As July comes to a close, the Oakland A’s are at the top of their division, and have one of the best records in all of baseball (63-44).
And yet, as of Tuesday night, no player on the A’s has a batting average above .300. FOX40 spoke with pitchers A.J. Griffin and Jesse Chavez at the Coliseum on Tuesday for some insight into how the team keeps managing to win.
“It’s just a really good team atmosphere and everyone gets along in the clubhouse,” Griffin said.
Even with some of their sluggers struggling, timely hitting along with solid pitching and fielding have been winning factors.
“When you get 25 guys all knowing their role and doing the best they can at their job and, for the most part, executing when they need to, good things are going to happen,” Griffin explained.
The players also have high praise for the philosophies of manager Bob Melvin.
“We take every game a game at a time,” Chavez explained. “We don’t look at what is in the future, what is in the past. We look at today. And I think that’s the key to our success.”
A’s fans sometimes complain that the national sports media barely notices their team. The players, however, seem to enjoy flying under the national radar.
“We’re just going to continue to come out here and keep trying to play good baseball, and I think all of that will take care of itself,” Griffin said.