The Oakland Athletics head into their three game series with the Cleveland Indians looking to make a statement in the AL West. The A's wrapped up a three series divisional stretch in which they went 6-5 against their three divisional opponents. Entering that three series stretch the A's were 9-9, three games back LA and two games back of Texas.
Eleven games later the A's are 15-14, sitting one game back of Texas and LA, who are tied for first in the AL West. It's interesting to note that after 29 games last season, the A's were also 15-14, but were actually in first place, a half game ahead of Texas and three games ahead of the Angels and Mariners. It sort of goes to show that May record's don't mean a whole heck of a lot. It is important to start well, but there is a whole lot of baseball to be played.
Even still, the A's actually find themselves in the midst of an important stretch of games. After these three with the Indians, Oakland heads on the road for three games at Kansas City and another three at Texas. The Indians have the best record in baseball, we know about the Rangers, and the Royals are hanging around in the Central and the wild card for the moment.
AL West Standings
American League Wild Card Standings
|Kansas City||15||13||.535||0.5||Won 3|
|Tampa Bay||15||13||.535||0.5||Lost 1|
(updated 5.3.2011 at 12:32 PM PDT)