Astros

Mon, May 29 – Atlanta Braves

Tue, May 30 – Atlanta Braves

Wed, May 31 – Atlanta Braves

Mon, June 12 – Tampa Bay Rays

Tue, June 13 – Tampa Bay Rays

Wed, June 14 – Tampa Bay Rays

Thu, June 15 – Tampa Bay Rays

Fri, June 16 – Philadelphia Phillies

Sat, June 17 – Philadelphia Phillies

Sun, June 18 – Philadelphia Phillies

Tue, June 27 – New York Yankees

Wed, June 28 – New York Yankees

Thu, June 29 – New York Yankees

Fri, June 30 – Chicago White Sox

Sat, July 1 – Chicago White Sox

Sun, July 2 – Chicago White Sox

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