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First-place Athletics set a franchise mark with 59th win before the All-Star break

Jul 13, 2014, 11:20 PM EDT

Jed Lowrie, Mike Zunino Jed Lowrie, Mike Zunino

The Athletics avoided a series sweep in Seattle against the Mariners with a 4-1 victory on Sunday afternoon. The win improved their record to 59-36. The second-place Angels won as well, so the A’s go into the All-Star break 1.5 games ahead in first place.

As Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle notes, the 59 wins at the break is the most in Athletics franchise history and the most for any team since the Tigers won 59 in 2006.

With 94 and 96 wins in each of the last two seasons, the A’s have won the AL West two years in a row, but were ushered out of the American League Division series twice, both by the Detroit Tigers (and Justin Verlander more specifically). GM Billy Beane bolstered the starting staff, acquiring Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel in a trade with the Cubs recently. Samardzija will lead the Athletics out of the break on Friday at home against the Orioles. Hammel will pitch Saturday.

  1. bronco58lb - Jul 13, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    This organization is the class of Bay Area baseball. 4 > 2.

    • skerney - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:15 PM

      You get a gold star for your adorable east bay math skills. After recess we’ll learn how to calculate BART fare to El Cerrito.

  2. fearlessleader - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    I’m really enjoying watching the A’s this year, but any record that includes the phrase “before the All-Star break” is pretty meaningless as long as the date of the All-Star Game keeps moving around (and, if you look at overall trends, keeps getting later in the season). The Tigers got their 59 pre-ASG wins in 2006 in only 88 games; the A’s have played 95.

    Dianagram at the VORG has a good post on this, with some numbers about All-Star Game Drift over the years: http://valueoverreplacementgrit.com/2013/07/06/who-moved-my-all-star-break/

  3. watermelon1 - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:27 AM

    If it wasn’t for the fact that it would be awesome to see Seattle finally make the playoffs… I’d actually be rooting for Oakland.

    Either way, two great teams that are fun to watch and deserve to take some shine away from those big-name franchises.

  4. socalduck - Jul 14, 2014 at 2:19 AM

    That loud freight train they are hearing in Oakland is the Angels Express rushing up the tracks. The Halos are only one game back in the loss column and closing fast…

  5. NatsLady - Jul 14, 2014 at 7:25 AM

    Helps to have the two Texas teams in the AL West. A’s have a .621 winning percent and can’t pull away from the Angels. Poor M’s are seven games over .500 and eight games back. It will be fascinating to see who blinks first, bearing in mind that the Giants and Brewers spend the spring “running away” with their respective Divisions. Errp… Lotta baseball left… ;)

    • NatsLady - Jul 14, 2014 at 7:26 AM

      *spent

    • clydeserra - Jul 14, 2014 at 8:43 AM

      The A’s have played the Rangers and Astros 16 times, Which is about as much as any non division team would play those two teams in the year. (2-4 more really) The last time the A’s began a series with the Rangers, they were a .500 team.

      Its true the Angels have played those two 21 times, and 8 times in July, but I think the angels would ahve beaten up pretty much anybody this month.

      After the break will be a good test for them, Seattle, Baltimore, Detroit, Baltimore. then the possible priceless TB and then the home and home with the dodgers.

  6. sjsharksfan11 - Jul 14, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    And yet they’ll still find a way to lose when it counts most to the man they call daddy: Justin Verlander.

    • clydeserra - Jul 14, 2014 at 9:57 AM

      Justin verlander was on the Yankees in the early 2000, and 2001? and the twins in 2002 and the red sox in 2003?

  7. gibbyfan - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    No matter how you cut it this teams management is pretty awesome. The fact that they do what they do with just limited resources is just amazing…………If they had just the money the that NY has squandered om non perfming players, I can’t imagine where they might be.

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