Yowza! The red hot Oakland Athletics have been grabbing national headlines of late after their dramatic sweep of the New York Yankees and posting an impeccable 15-2 record through the month of July. The A's are hitting on all (or most) cylinders, and have emerged as a considerable threat to steal a playoff berth in the American league, sitting atop the Wild Card standings and just five games out of first place in the AL West behind the Rangers.
However, the Athletics still have almost half a season to play and with the trade deadline fast approaching, they will need to make some critical decisions going forward as to how to supplement this improbable playoff run. The A's have a long ways to go on their 2012 journey to contention, and could get into the weeds as the season rolls along. Let's examine what the A's should do/avoid going forward if they wish to enjoy (late) October baseball.