With their dramatic, 5-4, win over the Texas Rangers on Monday night, the Oakland A’s clinched a spot in the 2012 postseason. But now, after back-to-back wins, the two teams are tied atop the American League West with a 93-68 overall record.
So, while both teams’ playoff tickets have already been punched, the A’s enter the final regular-season game with a chance to win the West and avoid the dreaded wild-card play-in game.
Over the course of the season, the team’s success has been a product of a consistent and inspired state of play. While players such as Miguel Cabrera almost single-handedly led his team to the postseason, the A’s have relied upon timely contributions from essentially every player.
So, as they prepare for a currently undetermined playoff experience, I thought that I’d highlight some of the key performances this season.
These five players have piqued my interest all season and (spoiler) do not include: Tommy Milone (1.4 WAR), Ryan Cook (2.5 WAR), A.J. Griffin (2.5 WAR), Dan Straily (0.4 WAR), Travis Blackley (0.9 WAR) and Chris Carter (0.9 WAR).