Two months down, four to go for the 2023 Major League Baseball season. Now that we are in the month of June, the “dog days’’ of summer are here and things are sure to start heating up.
It was another week where there were some good, some bad, and even some strange things that went on. With that said, it’s time to fire up another Stock Up, Stock Down for the last seven days.
Stock Up: Oakland A’s
You might be saying, the Oakland A’s? The same Oakland A’s that are on pace for a possibly historic season in terms of losses? The same Oakland A’s that entered Memorial Day with just 10 wins? Yes, those Oakland A’s.
It has been a disaster of a season for the Bay Area A’s since they threw the first pitch on Opening Day. They have suffered losses in just about every way possible and the season isn’t nearly half over yet. They could very easily have 70-plus losses at the All-Star Break, which is completely insane.
For all the bad that has happened, they had one of their few positive moments of the 2023 season in the last seven days. After being swept by the Houston Astros over the weekend, they hosted the National League East Division-leading Atlanta Braves for a three-game set. They took two out of three games to win the series.
They won the series opener on Monday, 7-2, then they won a pitchers duel, 2-1, Tuesday night. The positives have been very few and far between, despite losing the final game of the series 4-2 Wednesday and they are very unlikely to be a Stock Up again this season, so it’s time to give credit where credit is due.