As much as the A's have struggled this season, the fact still remains that we are not completely out of reach in the race for the AL West. We have faced a pretty tough schedule so far, but this week we seem to have things pretty easy, as we will match up against the D-Backs and the Mariners at home. Against Arizona, we will be facing Billy Buckner (maybe?), Dan Haren, and Jon Garland, a trio of whom Haren presents the only foreseeable challenge. The Mariners are slipping badly as of late, and will throw out Angels-killer Chris Jakubauskas in the first game. We need to win atleast four of these six contests, as if we do so, we could find ourselves going into the Texas series with some momentum and a shorter divisional deficit.
This is the time to take advantage of a seemingly mild week to get right back in the thick of things in the AL West. As much as the naysayers have been predicting an 100 loss season, this team still has plenty of time to put things together. And remember, the A's are historically good in the second half (lets forget last year ;) ).
75% of the season is left. If Beane decides to go for it this year at the dealine and acquires a guy like DeRosa and a pitcher like Byrd, this team could prove to be quite strong.