When assessing how MLB teams have performed in the first three weeks of the season, win-loss record can paint a somewhat misleading picture with such a small sample size.
That’s why we also use run differential to see trends and how are they affecting performance and, therefore, the win-loss record.
With the Oakland Athletics, there are no tricks: they are bad according to win-loss record, run differential, pythagorean winning percentage, and anything you want to add.
In fact, they have the absolute worst run differential in baseball.
“The 10 worst run differentials through three weeks of the MLB season: Oakland: -86; Colorado: -51; Kansas City: -51; Detroit: -36; Chicago White Sox: -26; Miami: -26; Washington: -25; Cincinnati: -16; Philadelphia: -13; Toronto: -12,” MLB insider Jeff Passan tweeted.
The 10 worst run differentials through three weeks of the MLB season:
Kansas City: -51
Chicago White Sox: -26
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) April 20, 2023
The difference between the A’s -86 and the next-worst team, the Colorado Rockies and the Kansas City Royals with -51, is considerable.
That number speaks volumes about the quality of the roster that the ownership has sent to the field night in and night out.
No wonder the A’s have an MLB-worst 3-16 record, and no wonder why fans don’t go to the stadium.
With the news that the A’s are building a stadium in Las Vegas, the number of fans going to games will probably hit all-time lows.
And it’s definitely not their fault.
It’s on the ownership, who decided to dramatically cut payroll and expenses and traded their best players for prospects.
Fans don’t want to see another rebuild.
They want to go to the stadium (one of the worst in MLB, by the way) to watch a competitive team.
They haven’t had that in at least a couple of years and won’t have it anymore.NEXT: A's Release Statement Regarding Las Vegas Move