Believe it was one year ago today when Verlander shut down the A's in Game 5...at Oakland. But it sure feels a lot worse this year...last year was such a surprise, but this year the A's were rightfully expected to at least make it to the ALCS.
But they choked. Again. Too many guys picked the worst time to slump, with Donaldson and Moss leading that parade. But last night wasn't the true choke job...once Cabrerra went deep to make it 2-0, that game was over. The true choke was Game 4...hard to fault Straily for one pitch, but DAMN. The Martinez HR interference non-call hurt...but even after that, the A's had a golden opportunity: Bases loaded, NO OUTS. But then Melvin lets two strikeout machines bat BEFORE he decides to send a very good contact hitter in Callaspo up there.
And even going back to the 1st inning of Game 1, if Barton makes that play it's only 2-0. Oh well, it's done.
As for 2014, Texas and Angels will continue to spend money, and hard to imagine the Angels will get off to a horrible start 3 years in a row. But the A's should still have good pitching, so hard to count them out.
Alrighty then...Go Warriors.
[ Edited by DelCed2486 on Oct 11, 2013 at 9:02 AM ]