Oakland Athletics: A’s are a Must Watch as Playoffs Near

With the playoff push down to about a month left, it’s clear there are only a few teams that deserve our attention as baseball fans. That team is the Oakland Athletics.

The A’s are on a tear and most likely will capture the second wild-card spot this season.

They don’t have household names, but their grit and flare for the dramatics are too good to pass up.

Oakland isn’t spending a ton of money to bolster their club from year to year. Thus that makes them more likable to the average fan.

Let’s not forget the history surrounding the A’s. From Rollie Fingers to Catfish Hunter than to Eric Chavez (obviously not on the same level as the previous players mentioned), the A’s have a history we know and love, while maintaining their traditional white uniforms.

It’s flat out fun to watch Oakland. They have proven that they can beat anyone.

The A’s took three out of four from Houston and swept the New York Yankees earlier this month.

Oakland has won 16 out of their last 24 games. In doing so they have leaped over Tampa Bay for the second wild-card spot.

The A’s are fifth in the American League in batting. All while sporting a pitching staff ranked fourth in the junior circuit.

The Oakland Athletics have received plenty of contributions from many different players, including Matt Chapman.

The third baseman has smashed 30 homers and tallied 74 RBIs so far this season, while teammate and terrific defensive center fielder Ramon Laureano has been a break out star with the bat.

Laureano has 21 home runs, 26 doubles, and 58 ribbies at the age of 25.

Marcus Semien leads Oakland in hits with 149. He also has 71 RBIs and 24 homers, while posting an average of .275.

Notable pitchers who have gone above and beyond include, Mike Fiers who is carrying a team-leading ERA of 3.40, plus 13 victories.

Lefty Brett Anderson is shining bright in his second stint with the A’s and is second on the team in innings pitched with 150.

Liam Hendriks added 17 saves to an A’s bullpen as Yusmeiro Petit has been lights out with 25 holds.

Frankie Montas, Joakim Soria, and Blake Treinen have been stellar as well in the A’s playoff pursuit.

Homer Bailey and Tanner Roark have been solid finds at the trade deadline for the Athletics this year even with some negative outings for Bailey coming of late.

The A’s could make some noise in the playoffs with the Yankees and Twins looking beatable do to some rotation questions and Houston’s three-headed monster in Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole and Zack Greinke can be beat with the right approach. Cole and Greinke haven’t been lights out in their postseason careers.

The A’s have enough to turn the tables in the American League and make a deep playoff run. However, they need their rotation to step up a bit more in order to really give the team a stronger chance to do so.

The Athletics have used power and a deep pen to make noise over the past couple of months. Therefore, maybe they can keep the fireworks going as the leaves continue to darken and fall off the trees.

Can the Oakland Athletics make a big playoff run? Leave a comment below.

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