It's the biggest weekend of the season — A's have chance to overtake Astros

A’s open series 2 games back of World-Series winning divisional neighbors

Karl Buscheck
August 17, 2018 - 11:49 am

It’s Aug. 17. —  the start of the most important weekend of the Oakland A’s season.

Come Sunday afternoon, the upstart parvenu of planet baseball could be standing alone atop the AL West. Beginning Friday night, the A’s host the World-Series champion Astros for three games. They trail their guests by two.

A sweep would vault them into first place.

If you thought this was possible back on opening day, you’re lying. You’re lying if you thought this was possible as recently at June 16.

On that morning, the A’s were 34-36 — 11.5 games back of the Astros — sitting in fourth place.

Since then, manager Bob Melvin — who, incidentally, remains without a long-term contract — has captained the A’s to a 38-13 record.

Khris Davis is barreling toward 40 homers for the third year in a row — and has elbowed his way into the MVP conversation.

So, too, has Matt Chapman.

The bullpen of closers has been fortified by the likes of Jeurys Familia, Shawn Kelley and Fernando Rodney.

The rotation of misfits, featuring Edwin Jackson, Trevor Cahill and Brett Anderson, is shining. The staff has a 1.84 ERA in the last 14 games.

So it’s only right that Jackson, the owner of a 2.48 ERA — with his 13th team — gets things going in the opener of this monumental weekend.

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