Leading Off: Another great season for the A's
10/12/2013 12:00 AM
10/08/2014 10:50 AM
For the second season in a row, the A's gave their fans plenty of reasons to cheer in 2013.
They were tied for the second-most wins in baseball (96) and earned home-field advantage for the American League Division Series. Though they were beaten again by the Tigers, they gave their fans five great playoff games, including three at packed and rocking O.co Coliseum.
Sure, it's a disappointing end to a great season, but things could be worse for A's fans – they could live in Houston or Miami.
So enjoy the success, knowing your team was one of the best eight (and better than the Giants, too) and look forward to the playoffs again in 2014.
Speaking of the A's, why didn't manager Bob Melvin have some of his players lay down bunts and test Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera, especially with the bases loaded with no outs in the eighth inning of Game 4?
Cabrera was hampered by a groin injury and other assorted ailments, and he might have had trouble getting to a well-placed bunt.
Was that decision more about Melvin and the A's style of hitting or that the bunt seems to be a lost art these days?
Let's see what the Red Sox do in a similar situation against the Tigers.
What to watch
Baseball playoff doubleheader, NLCS, 1 p.m., TBS and ALCS, 5 p.m., FOX40: Yes, the A's were eliminated, but there's still plenty of baseball left.
How will the A's do next season?
Win the World Series
Advance to the Series
Win the A.L. West, but lose in playoffs
Win a wild card, but lose in the playoffs
Miss the playoffs
Vote above or leave your comments in the comments field; or go to www.sacbee.com/sports
Thursday's poll results
Which offensive style should the 49ers use?
Power running, led by Frank Gore: 86%
Passing, led by Colin Kaepernick: 14%
Total votes: 259
About This BlogMatt Kawahara has covered baseball for The Sacramento Bee for three years. Kawahara, a McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley graduate, joined The Bee in 2010. Before joining Sports, he was a general assignment news reporter. Reach Kawahara at firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter: @matthewkawahara.
Key linksWorld Series galleries, columns, live game blogs, scoreboard
World Series Guide: Scores, stats, matchups
Giants scores & stats
A's scores & stats
River Cats scores & stats
Join the Discussion
The Sacramento Bee is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.