It’s been said many, many times that the Major League Baseball season is a marathon instead of a sprint. The Oakland Athletics will be thankful for that fact. The last time they had sat atop the American League East had came way back on the first day of the season. Now, that fact has changed after their latest victory over the Houston Astros on Saturday. The A’s are tied at the top of the division with the very same Astros.
To begin with, making this all possible took a lot from both teams. The Astros have not looked like themselves lately. After they had seemingly figured out a way to shake off the challenge for the Seattle Mariners, who are still only 3.5 games back, they nosedived. Just three wins in their last ten games has the defending World Series champs in trouble. The opposite can be said for the A’s, who have made a charge with seven wins from their last ten.
On Friday night, they won a thrilling game in ten innings over the Astros, using a walk-off home run to draw ever closer to top spot. On Saturday, they had things just a little bit more simple. They won 7-1 in Oakland. They were paced by a great display on the mound by pitcher Trevor Cahill, who went seven innings and gave up just one hit all day long. Four players hit eight doubles on the day, allowing them to tie the team’s all-time record and vault out to a big lead.
That is now the fourth straight wins for the A’s over the Astros, and it is the fifth out of the last six for them. At the start of the season they had severe issues against the World champions, but they have certainly now found their footing. It’s going to be quite the job now for Houston to just hold off Oakland, much less try and derail the hard-charging Boston Red Sox. What could all of this be setting up? Could we possibly end up with a Wild Card Game that pits the Astros against the New York Yankees? What a possibility that is!