There wasn't supposed to be any major questions revolving around the Athletics infield this offseason.
Since he joined the Athletics in 2016, no American Leaguer has hit more home run than Khris Davis. Only four have driven in more runs.
The Oakland offense was the AL's 5th-highest scoring in the second half of 2017. It had the 8th-highest average, 5th-highest OBP and 2nd-most XBH.
A funny thing happened on the way to 87 losses.
"Opportunistic" is one word that can be used to describe the Athletics' 2017 season.
Coming off a scratched start, lost to a groin strain, six days ago, Jharel Cotton made it though 5 scoreless frames Sunday before he was lifted.
Matt Olson stomped into Philadelphia and put on a power display that would not go unnoticed.
For any professional sports franchise in throes of complete rebuild, there are certain checkpoints offering promise of a corner turned.
After Saturday's doubleheader, Oakland and Houston Sunday afternoon seemed to hit the snooze button on the alarm clock for their bats.
With a 96-mph fastball, Charlie Morton blew away Matt Joyce for the second out in the second inning of Game 1 Saturday.
Behind three separate crooked-number innings, the Athletics ran away to a 11-1 whooping of the Astros in Game 1.
Almost as if a postseason berth lay in the balance, Oakland continues to battle.
Sign-stealing is as much a part of baseball as base-stealing.
Runners at second can tap a foot, depending on which would tell the batter if the pitch will be inside or outside. In 2005, then- Chicago White Sox pitcher Mark …
Sean Manaea provided the legwork and Khris Davis did the heavy lifting as the Athletics labored their way clear of an eight-game losing streak.
Players chose nicknames to be worn on the back of their unique uniforms, but few teams wore them as well as the Athletics.
Jharel "Squeaky" Cotton was squeaky clean in Sunday's series-sweeping, 4-2 win over Texas.
Topping the order for seventh time this season, Marcus "Mahkus" Semien collected two hits and drew a walk, scoring two runs.
Like cracking an egg, the Athletics proved Friday night there is more than one way to win a baseball game.
Kansas City overcame two late A's runs by pushing across the deciding 13th run of the game in the ninth.
Kendall Graveman made the big inning stand up, tossing his best game since May to carry his club to an 9-3 answer-back thumping
Baltimore handed Sean Manaea a third-consecutive poor start, knocking the lefty out before the vendor popcorn finished popping.
Though it was merely three years ago, every member of the Athletics' most recent postseason run has now since departed Oakland.
As the Athletics continue their tumble down the rabbit hole of stagnation, Chapman has emerged as the latest beacon of a nearing baseball wonderland.
For the second time this season, the Oakland Athletics have claimed walk-off wins in back-to-back games.
The Oakland Athletics continued their freefall, committing two more errors and losing their fifth in a row.
The Oakland offense handed Sean Manaea an early lead, and the big lefty embraced the advantage.
Khris Davis' game-winner capped an evening that included the first and second homers of Matt Chapman's career.
It took Sonny Gray a while to settle in. But when he did, he blew by Cleveland, carrying Oakland to a 5-0 win.
The A's young roster is also peppered with veterans, many of whom boast high trade value.
In front of 40,019 fans -- the A's largest draw since 2005 -- the green and gold couldn't capture any energy.
The Oakland Athletics got a third-straight outstanding performance from their starting pitcher. None of them netted a win.
The Oakland Athletics could not have asked for more from Paul Blackburn making his major league debut.
The future is now for the A's. Following a painful move, six of the organization's top 10 prospects now make their baseball home in Oakland.
Oakland had "Celebration" on repeat after sweeping four from the Yankees. But the Astros changed the A's tune.
The A's boast baseball's sixth-best home record — and the second-worst road record.
Though Aaron Judge has been showered with "MVP" for each at-bat, it was Ryon Healy who mashed a pair of long home runs Saturday.