That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary: Athletics and Giants at the All Star Break– The cellar dwellers.

June 29, 2017 AP File Photo:  Oakland Athletics shortstop Franklin Barreto (1) smiles in the dugout prior to a Major League Baseball game between the Houston Astros and the Oakland Athletics at Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX. The Astros won the game 6-1…Trask Smith/CSM (Cal Sport Media via AP Images)

By Amaury Pi Gonzalez

OAKLAND–How many predicted than arriving at the 2017 All Star break the Oakland Athletics would have a better record than the San Francisco Giants? So is the case. Although, it really doesn’t matter, they are both last place teams.

The A’s at this time are a much more exciting team to watch than the Giants. Their influx of young talent makes their fans fill with hope of Ryan Chapman, Franklin Barreto, and Matt Olson and all the young and talented players they have come up from the minors.

Also the Athletics have home run power, Khris Davis, Yonder Alonso, Ryon Healy; they can all hit dingers with the best of them. The Giants cannot say the same. Not that they had much power during their three World Series titles 2010-12-14 because they were never a power driven team, but they had pitching, a great bullpen, which they still do not have even though they did signed Mark Melancon, plus they had very good defense and enough hitting to make them winners.

So we are now at the All Star break. The Athletics are in last place in the AL West with a 39-50 record, and 21 games out of first place, occupied by the Houston Astros who are running away with the division.

The Giants are also in the cellar, in the NL West with a 34-56 record, 27 games out of first place; the Giants won-lost record is the second worst in the major leagues, only Philadelphia 29-58 are below the Giants. The bad news for the Giants doesn’t stop there. We all know for years and years if the Giants do not win the pennant their fans are happy that the Dodgers also do not make it. But not this season. The Los Angeles Dodgers have the best record in all of baseball at the break with an incredible 61-29 cruising in first place with a 7.5 lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks. So this could be a season where the Dodgers win the World Series and the Giants finish last in their division.

With 530 consecutive sellouts the Giants fans are flocking to AT&T Park, and enjoying the painful games. Some fans are in denial, some do not want to see reality, and they want to live in the past during the good years of three World Series titles. And that is all good, fans pay good money to see their team so they can enjoy even a terrible season.

What are the A’s and Giants going to do before the 31st of this month (deadline for trades)? We know that the Athletics are always active before, during and after July each season, so Sonny Gray, Yonder Alonso, Jed Lowry, Santiago Casilla and others that have value could be Adios very soon.

How about the Giants? Cueto is probably going to pack and move to an American League team, Hunter Pence could be gone as well as Eduardo Nunez, or there could be some surprises. There could be a few players that are Adios Pelota!! The Giants need people that can hit the ball out of the park and drive in lots of runs. The crew they currently have is not getting any younger. We know that ATT Park is not a home run hitting paradise, but visiting teams have no problem hitting home runs there, but not the team that plays 81 games there, Would the Giants trade a “healthy” Madison Bumgarner? I think all is possible. The Giants also have the money to load up again, trade and sign some big names if they wish to do so. The chemistry they enjoyed with this bunch is not there anymore. And if it is broken you must fix it.

Finally. There is one piece of news that might be the most positive for the Oakland Athletics and it has nothing to do with trading or signing players. That will be when they announce the location of their new “baseball only” new ballpark in Oakland.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the Angels TV Spanish talent, the A’s radio Spanish talent, and does News and Commentary each week at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

 

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