The A's weren't expected to contend in 2012. After all, they had lost 88 games in 2011, and the team traded both of their 200 inning men (Gio Gonzalez and Trevor Cahill) and their closer (Andrew Bailey), while also seeing 2/3 of their starting outfield depart as free agents (Josh Willingham, David DeJesus). But then, something funny happened: the A's played solid baseball. They were sitting at .500 at the All-Star Break. On August 1st, the team was eight games above .500 and 4.5 games out in the AL West. The team kept winning through August, and finished September on a torrid run before sweeping the Rangers in the final three games of the season to win the AL West in startling fashion. The A's then took the eventual AL champion Tigets to five games in the ALDS before bowing out before the mighty Justin Verlander in game five.
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