What’s that horrible stench that you smell up in the San Francisco Bay Area? Most likely it’s from that foul smelling baseball that the A’s and Giants have been playing all season. Three years removed from their 3rd title in a decade and the Giants hosted a non-sellout crowd for the first time in 7 years (530 games, a NL record), which is shocking when you consider it’s the middle of summer and that they play in a jewel of a stadium, but when you play this badly people do stop showing up. The A’s on the other hand, hosted 9,736 fans on Monday, they showed their appreciation to their loyal fans by getting…two hits.
How bad has it been this season you ask? A’s are dead last in the AL West, while the Giants are not only last they are also 29.5 games back of the Dodgers! The Giants are dead last in the NL in homers, slugging percentage, OPS, hits allowed, opposing batting average against … you get the picture. Meanwhile in Oakland, the fans are bracing for the usual Moneyball trades (players who are doing well near the end of their contracts being traded for prospects that not everyone is high on). Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson have already been shipped and everyone is expecting Yader Alonso, Sonny Gray, and possibly others to join the exodus leaving the East Bay.
Overall, the experience at either ballpark has been dreary, boring (especially with both offenses being anemic in what has been considered a big year for offense) baseball in the Bay Area. At this point, the excitement will mostly be on which players get moved and which side of the bay will the prospects land.
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