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Oakland Athletics

Stadium: O.co Coliseum | Manager: Bob Melvin
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I love that Billy Beane is proactive and isn't the least bit scared to pull off a bevy of moves, even if they're unpopular. What I don't love is how the roster looks for 2015.
They lost five of the seven games they played against the Royals this year. The two times they won, Jon Lester was the starting pitcher. Wild-card drama!
Remember, they lost 40 percent of their rotation in spring training. Making the playoffs, despite the odd path they've traveled, is a net positive.
I keep saying they'll figure it out and grab a wild card, but I'm really starting to question that faith.
Before Tuesday, they hadn't scored in double digits in a game since Aug. 12. Before that, they had done so 15 times. It's one game, though, so it would be a stretch to declare their mojo is back.
Adam Dunn being the offensive savior and making the playoffs for the first time in his final season would be so satisfying. He's had a ridiculously underrated career due to the stigma of striking out a lot.
Two of three against the Angels is good, but they're still only 11-13 in August and just lost closer Sean Doolittle. The trickle-down effect in the bullpen hurts.
They're still 23 games over .500 and have plenty of time to get back on track. Getting back to the top of the mountain isn't out of the question by any means.
They are 7-5 since the big Jon Lester-Yoenis Cespedes trade. They were 7-5 in 12 games before the trade. The weak-minded cling to silly narratives like "they just aren't the same team since that trade."
So when is our Billy Beane vs. Dave Dombrowski steel-cage match? Man, what an awesome deadline day.
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2014 Team Leaders
AVGJosh Donaldson , 3B.255
HRJosh Donaldson , 3B29
RBIJosh Donaldson , 3B98
OBPJosh Donaldson , 3B.342
SLGJosh Donaldson , 3B.456
RJosh Donaldson , 3B93
SBSam Fuld , CF21
WJon Lester , SP16
ERAJon Lester , SP2.46
WHIPJeff Samardzija , SP1.07
KJon Lester , SP220
SVSean Doolittle , RP22
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