Loss on loss
Behind Oakland by only a couple of games on the fourth, I wrote
These three games at home against the Aâ€™s arenâ€™t must-win games. But theyâ€™re certainly close. A sweep of the Aâ€™s would put the Mâ€™s a game back in the divisional standings and into the thick of it. A sweep at the hand of the Aâ€™s would put the Mâ€™s six games back of the Aâ€™s with two other teams between them and the season running out. 1-2 would be almost as bad: every day that goes by without making up ground is a day the team falls behind.
Win, team, win.
Since then, facing the divisional opponents they needed to knock off to climb up, they’ve gone
Hope’s back has been broken. There’s no way the M’s can compete for a playoff slot if they can’t beat their divisional opponents.
And coming up, we’ve got the Angels, the Yankees, the Angels before another Tampa Bay rest stop. This may hurt.