September 22, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants injured pitcher Brian Wilson (38) celebrates with mascot Lou Seal after the Giants defeated the San Diego Padres to win the National League west division at AT&T Park. The San Francisco Giants defeated the San Diego Padres 8-4. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE
The Giants may have secured their postseason bid on Saturday, but the Athletics still have some work to do.
The Giants (89-64) clinched the NL West on Saturday evening with a 8-4 victory over the San Diego Padres at home. And with the Washington Nationals (92-60) holding only a four game lead for the National League's finest record, it's still possible that San Francisco can make some further noise.
The Athletics (86-66) dropped the first two games of their weekend series against the New York Yankees before grinding out a close 5-4 win Sunday in the finale. Following the Los Angeles Angels' (84-69) three-game sweep of the Chicago White Sox, Oakland's stranglehold on the final Wild Card spot in the AL has shrunk to only 2.5 games.
San Francisco will be getting Monday off as a breather before the Arizona Diamondbacks come into town and try to continue their last ditch effort at that postseason. Oakland, on the other hand, will get no rest and instead heads to Texas for a pivotal four-game series with the Rangers. If the Athletics are some how able to steal a sweep, they'll be tied for the AL West lead come Friday.