The Oakland Athletics completed the three-game sweep of the visiting Seattle Mariners, Sunday afternoon, with a dominant 7-1 victory. With that win, the A's have now run their current winning streak to nine games.
At the beginning of their streak, Oakland was failing to tread water in the AL West, dwelling in the cellar with a 19-25 record. Just over a week removed from being mired in mediocrity, the A's now sit in second place in the division, sporting a solid 28-25 record. In their last 10 games (9-1), Oakland has cut into the division-leading Houston Astros' lead by three, going from 9.5 down to 6.5.
What is amazing is that this team has continued this improbable streak while their no. 1 power-hitting threat, Khris Davis, currently resides on the injured list. The last five games have been played without the benefit of Davis, but that has not slowed the hottest team in baseball down.
Over the past five games, Oakland has outscored their opponents 31-15, averaging 6.2 runs scored per game and only giving up three runs per contest (+3.2 rpg). Throughout the entire nine-game streak, the A's have beaten teams by an average of 4.67 runs per game, totaling 65 runs scored versus 23 allowed. As a team, they managed to hit 22 homeruns during the stretch.
On the season, offensively, the A's rank mostly better than middle-of-the-pack in various categories:
2019 Athletics Team Hitting Stats
Runs Scored: 264 (t-12th)
Homeruns: 78 (10th)
On-Base Pct. plus Slugging: .749 (16th)
The pitching staff has stepped their games up as well, allowing their potent offense to jump out to leads and hold onto them. Following their recent success, Oakland's pitchers are pushing the team up the leader boards.
2019 Athletics Team Pitching Stats
Earned Run Average: 4.02 (10th)
Batting Avg. Against: .237 (8th)
WHIP: 1.26 (10th)
Leading the charge offensive charge for the A's 2019 campaign is third baseman Matt Chapman, who has posted: .266 BA/.354 OBP/.891 OPS, 13 HR, 31 RBI, 32 R through 53 games (199 official at-bats). On the pitching side, 26-year-old Frankie Montas is having a career year, putting up excellent numbers: 6-2 record, 10 starts, 60 IP, 2.40 ERA, 61 K, 1.13 WHIP.
Along the way, Oakland has also recorded three-game sweeps of both the Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians. The A's will have their opportunity to push the streak to double digits today at 1:07 PM, in Oakland, against the visiting Los Angeles Angels.