5 Reasons Why Oakland Athletics Will Win the 2013 World Series
Oakland A's Will Win the 2013 World Series for These 5 Reasons
Since the 2012 MLB season, the Oakland Athletics have been somewhat of a team of destiny or at least a feel-good baseball story. Their magical run to the top of the AL West in 2012 seemed improbable and unimaginable to everyone except to the baseball gods that must have been shining over the Oakland Coliseum during the month of September. Now however, the A's are proving that they are a legit contender in 2013 while they run away with the AL West, currently sitting a comfortable 6.5 games ahead of their division rival Texas Rangers with 10 games left to play in the regular season. Sounds like a perfect plot for a sequel to Moneyball, doesn't it?
When all is said and done, is the A's domination of the AL West in 2013 just another fairy tale that Hollywood will be getting their hands on in the near future to add to the countless number of baseball flicks we have all watched a thousand times over? It could be, but only if the A's finish the job this time and march on to the Fall Classic and take home the Commissioner's Trophy. I don't know about you, but I'm ready for Moneyball 2. So, in the words of Terrell Owens, get your popcorn ready. These are the five reasons why the Oakland Athletics will win the World Series in 2013.
5. It's Billy Beane's Time to Shine
A's GM Billy Beane is a very smart man. He is continuously rewriting the book on how to construct a legit contender while not having to break the bank. Beane is a different breed when it comes to being a student of the game, and since him and manager Bob Melvin always seem to be on the same page, there is no reason why they can't finally finish this project at the top of the class. On Opening Day, the A's payroll for 2013 was an affordable $68,577,000. One of the lowest in the league. They are currently in first place in the AL West and show no signs of slowing down. If they are going to win in for anyone, the A's need to and will win the World Series for Billy Beane.
4. A's Pitching is Among the Best
Silent but deadly. That's how you can describe the A's pitching staff throughout this past season. Nobody talks about them. Nobody seems to be impressed by them. Nobody seems to be threatened by them. Instead, people love to gawk at the 1311 strikeouts that the Detroit Tigers have put up, while failing to realize that the Oakland Athletics' staff has held their opponent's batting average to a low .244 and currently hold down an ERA of 3.60, good for second-best in the American League. With the reemergence of Bartolo Colon and the sheer madness out of the bullpen brought to you by closer Grant Balfour, no big bat is a sure bet in the postseason against A's pitching.
3. Winning Record Against the Detroit Tigers
Yes, we all know that the Tigers have a dominant starting rotation led by Max Scherzer (sorry Justin Verlander), and that they will more than likely be one of the teams that Oakland will need to beat to get to the World Series. However, when the Tigers play the Athletics, the roles seem to be reversed as the A's offense have owned the Tigers' starting five in 2013. The A's won four out of seven meetings against the Tigers this season, putting up 42 runs while giving up 40. The numbers are close between the two teams, but Tigers pitching always seems to be very inconsistent in the postseason and could pave the way for the A's to come out on top.
2. A's Have Solid Record Against the Red Sox
The Boston Red Sox own baseball's best record of 92-61 and will most likely be one of the teams that the A's will have to beat to get to the Fall Classic in 2013. The good news for Oakland is that although they split the season series with the Red Sox at three games apiece, the A's outscored the Red Sox 32-21, including two shut outs thrown by their pitching staff. This is no easy task against one of baseball's best at home or on the road. Look for the A's to continue to put up big runs in Fenway Park if the two teams meet in the postseason. Of the 32 runs they scored against Boston all season, 24 of them came in Fenway Park. It looks like the Red Sox have met their match at home inside their shoebox of a stadium.
1. A's Will Have Home-Field Advantage
The A's play great at home. That's the bottom line. Inside the Oakland Coliseum in 2013, the A's are 49-28. It may not be the prettiest of places to play, but the scoreboard displays a good-looking score for Oakland fans more often than not. As of right now, the A's would have home-field advantage against the Tigers in the ALDS and thanks to a 3-0 All-Star Game victory for the American League, the A's would enjoy home-field advantage in the World Series as well.
This is all a perfect recipe for success for a team that believes their time is now.