Oakland Athletics Face Uphill Battle in September for Playoff Berth

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Oakland Athletics Face Uphill Battle in September for Playoff Berth
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The Oakland Athletics have fought tooth and nail into the top American League wild-card spot with a month remaining in regular season play, sitting 14 games above .500 for the first time since 2006.

Bob Melvin and the A’s got back on track from an early season derailment after a nine-game losing skid that left the Athletics clubhouse in post-game silence all too often.

The Cinderella story that is the 2012 Athletics’ season has left its mark in the storybooks. The A’s lead the league with 13 walk-off victories, are amongst the MLB’s lowest team ERA’s, and are doing so at a fraction of the cost of the October-bound teams.

The 19-5 July that left opposing clubs in the rearview mirrors of the Athletics spoke volumes of their playoff potential.

Sitting on a .500 record at the All-Star Break meant progress for Oakland, but work was to be done.

The four-game sweep of the New York Yankees in front of the home crowd in Oakland caused a ripple effect throughout the league. The Oakland A’s meant business.

The Athletics’ tireless chase of the AL wild-card will face its biggest hurdle in a September that promises to give baseball fans an early taste of the postseason play that could make or break the magical A’s season.

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