Oakland Athletics Midseason Review: Pitching, Offense, and Defense

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Jul 14, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics surround third baseman Josh Donaldson (20) after hitting an RBI single for a walk-off win against the Boston Red Sox at O.co Coliseum. The Oakland Athletics debated the Boston Red Sox 3-2 in eleven innings. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

For all of the talk in 2012 of the Oakland Athletics’ youthful exuberance and the magical run that was served as a cute underdog story that was quickly forgotten by the rest of the country, 2013 has been a validation and a maturation of sorts for the men sporting the Green and Gold and the fans that support them.

After 95 games, the A’s are in first place in the AL West, and they continue to win series after series in unspectacular fashion while still managing to be one of the more entertaining teams in the league to watch. This is a team that can win on any given day against any given team; that much we know.

But for this midseason review, let’s take a look at how they’ve been accumulating those victories, and what we can project for the second half based on those observations.

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