With 16 games left in the regular season, nothing is for certain in baseball. Although we are pretty sure who's going to be invited to the Octoberfest known as MLB's postseason—there is still some room for movement.
That said, even as a few games essentially shake out the match-ups and home field advantage for the playoffs, it is safe to say bets are being lined up for who may survive the new postseason gauntlet.
For me, the more I look, the more I begin to think that the best team in the American League is being chalked up as a dark horse simply because of name value.
Yes, I am talking about the Oakland A's, a team that may not openly confound the critics like in say, July, but still are treated as more of a novelty than a full-fledged contender by many.
Even yours truly reasoned they might not have the staying power of your perennial baseball powers. But hey, once bitten, twice blasted by many of you. So lesson learned, we are keeping this a 2012-only zone.
And as the playoffs creep up, there are plenty of reasons why the A's may very well be the team that emerges from the American League in October and ends up in the Fall Classic. Here are my top 11 reasons that Oakland should be considered favorites in the AL.