A’s shortstop Marcus Semian made an important observation about his ALDS against the Astros before Game 2 on Tuesday.
“I think it’s about our crime and we have to get them out,” Semian said. “It sounds like a good offensive kindergarten.”
Winning Slugfest this year was not an A formula. In the regular season, they were 3-18, allowing 5-18 or more runs, and when they kept opposing teams at four or less.
At a lively Dodger Stadium, the Astros scored six home runs in two games, winning 10-5 and 5-2. A has hit five homers but has done something more insulting; They were 0-for-6 with the runners in scoring in Game 1 and there was no such bat in Game 2.
Third baseman Jake Lamb said Wednesday morning it was possible the hitters were working too hard given the atmosphere at stake. Lame pointed to one of his bats in Game 1 when he came up with two runners and a double play.
“Looking at it, I was moving around a lot on the first two pitches, chasing a few pitches outside the zone,” Lele said. “After that bat-bat I reminded myself… there are situations where you want to go, hey, base hit rally continues, next man. And I think everyone kind of realized that. There will be home runs as well as ball flying. You just have to be more discriminating with the help you render toward other people. ”
Outfielder Robbie Grossman, meanwhile, said he did not think the ASs were suppressing emotions as they needed to get out of the Astros.
“I don’t think the boys really think about it,” Grossman said. “I think you go from a stadium like we play in the Coliseum – a big stadium in the league if not the biggest – in a place like Dodger Stadium where it’s a really, really, really, really good place. To hit. And it’s showing. Every time I’ve been here it’s been proven, and the guys know it’s going to be in the series. But I don’t think there’s anything that people are consciously thinking about. ”
A’s lineup has been unusually calm in the last innings of Games 1 and 2. They had a plus-slugging percentage of more than 70 points compared to Reliever (.759) at the start of the season (.687). After the fifth innings in both games, the goalless Houston relievers allowed two unbeaten runs by adding seven scoreless innings.
“I don’t think it’s just an innings,” said Lamb. “In games like this, we have both scored well, but the biggest situation could be in the first innings. And if you are not locked up or you are trying too hard, you may miss out on a great opportunity. I think it’s a good reminder for everyone to just stay inside and create the future mentality of such a man.