Chicago Cubs beat up Oakland Athletics so bad that they are leaving Oakland
Top Oakland Athletics pitching prospect Mason Miller was no match for the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday afternoon as the Cubs routed the Athletics 12-2 as they completed their series sweep. Though, if we're being honest, Miller was impressive.
Miller routinely touched 100 mph on his fastball as he struck out five Cubs hitters through 4.2 innings pitched while allowing 2 runs on 4 hits and 1 walk. For the Cubs, a 4-run 6th inning and 5-run 9th inning turned the game into a blowout. In fact, the Cubs outscored the Athletics 26-3 over the course of their three-game series and the beating was so bad that the team may have forced the Athletics out of Oakland.
Late on Wednesday night, the Athletics announced that the team has agreed to buy land in Las Vegas for a future ballpark site.
Setting aside that it is encouraging that the Cubs took care of business and did what they were supposed to do in regard to sweeping the Athletics, the state of affairs in Oakland is sad for all parties involved.
The Athletics fail to draw over 10,000 fans for home games on a nightly basis and that is not on the fans. The Athletics were once a historic franchise but between a negligent owner in John J. Fisher and the crumbling stadium that is known as the Oakland Coliseum, fans of the team are left with no other option but to refuse to go to the games as a way to express their frustration.
While the move to Las Vegas certainly should result in the franchise actually trying to win games at the Major League level and put together a roster that is not an impression of the Cleveland Indians in "Major League", it may get worse before it gets better. Under the current agreement, the Athletics are not expected to move to Las Vegas until 2027. Meaning, the lows for the Athletics may only get lower over the course of the next four seasons.