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bdrotoronto wrote:teddy ballgame wrote:Why wouldn't they have a real shot? All 4 teams have had a real shot for about a month.
When a team is in first place in mid-August, I usually consider them to have a shot.
The Artful Dodger wrote:Madison wrote:michaelp wrote:Has Oakland established itself as an elite team in the American League West ?
Elite? No. Are they playing well? Yes, they are playing pretty well, but it's also a combination of everyone else playing badly. Saw on the game two days ago that the A's are dead last in batting average, and well towards the bottom of runs scored. In fact, I made a post a couple of days ago that showed their runs scored was exactly the same as their runs allowed.
So are the A's an elite team? Definitely not. Are they playing well and in a good spot to win the division? Yes. Which is not something I want to say since I'm a Ranger fan.
Not to mention the A's usually choke at the earliest September and in October if they're lucky to make it far. But this year, all 4 teams are practically still in reach of making a run at the pennant though. Just like the NL West.
Madison wrote:Saw on the game two days ago that the A's are dead last in batting average, and well towards the bottom of runs scored.
RynMan wrote:Madison wrote:Saw on the game two days ago that the A's are dead last in batting average, and well towards the bottom of runs scored.
This is definitely not a shot at you Mad, but I love how when game announcers are pointing out how horrible the A's offense is, they go straight to announcing "lowest batting average in the league". Runs is the best indication, why point out batting average? I'd go on to note the team's OPS and OBP before average. Why is baseball stuck in this rutt? I guess for the same reason they point at a pitcher's win/loss record before their ERA. It's just laziness and ignorance.
Madison wrote:Oh I agree, so no worries there, just thought it was an interesting stat, and I forgot to mention a detail. They said the A's have the lowest batting average in the majors. Not just the league, the entire majors. They are 26th out of 30 in OBP, which isn't a whole lot better (just checked both stats, and they are accurate). Just one of those things you hear, doublecheck to make sure it's true, and then kinda go "wow" and start spot starting guys against the A's for the ERA/WHIP help.
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