The A’s are baseball’s best team on a dollar-for-dollar basis — and it’s not even close

With 17-4 stretch, Oakland pushes to 11 games over .500

Karl Buscheck
July 10, 2018 - 11:40 am

The Oakland A’s went into Minute Maid Park on Monday night and did something the club hadn’t done in two-and-a-half months — they toppled the Astros, 2-0.

Six scoreless innings from Frankie Montas and a homer from Stephen Piscotty, his third in as many days, carried the A’s to their first win over the World Series champs since April 27, snapping a string of eight consecutive losses.

The win also offered the latest reminder that the A’s, on a dollar-for-dollar basis, are the best team in baseball.

Consider the facts. They’re unassailable.

*17-4 since June 16, the best record in MLB, pushing the season mark to 51-40

*The club’s $82,888,290 payroll, per Spotrac, is deal last in baseball, nearly $5 million shy of the No. 29 White Sox

The A’s have done all that while trotting out 12 different starting pitchers. Manager Bob Melvin’s squad has thrived amid that rotation chaos because of the success of  the fill-ins — like Montas, Chris Bassitt and Edwin Jackson.

Oh, and there’s that bullpen. The A’s are the only team in MLB that is undefeated when leading after the seventh. A tip of the hat to Blake Treinen and Lou Trivino.

*35-0 when up after 7

*42-0 when up after 8

All those home runs help too. Led Khris Davis and his 21 homers, the A’s already have six players — including All-Star addition Jed Lowrie — in double digits. That number will swell to 10 by season’s end.

Plenty of time has been spent wondering, discussing, explaining and lamenting why the A’s have the lowest payroll in the game. Not nearly enough has been spent praising the job that Melvin and his bargain bunch have done.

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