Oakland A’s podcast with Lewis Rubman: Too much Mariners and Rangers spoiled A’s drive to post season

Oakland A’s manager Bob Melvin after getting ejected by umpire Greg Gibson (53) Wed Sep 22, 2021 at the Oakland Coliseum against the Seattle Mariners worked as hard and skillfully as he could but it was not enough to win a Wild Card spot this season (AP News photo)

On the Oakland A’s podcast with Lewis Rubman for Jeremiah Salmonson:

#1 Lewis, This is our last A’s podcast for 2021 and as hard as that is it’s got to be harder for A’s manager Bob Melvin who skippered the ship as things happened in the course of the season like the bullpen struggled and too many meetings with the Rangers and Mariners.

#2 The Mariners were certainly tough customers on the A’s in the last two months of the season they swept the A’s in a four game series in Oakland and swept them again in Seattle this week in a three game series which eliminated them from playoff contention.

#3 The A’s before taking off to Seattle had a three game sweep in Oakland over the Houston Astros who the A’s currently trail by eight games and who they were with in two games behind them in second place for most of the season.

#4 Oakland A’s shortstop Elvis Andrus had successful surgery on Wednesday repairing his fibula which fractured on Saturday on a slide at home plate on Saturday. Andrus went through two surgeries one to repair the fibula and one to repair the ankle due to a sprain joint in the left leg. Dr. Bringham Au at Trinity Surgical Center in Arlington who performed the surgery said Andrus should be ready for spring training next season.

#5 The A’s will be starting Sean Manaea (10-10 ERA 3.94) he’ll be opposed by the Astros Framber Valdez (11-5 ERA 2.98) first pitch at Minute Maid Field 5:10 PDT.

Lewis Rubman filled in for Jeremiah Salmonson. Jeremiah did the Oakland A’s podcasts each Friday for the 2021 season and will be back Saturdays with the San Francisco 49ers podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

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