SEATTLE -- Had the A's strictly played in the confines of the Oakland Coliseum last year, their final record likely would have read quite differently. But playing on the road proved a constant challenge, something manager Bob Melvin is hoping to avoid this season.
Melvin and Co. embarked on their first road trip of the year Friday, beginning with a three-game stint in Seattle that will be followed by a four-game set in Anaheim.
"I'd like to think, early on, we can create a little bit of momentum," Melvin said. "Getting off to a good start on the road would be one way to create that. I really don't know why that is sometimes, struggling on the road, why it can be so extreme. But I've always enjoyed playing on the road."
Last year the A's compiled a 43-38 record in Oakland, compared to a dismal 31-50 mark on the road, their fifth consecutive season with a losing record away from home. It tied for fourth worst in the American League and was seventh worst in Oakland history.
It's worth noting that the A's road schedule wasn't the easiest, though. Oakland paid visits to the rowdy cities of Boston and New York twice, whereas this year the club makes those trips just once. In non-divisional play, they'll head to Minnesota, Kansas City, Baltimore and Tampa two times this season, the other A.L. cities once.