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Athletics continue tear, move into first place

Jun 7, 2013, 11:55 PM EDT

Nate Freiman, Josh Donaldson, Adam Rosales, Jed Lowrie AP

With a 4-3 victory over the White Sox tonight, the Athletics moved into first place in the AL West for the first time since April 20, when they were 12-6. Now 38-25, they are winners of 18 of their last 21 contests. The Rangers, who have been treading water for the last three weeks, fell to the Blue Jays 6-1, bringing their record down to 36-24.

Josh Donaldson has been the most surprising source of production for the A’s. Entering tonight’s game, he was his team’s leading hitter with a 153 adjusted OPS, including a .987 OPS over the last 30 days. He hit a grand slam in the sixth inning tonight off of White Sox starter Chris Sale to move the A’s from a 3-0 deficit to a 4-3 lead.

On the pitching side of things, Bartolo Colon looks as good as ever at the ripe age of 40. He has a 3.14 ERA with an AL-best two percent walk rate and 7.67 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Jarrod Parker, the winner of tonight’s affair, has turned things around in the last month (2.41 ERA) after a rough start to the season. Closer Grant Balfour is a perfect 15-for-15 in save opportunities with a 1.37 ERA on the season.

It’s easy to see why they’ve caught on fire.

  1. hcf95688 - Jun 8, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    A’s-Mazing!

  2. 49warriors - Jun 8, 2013 at 3:15 AM

    Scary thing is that they usually do this and peak in August. It also shows last year was no fluke.

  3. APBA Guy - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    14-0 against the Astros and White Sox, 24-25 v. The Rest of MLB. A win’s a win, but that’s an amazing record. Go A’s!

    • herkulease - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:01 PM

      I’ll take it. Good teams take advantage of bad teams and win the games they are suppose to.

      All off season it was AL west = Rangers and Angels race. Especially how the Angels were gonna tear it up. They’re 8 games below 500. even the lowly Astros currently have a winning record against them of 7-3.

    • dw3dw - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:14 AM

      If you go back to July 1st of 2012 the A’s have the best record in baseball. Sure, they have dominated the Astros, but have been playing great ball for a while now.

  4. mc1439 - Jun 8, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Alright!Fuck the stRangers

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