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Baseball By The Bay

Two bay area professional baseball teams are swinging for October. The Talon asks CB who they think has a better chance to make the playoffs. It’s spring time again and you know what that means — tanning by the pool, spring cleaning, and Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giants baseball. It’s an even year, so […]

Two bay area professional baseball teams are swinging for October. The Talon asks CB who they think has a better chance to make the playoffs.

It’s spring time again and you know what that means — tanning by the pool, spring cleaning, and Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giants baseball. It’s an even year, so if history repeats itself, the Giants have a good chance to win their fourth World Series in seven years. The A’s look to make it back to the playoffs after rebuilding for the past several years.

The Giants look to have a big 2016 after some big acquisitions during the offseason by signing pitchers Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija. To solidify the outfield, the Giants added centerfielder Denard Span to hit lead off and replace the departed Nori Aoki. Even with the new additions, the Giants did lose some famous faces like pitchers Tim Lincecum and Ryan Vogelsong.

The A’s look to make it back to the playoffs after not making it to October last year. The A’s went back into rebuilding mode after getting eliminated in the wild card game in the 2014. They traded away big bats like Josh Donaldson, Derek Norris, and Yoenis Céspedes. Both Donaldson and Céspedes were All-Stars and lead their teams to the playoffs last year. But the A’s made some offseason moves that possibly benefit them with additions of infielder Jed Lowrie and pitcher Ryan Madson.

An A’s fan from when he started playing T-Ball, Jacob French (’16) believes the A’s will fall shrot of glory.

“They’ll barely get in [the] playoffs or choke before the playoffs,” he says.

After a slow start, Oakland has found their rhythm and are striding for the playoffs. Right fielder Josh Reddick leads the team in runs batted in and is tied with two other players, Mark Semien and Chris Coghlan, for most home runs though April 25. Backup catcher Josh Phegley currently leads the team in batting average.

CB’s own baseball star and lifelong Giants fan Jackson Balantac (’16) says the Giants are going to reach the glory of October.

“[The Giants will] win the World Series,” says the senior. “It’s an even year.”

A Giants fan through family, Shelby Rodich (’16), believes in the Giants this year.

“They show a lot of promise,” she says. “Plus it’s an even year.”

After a hot start, the Giants have slowed down and are looking to get back into their winning ways. Right fielder Hunter Pence leads in RBI with 12. Left fielder Angel Pagan has the best batting average on the team so far with .333.

Both these teams look to have a strong a season and make a push towards the October gold. The Giants have tradition behind them of winning the series in even years. The Athletics plan on to keep using Billy Beane’s moneyball tactics to make it back to October.

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