By: Ross Sutton
In case you haven’t noticed, the A’s are one hell of a story to follow right now. After being 11.5 games out of first place and in fourth place in their division as recently as June 16th, the A’s are now only one game back of the Astros in the AL West and have a sturdy 3.5 game hold on the second Wild Card spot over the Mariners. Since the middle of June, the A’s have been on a complete tear through the majors, winning nearly 75% of their games during this stretch. I’m sure this won’t be the last time an underdog team is compared to the 2002 Oakland A’s team that was featured in hit movie “Moneyball”, but yet again, the A’s are shocking the world with their great play.
A while back, I wrote a blog about how I wanted the A’s to make some impactful moves at the deadline in order to go all in to make it to the playoffs this year, and this wish was granted by the A’s front office, as the team was very active at the deadline, and afterwards. Over the last few weeks, the A’s acquired Jeurys Familia from the Mets, Shawn Kelley from the Nationals, Mike Fiers from the Tigers, and Fernando Rodney from the Twins. Oakland clearly went after bullpen arms (Familia, Kelley, Rodney) to make their elite bullpen even more dominant and another solid, reliable arm (Fiers) in order to stabilize their starting rotation. I LOVED these moves and I truly believe the A’s are a top five teams in the American League after making these acquisitions.
Sure there are some similarities between this year’s A’s team and the “Moneyball” team in 2002, but the 2018 A’s were definitely the team that was considered to have a better chance to be a contender. At the end of last year, the A’s and their fans saw some of the young talent they had in the organization, as Matt Olson and Matt Chapman showed a lot of promise. Some thought the A’s were another year or two away from contending, including myself, but that was clearly wrong, as the A’s look great right now and have a really good chance to get into the playoffs this season. As I was watching the MLB Network this morning though, I couldn’t help but get goosebumps and think of my favorite movie (Moneyball) while watching the highlights from Oakland’s dramatic walk-off win against the Astros from last night that put them only ONE game back of the reigning World Series Champions. In case you haven’t seen some of the key plays from last night's game, please watch these two highlights and try not to feel the same way I did.
A’s Tie The Game
Matt Olson Home Run
This team has everything working for them right now, and I can’t wait to see how far they go this season.
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