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Athletics look to end 5-game losing streak beginning with NY Mets

The Oakland A's come home looking to regain their winning ways without Yoenis Cespedes.
The Oakland A's come home looking to regain their winning ways without Yoenis Cespedes.
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The Oakland A’s come home to face the New York Mets Tuesday night after a 1-6 road trip. The A’s are looking to regain their winning ways after trading Yoenis Cespedes three weeks ago.

Scott Kazmir takes the mound for Athletics' opener against the Mets
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Before the trade the A's were playing well but that didn't stop A's GM Billy Beane from reloading and rearranging. However, the A's are now mired in a an offensive slump and are 7-10 without Cespedes in the month of September. Cespedes has come to terms with the trade and has found Boston a welcoming city. Cespedes still has nice feelings for the city of Oakland, the A’s management and the fans. “It was a sincere honor to have started my playing career in Oakland. I wish them all the best and hope they win the World Series,” Cespedes said.

With 38 games left in the season, the A’s have a stronghold on at least one playoff spot whether it’s the wild card or clinching the AL West title for the third straight year. Currently battling the Anaheim Angels for the AL West title, the A’s season-high 5-game losing streak has put them 1\2 game back in the standings with 6-game lead for the AL wild card.

They open a small 5-game home stand starting with the New York Mets Tuesday night. Scott Kazmir (13-5) will take the mound for the A’s. Kazmir faced the Mets in New York earlier this season and in three innings of work gave up seven runs on eight hits at Citi Field.

The Mets counter with Dillon Gee (4-5) in the series opener Tuesday night. Zack Wheeler (8-8) will face newly acquired former Cub, Jeff Samardzija, in the Wednesday afternoon matinee finale.

Stephen Vogt is optimistic in spite of the slump. “Every team goes through these kinds of stretches. We just have to regain some momentum,” Vogt said. “It’s good it’s happening now with plenty of ball to play and time left in the season to turn this around.”

After the Mets’ two-game set, the A’s will have a chance to prove their playoff worthiness with three games against the Angels at O.co. and again, after a trip to Houston, next week with four more games in Anaheim.