OK Mets fans – name five players on the Oakland A’s. While the A’s play in the AL West, they’re also 86-61 this year, so it shouldn’t be that much of a challenge for a baseball fan to know their top players. Let’s see, there’s dark horse MVP candidate Josh Donaldson, there’s down ballot Cy Young Award choice Bartolo Colon, there’s Home Run Derby champ Yoenis Cespedes and then the big names run out.
Of course there’s Metsense favorite Josh Reddick and they pulled off a trade in the offseason to get position player Chris Young. So, it’s not impossible to name five but it’s not exactly easy, either. So, how on earth does a team with so few stars have the second-best record in the American League?
Good health, especially among its starting rotation is a key. But there are two things that the Mets could adopt from the A’s that are leading to success in the Bay Area. Let’s start with the bullpen. Oakland has five relievers to have appeared in 40+ games this year and two of t