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Predicting the Full 2012 Postseason Roster for the Oakland A's
Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

Bob Melvin may preach one game at a time to a young team yet to officially clinch a playoff spot, but someone within the system should be preemptively planning the 25-man roster just in case.

At 88-68, the A's are in a good position to fight for the wild card (they're currently in second).

But first, they'll need to get through the Texas Rangers (four games up in the AL West standings) and the pesky Seattle Mariners, who look to play spoiler. Oh, and they'll also need to hold off the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, who are just two games back in the wild card.

If Oakland keeps winning, they'll keep destiny in their own hands.

The magic number is five (as of this writing), so it's time to start considering who plays October baseball and who sits this year out. Do the A's carry 12 pitchers? Which of the young, once-upon-a-time future stars doesn't make the cut?

The superstitious won't like it, but let's say to hell with jinxes and predict Oakland's 2012 postseason roster.

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