Batters are being hit at a rate unseen since the 1890s. Kevin Pillar’s beaning showed how devastating one pitch can be.
The franchise has swung from unbeatable to unwatchable ever since its Philadelphia days. The 2021 team has been both in the first three weeks of the season.
All four series feature division rivals facing off, but the packed schedule means regular-season tactics might not cut it.
The A’s got their first postseason series victory since 2006, and they will now face a Houston team that has become their nemesis.
Kyle Lewis of the Seattle Mariners is a top contender for the American League Rookie of the Year Award in a shortened season upended by postponements and delays.
Fiers revealed the cheating scheme by the Houston Astros, his former club, but he has fended off attention ever since. “He wants the game to be straightaway,” his father said.
Without a union or safety net, scores of minor league players, stadium workers and club employees have borne the financial pain of the suspended M.L.B. season.