The A's have been playing good baseball as of late, but the struggles on the road still haunt the club. The last series win on the road came right after the All-Star break at the lowly Kansas City Royals. The A's now head to the struggling Seattle Mariners- winners of only three out of their last 10 games- to try and turn their struggles on the away from the Coliseum. The A's are eight games under .500 away from home, and the going doesn't get easier with a road schedule that includes Minnesota, New York, and Texas before the month ends. Here's three reasons why the A's have a legitimate shot at taking the series in Seattle.
- Safeco field is similar to the Coliseum. Both parks are known for being pitchers parks, which is an advantage for the light hitting A's. They will have to face Felix Hernandez in the three game set, but King Felix's run support this year is worse than bad. Vin Mazzaro, Brett Anderson, and Dallas Braden will take the mound Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, respectively. Mazzaro had tremendous rookie troubles of giving up the long ball, and while he has tempered this problem slightly, Safeco can be a forgiving place for a pitcher. For a contact pither like Braden, Safeco will be comforting.
- The A's are used to playing in Seattle. Being division rivals, the A's and Mariners play each other almost 20 times a season. The familiarity with the ballclub and Safeco will make this an opportunity to perform well on the road.
- The A's have been grinding out runs lately. What I mean, is that they are not looking for the big hit, rather, getting a man on base, advancing him and looking for the sacrifice fly (which became a staple of sorts in the series with Texas). The A's shouldn't need many runs to win games against Seattle, if they can continue to manufacture a few runs per game, they will be sitting pretty.
Facing facts, even with a sweep, the A's don't put themselves in the playoff race. But, it would provide belief to a team that desperately needs anything to stay within earshot of a hot-hitting and now ace-driven Texas ballclub.