First things first: I am keenly aware that nothing is for certain here. Nothing has been settled for Oakland in terms of the postseason, so I know fully that I may end up falling on the sword if they happen to miss the playoffs.
Disclaimer stated, the truth is, I just don't see that happening. Two more road games before six at home to end the season leaves the A's in a good position to get into the 2012 postseason.
So, acting on my own personal faith that I'll see the A's in the playoffs, it is time to start assessing what they can do once they get in. And for Oakland, there is no greater secret weapon than the often ridiculed, always underappreciated Oakland Coliseum (sorry O.co, I just can't).
The A's have the eighth best home record in baseball and have as many home games remaining of any team in the top 10 with six.
What that means is, they still have a chance to impact where they play in the postseason at home. And ultimately, with the scheduling of the postseason, Oakland's chances are enhanced at home.
Don't believe me? Well here are 10 key advantages the A's have thanks to the Coliseum.