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A’s errors coming at a fast and furious pace

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			A’s errors coming at a fast and furious pace

OAKLAND – As was the case again Monday night, the A’s haven’t always been hurt by the errors they are making.

Center fielder Rajai Davis was charged with an error on a fifth inning throw to the infield that got away from shortstop Adam Rosales. Two runs had already scored in the inning and two more would score, so all the runs were earned.

It’s been like that. The Oakland total for 16 games is 13 errors, and only eight unearned runs have been scored. Even so, the errors contribute to the club’s 5-8 record even when runs being scored against the A’s are earned.

A 16-error total at this point of the season is one fierce rate. That’s a total that would come out to 199 if the A’s kept up that pace all season. That’s getting into 1963 New York Mets territory (208), and the AL record since World War II is 211, so you know those numbers are off the wall crazy.

A’s manager Bob Melvin wasn’t happy that the error was charged to Davis, saying without naming names that one of the cutoff men needed to handle the throw. Rosales, getting the first of what seems likely to be lots of starts at shortstop with Marcus Semien undergoing wrist surgery Tuesday, was closest.

Melvin called it a “real cheap error.”

In fact lots of them have been. Pitchers almost never make errors – A’s pitchers as a whole made nine in 162 games last year but have made five already this season. There have been drops of routine flies and drops of routine throws.

Oakland opened the season with three consecutive errorless games, which was good, because the A’s felt they’d improved their defense over last year. Since then, however, it’s been 10 games in succession with at least one error.

Now the A’s are being challenged not to let the errors become as mental as they are physical.

“There’s the psychology of it, too,” Melvin said. “Now you see all these errors, and you’re grinding on it even harder and then all of a sudden someone comes up with a bad play and we make another error. We’ll continue to work on it, obviously. We don’t feel good about it.”

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