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The Oakland Athletics Could Be Near the Top of AL West

Published by on May 14, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

Intuition would suggest that if you scored more runs than you allowed, your win loss percentage would be better than .500. Unless you're the Oakland As this year. Then you're 13-18, despite the fact that you've scored 140 runs on the season and allowed only 136.

Stranger things have happened. But this usually occurs when a team bunches its runs in a handful of "blowouts," and then loses a number of "close" (one and two-run) games.

Take the case of their ace, Dallas Braden, who has a 2.79 ERA. With those kinds of numbers and say, New York Yankees run support, he could be posting wins like Chien-Ming Wang (the former one, anyway). Nineteen wins a year, no problem. The real question would be over or under 25.<...

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