Even without the favorable schedule the A's are the team to beat IMO, just because of the pitching. I know I know it's a broken record, but when you can throw a rotation out there that deep, and that diversified (power/finesse lefty/righty), you can't help but be the favorite. It's kinda like the Yanks and the AL East, I'll keep going with them until someone can knock them off. And this is shaping up to be one of the more interesting races for a long
time with the Rangers and Angels looking like they're not going away any time soon.