The A’s aren’t a good enough home team to keep pace with the wild card hunt, and ownership has only themselves to blame – The Athletic

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With a 5-2 loss to the Mariners looking eerily similar to Oakland’s 4-2 loss to Seattle at the Coliseum the night before, dreams of a fourth straight playoff appearance all but faded for the Athletics. The Red Sox, Blue Jays and Yankees all posted wins on Tuesday and the A’s are now tied with the Mariners.

Both teams are 4½ games behind the Red Sox (87-65), who have won six straight and appear to be in prime position to host a one-game elimination at Fenway Park. They also trail the Blue Jays (85-66) by three games and the Yankees (85-67) by 2 1/2, and the A’s (82-69) seem to understand how unlikely their season is to last. October 3.

“It goes without saying it’s time to go,” said Matt Olson, who hit his 37th home run to give the A’s a 1-0 lead which they held for about 10 minutes. “What are we, three games from the joker spot now? So, three games to play, 11 games to play. We really don’t have much to lose. We have to go out there and relax and play our game and go out there and compete tomorrow and the day after and the day after and continue and see what happens in the end.

If the first two games of this series are any indication, they will face off in front of another small crowd on Wednesday. Reported attendance was 4,068 for Monday’s game, the lowest total since the A’s were allowed to stage games at full capacity.

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