Found October 11, 2013 on The Outside Corner:
Here we are, folks: the End of Season Post-Mortem series. If you're new here (which about 50% of our reader base is in comparison to last year), here's a brief explanation: after a team is eliminated from playoff contention, we're going to put their season under a microscope and look at just what the hell went wrong, what went right, and so on and so forth. The goal is to post these the day after a team is eliminated. The A's came so close, yet so far, to advancing to the ALCS. But once again, they fell in the ALDS, and once again, Justin Verlander completely dominated them. But unlike last year, where drama was high and Oakland needed a September surge to make the Postseason, the A's handily won the AL West this year. That counts for something, right? Preseason prediction: The A"s are a tough team to read. On paper, they're probably the third most talented team in the AL West. But then again, that's where they were last season, and they won ...
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