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No one expected the A's to do well this year, and they weren't doing very well.
Then, the hitting started to help out the pitchers. Now, the A's are just one game back of the Angels for the top Wild Card spot, and just a half-game behind the Tigers for the second spot.
Oakland has the fourth-lowest team ERA in baseball, thanks to great seasons by Ryan Cook, Brandon McCarthy (before he went on the DL), Jarrod Parker, Tom Milone and others.
The A's are winning games, even though McCarthy, their ace, is on the DL.
The A's remind me of the Nationals, with a little bit less talent. They have capable players at every position, and thanks to some big hits from young or lesser-known players, the team is succeeding.
Yoenis Cespedes is hitting .288, and he has been showing off his power. Cespedes has 11 bombs in 219 at-bats, and some of those have been crushed. Josh Reddick is hitting .272 with 21 home runs, and his hitting and fielding has really helped the A's.
Recently, every player has been doing his job. In less than 100 at-bats, Brandon Moss has 11 home runs. Seth Smith and Jonny Gomes have batting averages around .250, but they have been doing their job recently.
Oakland has brought in a lot of talented players to do the job, and it has paid off. This team is on fire, and I think they'll continue to dominate. Expect the Angels to run away with the top Wild Card spot and the A's and White Sox to compete for the second WC spot.