The Oakland Athletics don’t like the humidity. They have actually considered that to be an issue as they have had multiple players deal with leg injuries and cramps on their current road trip.
Cespedes suffered the injury while racing home from first base in Monday’s series-opening loss. The A’s were hoping it was simply a cramp from playing in the Motor City humidity, but manager Bob Melvin confirmed the strain Tuesday.
“He’s not going to do anything on the field today,” said Melvin, “and then we’ll see how he is on the field come tomorrow.”
As for that darn humidity, Lee passes along the following:
The A’s are unaccustomed to the humid weather they’ve experienced on this eight-game, 10-day road swing through New York, Miami and Detroit. Even starter Scott Kazmir was hampered by a left calf cramp Monday, forcing him out of the game with one out in the sixth.
The question of the entire 2014 season, really, has been the following: what will it take to stop the Oakland Athletics? They have been the most dominant pitching team and the best on offense. Their overall run differential has been miles ahead of the rest of baseball for sometime now.
Teams have been seeking answers in this regard for sometime now, trying to add organizational depth, pitching, and even certain philosophies to catch up.
It turns out that they just needed to get the A’s in some humid weather to slow down their key players with injuries.