The Oakland Athletics entered the 2012 season with little hope of playing in October, yet one month away from playoffs, they find themselves as legitimate contenders for postseason baseball.
If you think the A's are a fluke, you're oh so wrong.
There may indeed be disbelievers out there still. These folks deny the talent in Oakland and have already shrugged the A's off as pretenders—a team who is destined for an epic collapse or a quick oust in the first round.
OK, so they aren't a powerhouse. Still, the A's have a shot at not only making the playoffs, but advancing.
In fact, here are 11 reasons the A's are legitimate postseason contenders.