Giants & A’s

Matt Kawahara, Bay Area baseball beat writer

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.

Weekend poll

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 Blog

Matt 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 mkawahara@sacbee.com. Twitter: @matthewkawahara.

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