HOUSTON, TEXAS - APRIL 09: Stephen Piscotty #25 and Elvis Andrus #17 of the Oakland Athletics high five after defeating the Houston Astros 6-2 at Minute Maid Park on April 09, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
The 2021 season has not started as the Oakland A’s would have expected. The defending AL West champions have stumbled out of the gates to a 2-7 start on the year. While slow starts are nothing new, their poor showing against the Astros has been particularly galling.
Injuries have not helped matters. Mike Fiers has yet to pitch this season, and A.