Oakland Athletics: Why the A’s are a Playoff Team in 2021

In 2021 the Oakland Athletics should make the MLB playoffs, especially with the AL West being there for them to grab.

The A’s can hit and their bullpen is no joke, but their rotation is pretty thin.

Give the A’s credit for retooling and staying competitive over the years.

With the American League being wide open, I wouldn’t be surprised if Oakland had one of the better records.

Let’s break down why the Oakland Athletics are a playoff team in ’21.

Powerful Pen

The A’s recently added former San Diego Padre Trevor Rosenthal.

The righty allowed only five earned runs and eight walks in 23.2 innings pitched between San Diego and Kansas City.

The A’s also have the luxury of handing the ball to Jake Diekman, Sergio Romo, and A.J. Puk.

We’ve seen how important bullpens can be during a team’s title pursuit.

From the Kansas City Royals to the Washington Nationals, bullpens have been huge in the playoffs and if Oakland wants to make a deep run in ’21, they’ll need arms to show up.

I wonder if the A’s will consider trading for more pen help before the trade deadline this season.

New-Look Offense

The Oakland Athletics acquired shortstop Elvis Andrus in a big trade with Texas this offseason and it also sent slugger Khris Davis out of the Bay Area.

Andrus can get on base and flash some power. He also has World Series experience.

The A’s also have Matt Chapman and Mark Canha in their lineup.

Chapman launched 36 homers in 2019 and 10 during the shortened season in 2020.

First baseman Matt Olsen connected for 14 long balls in ’20 and should play a key role for the Athletics in ’21.

Sean Murphy is slated to be the A’s starting catcher with Mitch Moreland listed as a first base option from time to time, but he should be the primary DH.

Moreland has playoff experience and belted 10 dingers last season between Boston and San Diego.

Of course, we can’t forget about center fielder Ramon Laureano. The stellar defender collected 25 ribbies for the A’s and he tallied 67 RBIs in ’19.

Weak Division

The AL West isn’t a scary division, so Oakland should win it again.

The Seattle Mariners are rebuilding, the Texas Rangers have a lot of work to do before being contenders, and Houston needs more pitching.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Angels are still piecing together their starting rotation, but they have a batting order with some familiar faces.

Veterans like Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, and Justin Upton help create some pop, but the Halos need Shohei Ohtani and Jo Adell to take over more often.

The Oakland Athletics need to keep an eye on the starting pitching market throughout the season.

Right now the A’s have Frankie Montas, Sean Manaea, and Mike Fiers in their rotation among others.

Manaea had a 4.50 ERA in 54 innings pitched in ’20.

The A’s may not win a World Series in 2021, but they’ll juice things up a bit.

How far do you think the A’s will go this year? Leave a comment below.

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