Oakland Athletics Try to Stay Hot Against C.J. Wilson, Los Angeles Angels

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The Oakland Athletics have won five straight games, including a three-game sweep of the Texas Rangers over the weekend, to build a 6.5-game lead over the Rangers in the AL West.

“It’s a good lead, but we can’t pay too much attention to the standings right now,” Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson told MLB.com. “We don’t want to get too comfortable. We want to continue steadily getting better, as we have. Hopefully that takes us to where we want to go.”

It will be tough to get a win when Oakland begins a three-game home series with the Los Angeles Angels on Monday, as the Angels will send starting pitcher C.J. Wilson to the mound to face the surging A’s.

Wilson, who hasn’t lost since July 5, currently has a 16-6 record to go with a 3.44 ERA,  which gives him the second-most wins in the AL behind Detroit TigersMax Scherzer, and is tied for the third-most wins in MLB with five other pitchers.

And while the Angels are 9.5 games behind the Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays for the two AL wild card spots and will miss the playoffs for the fourth consecutive year unless they get hot and the six teams in front of them falter, the fact that their 32-year-old ace is set to start with the longest active winning streak in baseball should give them at least a little bit of solace.

With that said, the Athletics could be just the club to end Wilson’s hot streak, as Donaldson and co. boast one of the best offenses in the game.

Josh McKinney is a writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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