It was only a week ago when the Oakland A's found themselves in the thick of the AL Wild Card chase. Since then they have gone on to lose six in a row, seeing their GB rise to five in the wild-card standings.
Not only that, but they have slipped to third in the AL West, now finding themselves behind Los Angeles as well as Texas. Luckily for the A's, it's only May, and there's plenty of time to turn things around. They are also expecting several big-name players to return soon as well, which should help out immensely once the dog days of summer roll around.
If the A's want to experience a great second half like they have in years past, then players on and off the roster at this point in the season need to step up. Here are five areas the A's must improve if they're to have any shot at making a postseason run this season.