My nine-month-old daughter figured out how to clap her hands this week. The A's haven't lost a game since. There's been a lot of applause going on around these parts lately.
Thing is, I can't really figure out why this is happening. They're on a five-game winning streak, they're in first place by a game and a half, and the only home run they hit in those five games was Bobby Crosby's shot last night. They're not really hitting out of their heads--there's not a single regular with an OPS over .900. Crosby and Ellis are in the .800s, but Cust, Hannahan and Buck are all in the .500s. There's not really one thing you can point at and say, that's the reason. And yet they're scoring runs and winning games. It's a different offensive hero every day, it seems. Clap, clap.
Pitching and defense, pitching and defense. Clap, clap.
Today's game against Cleveland is in a weather delay. We'll see if the game gets played. If it does: