Stiglich's second half key series for A's
Aug. 22-24, vs. Angels; Aug. 28-31 at Angels
A package deal between two division rivals who currently sport the best records in the majors. The A’s lead the Angels by 1 ½ games. So far, they also lead the season series 6-3. They swept a series at the Coliseum in late May and have split six games in Anaheim. Of course, the importance of these back-to-back weekend series depends largely on how well each team fares in the weeks leading up to them.
Sept. 12-14, at Mariners
This is the back end of a seven-game road trip that starts against the Chicago White Sox. We know how Safeco Field (and that King Felix guy) have a way of casting a spell over Oakland’s bats. Will the Mariners still be in contention by the time the A’s arrive? That remains to be seen, but it won’t be an easy three days regardless for Oakland.
Sept. 22-24, vs. Angels
A potentially monster late-season series against a team that is finally playing to the level that its talented roster suggests it should. Again, the significance will depend on where each team is positioned in the standings at that time. But it makes for a potentially raucous atmosphere at the Coliseum. By then, the field will be covered in white yard-line stripes of course, but it won’t take the luster off this series if each team keeps winning until then.
Sept. 25-28, at Rangers
This regular season-closing series seems to have lost its pizzazz given how far Texas has fallen. But …. don’t you think the Rangers would be licking their chops to turn the tables on the A’s, who swept them to finish out the 2012 season and stole the A.L. West title? By the time the A’s arrive in Arlington, this series could either be completely meaningless or incredibly pressure-packed.