A month that began with the A's scuffling and ultimately losing their lead in the American League West ended with a 5-1 flourish that enabled the team to record its ninth straight winning month at 14-13. And don't be fooled, that record is indicative of how the A's played in the month of August: up and down and all around.
Even the nice finish was dulled a bit by the three-run lead lost in Detroit on the 29th as the A's let a chance at a rare four-game sweep against the Tigers slip away. But as of this writing, the A's have put themselves in prime position for another fantastic September finish by pulling back to within two games of the front-running Texas Rangers.
So like the month of July, the grades for the club will begin with the pitching staff.