The Oakland Athletics are only 1.5 games back from a wild-card spot, but a few of their "superstars" are going to have to amp up their play if the A's are going to make playoffs.
To the diehard fans, this isn't a shock.
To the rest of the nation, the A's are a Cinderella story—a team no one expected to be within sniffing distance of a wild-card spot. Not this year, not with this team.
But the team has outproduced expectations.
Young talent such as Ryan Cook and Josh Reddick immediately blossomed into All-Star players. Castaways such as Brandon Inge and Bartolo Colon have added life to their careers. Role players like Johnny Gomes and A.J. Griffin are contributing effectively.
Many of Oakland's no-namers have seemingly come out of nowhere.
Now it's time for these five players to step it up.