Is Oakland just resigned to being a .500 team?
Last year, the A's were at the .500 mark a team-record 33 times. Fittingly, they finished the season 81-81.
This year, the A's have been at .500 12 times already, so they're on track to break that 2010 record. Sunday's loss to the White Sox put them at 20-20.
What's going on? The A's were expected to contend this season because of their standout pitching. And there are few problems in that department -- Oakland has the best ERA in the league.
The A's best starter, Trevor Cahill, did have his seven-game winning streak come to an end on Sunday in Oakland's 4-3 loss to the White Sox at the Coliseum, but he's 6-1 overall.
The A's have had more defensive trouble over the first month and a half than they should have, but in the past two days against Chicago, Oakland got very good defensive work, apart from Cahill's throwing error, which led to two unearned runs.
Hitting remains the issue, with manager Bob Geren trying to juggle several slumping players, including both third basemen, Kevin Kouzmanoff and Andy LaRoche, second baseman Mark Ellis, and designated hitter Hideki Matsui, who has not started four of the past six games.
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