Found April 18, 2013 on Minus Twenty-Two:
The A’s came out of Wednesday’s series-sweeping over the Astros with their 12th win of the season, good enough for the most in the AL. The A’s didn’t even register their 12th win until May 1 last season. So, it’s pretty evident Oakland is off to hot start, not just compared to last season, but over the last few decades of the club’s history. We figured the A’s would be good this year, piggy-backing on last year’s remarkable division title run. But best-record-in-the-AL good? Don’t lie to yourself, A’s fans; 12-4 after the first 16 games is simply remarkable. But how much credibility should we give to this scorching start? Are the A’s really this good? That is, is Moneyball once again making the rest of Major League Baseball look like a bunch of fools yet again? (The A’s are 27th in payroll. FYI, the much-favored, 2nd-in-payroll Dodgers are 7-8.) Or are the A’s benefactors of an extremely favorable schedule thus far? I’ll argue it’s a little bit of both. To the latter point, thou
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