Sporting Green// Oakland Sports
LOS ANGELES– One thing was supremely clear at Dodger Arena as ALDS Computer game 2 advanced Tuesday: The Astros bench was vibrant, engaged, promoted. Oakland’s dugout, particularly in the latter phases of a 5-2 loss, was flat much of the time.
” That’s sort of part of baseball,” A’s 3rd baseman Jake Lamb stated Wednesday early morning. “When you’re not getting those hits and they’re coming through with success, leaving the backyard, there going to be times it’s down in the dugout. That’s what we need to focus on, for those who aren’t playing; we need to be loud and rowdy in the dugout.”
Does it really matter if the group’s subs delight in the game or if they’re resting on their hands? With no fans in the stands, yes– probably a lot more so than typical. The group said having member of the family cheering them on made a big distinction in the wild-card round, nevertheless households aren’t enabled into Dodger Arena for this round. So the A’s needs to produce the feeling themselves and get a far better vibe going today Wednesday, when they deal with prospective elimination. They’ll require consistent loud backing from what, after all, is a quite deep bench, with 28 gamers on the lineup.
” I think that’s quite typical of a group being ahead,” A’s manager Bob Melvin specified of the difference in between the benches in Game 2. “We have actually discussed having a bit more energy today throughout the course of the computer game – which we actually performed in our removal video games at home. Nevertheless it’s just natural when someone strikes a home run to put a group ahead, you’re going to hear that side a bit more.
” That’s a dynamic that does not enter play until this year. Normally, you can’t hear the other group because of the fans. Maybe we can be a little bit much better when we’re down, get a bit more positive. Nevertheless when again, the group that’s ahead, that’s done something a bit more just recently, is more than likely going to be more perky.”
How does a manager handle a potential removal video game? Melvin stated that he held a short team conference Wednesday early morning “and raised we have actually been through a number of these currently. … That would suggest we can manage them. We can’t worry about tomorrow, we can’t worry about the next day. You win today’s video game, you feel a lot far better tomorrow. Whatever kind of put into today, understanding what’s at stake.”
Susan Slusser covers the A’s for The San Francisco Chronicle. Email: [email protected]!.?.! Twitter: @susanslusser