Maybe Major League Baseball was paying attention to the Oakland A’s after all.
It had seemed that, throughout the A’s 13 game winning streak, the team was being ignored. Headlines throughout baseball celebrated a myriad of players and teams, but there were crickets when it came to their run of success. It had gotten to the point where one had to wonder if a 13 game winning streak happened in Oakland if it really occurred at all.
Oakland A’s vault up power rankings
Although the A’s streak did not generate any headlines, it did make an impact when it comes to the power rankings. MLB.com moved the A’s up their rankings by 13 spots, as they made a tremendous leap from 15th to second overall.
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It is easy to understand why that would be. Even if other teams had a strong week, there is not much that can withstand a streak such as the A’s had. They have gone from 0-6 at the start of the year to have the second most wins in baseball entering Monday’s action, trailing only the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Just as everything had gone wrong for Oakland during their slow start to the season, nearly everything went right over the previous two weeks. The pitching and offense had both come around, as opponents averaged fewer than three runs per game during that 13 game winning streak. The A’s, meanwhile, averaged nearly 5.5 runs per contest.
The A’s were not going to stay that hot all season. However, that winning streak did alleviate some concerns about the team that had cropped up after the first week. It also solidified their place as legitimate postseason contenders, at least in the eyes of the rankers.
The Oakland A’s have vaulted up the power rankings, coming in just behind the Dodgers. That 13 position jump was the best in the league this week.