The Athletics were in line for the win after Jeff Samardzija threw seven scoreless innings, and Adam Dunn singled in a run against his former team. Instead, they lost for the 10th time in 13 games because the bullpen failed again to protect a lead.
The A’s have lost seven of nine, including a four-game series at the AL West-leading Los Angeles Angels before dropping two of three to Seattle at the Coliseum.
You’re favorite team is just one key piece away from awkwardly hoisting that flagpole-laden World Series trophy, at least that’s what any self-respecting fan should think. But who should they add leading up to the July 31st trade deadline? Everyone with a blog thinks they know who’s on the move and where they will fit best, but successfully mixing up championship chemistry is tough, and that’s why General Managers make a ton of dough. What’s easier to figure out is who’s available that can’t help you. Here are our picks for (allegedly available) players that you don’t want your team to swap for leading up to the July 31st trade deadline.
Dayan Viciedo will likely hit behind Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko in Robin Ventura’s lineup – a middle of the order that could combine for 100 dingers under the right circumstances.