And the AL West Champion is....... the Oakland Athletics. Who would have thought that the A's would make the playoffs let alone win the division when the team was 13 games back from the Texas Rangers going in to the month of July. The A's kept swinging away and runs started to get on the scoreboard and the runners left on base started decreasing. Next thing you know the A's are stepping on the gas and never letting off. Since the all star break, Oakland is 51 and 25 and won the last six games of the season to win the AL West. That being said, what will it take for the Oakland A's to be beaten?
1. Put the ball in play: The A's are one of the worst defensive teams in the MLB with 111 errors. Best bet is to keep it away from the right side of the field because Josh Reddick has thrown out 15 runners and in the infield Jemile Weeks gets to almost every ball hit his way. On the left side of the field you have Gomes in the outfield who does not have the best range and 3rd baseman Josh Donaldson will commit an error more than anyone else on the team.