You know the old saying, first you get back to .500, then you think about how to get to the playoffs. OK, the A's are back at .500 with their sweep of Toronto; how's the playoff picture look?
11.5 games behind the Angels in the division.
9 games behind the Mariners for the wild card.
7 games behind the Yankees for second place in the wild card.
5.5 games behind the Tigers for third place in the wild card.
Nope. Too many teams ahead of the A's, too many games back. I think we need another saying. First you get back to .500, then you get to within 5 games of the lead, then you think about how to get to the playoffs.
I shall now return to my relaxing summer, free of the stress of playoff worries.