issues confronting the A'S
What the A's must do to reach the postseason and hold off the Angels:
Manager Bob Melvin has been mixing and matching most of the season with Eric Sogard having suffered an offensive tumble. Now Alberto Callaspo has a hamstring injury, so in the two weeks leading up to the trade deadline, this position needs to be dealt with.
Josh Reddick is about ready to return from the disabled list (hyperextended right knee). Does he come back as a full-time player or as part of some platoon?
The closer when the season started, he's at the end of the bullpen now. It's not good for him, and it's not good for the team. A trade seems the best option for all concerned.
Sonny Gray and Jesse Chavez have never thrown as much in a season as they are throwing now, Gray on pace for 214 innings and Chavez for 196. How can the A's limit their innings and still have them ready for postseason play?
The A's hit 88 homers in their first 78 games and averaged 5.1 runs per game. In the 17 games that got the A's to the break, it was just 10 homers and 4.0 RPG. How do the A's get their homer mojo back? Getting Coco Crisp back would help. The middle of the order is better when the leadoff man is on base, and he started just 10 of the 17 games.
-- JOHN HICKEY