For a moment I asked myself who I should root for in the current Rangers/A's series, but I soon came to my senses because the answer is obvious: Go Rangers!
The A's are more than a force to be reckoned with; there is no doubt that they are going to make things very scary for our guys in red at some point during the next few months.
I actually wrote this diary entry two weeks ago when we still had a double-digit lead on Oakland. Unfortunately, not once, but twice I hit something that erased my lengthy piece before I finished it. I was not in the mood to retype it a third time. Now that the Oakland surge continues, I just had to sound the alarm again and hope that this time my wayward fingers don't betray me.
Oakland's pitching is better than the Angels. I feel that we have performed a bit over our heads pitching-wise in the first half and can't replicate the success over the rest of the season.
Oakland, on the other hand, is doing what they were supposed to do from the mound. Except for a bit of a pitching slump in May when they really were at the low point of their season, the staff has been very very strong. I expect them to continue with their recent winning ways. It doesn't look good.
And don't look now, but the A's are starting to hit too (have been for more than a month). Having finally hit their stride offensively, I think there will be a real fight for the division at some point in the next months. I knew it was too good to be true when I saw the green and gold barely playing .400 ball.
Be very afraid.