I'm watching the replay of the ninth inning of today's Angels-A's game on FSN West. Kendall's just on 2nd, but it's pretty exciting to watch knowing what's about to happen. In any case, the A's are insane. They've gone 22-5 since the ASB, and 49-16 since May 30th, when they were 14 under .500. Zito's won his last 9 starts, Harden and Haren look great, as do their 4 and 5 starters. Their offense has a great mix of veterans (Chavez, Kendall, Payton) and young guys (Johnson, Ellis, Crosby). This must be great redemption for Billy Beane, who had to endure all those people saying that without Mulder and Hudson the A's stood no chance (*cough, cough*), and that April and May proved it.
If the playoffs were to begin tomorrow, the Red Sox would face the A's. In a five-game series. Absolutely terrifying.
Whoops, there he goes. Awesome. Play of the season so far. (And just a day after the hidden ball trick.)